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Woven Nymph by Jarid Church

Woven Nymph tied by Jarid Church

Woven Nymph tied by Jarid Church

Material List:
#12 Syndicate Competition Barbless Hook 202BK
1/8” Black Nickel Tungsten Bead
0.020 Lead Wire
70 UTC Black Thread
Danvilles Medium Copper Wire
DMC 935 Embroidery Thread
DMC 3364 Embroidery Thread
Live 4 Fly Fishing Olive Dubbing
Olive Dun CDC feather
Awesome ‘Possum Natural Nymph Dubbing Black


Wrap approximately 15 turns of 0.020 lead wire. Shove into countersunk bead.

Secure lead wraps with thread.

Tie in copper wire on the near side of the hook.

Tie in 3 strands DMC 935 on the near side of the hook (top color). Tie in 3 strands DMC 3364 on the far side (bottom color). Flatten UTC thread and taper underbody. Half-hitch and cut off thread.

I invert the hook to weave.

I like to rotate the vise jaws 180 degrees and weave upside down with the eye of the hook facing me. I end up with the bottom (Lighter in this case) color on my left and the darker (top) color on the right.

I like to wrap each set of thread around my middle finger on each corresponding hand. Consistent tension is a necessity. I use my index finger of each hand to fine tune the tension on the weave and also to create rearward pressure to eliminate gaps. There are two steps that are repeated all the way up the body. First, take the underbody color (in this case the left/lighter color) across to the right.

Second, the top (darker color) crosses over top of the lighter underbody color. You will bring it under the shank to the left side of the hook. *Disclaimer – I placed my finger here to maintain tension on the weave while I snapped a picture. It is not necessary when tying so long as you keep equal/consistent pressure on each thread.

Continue this all the way up the hook shank, ensuring you pass the underbody color across first. Then, crossover with your darker color and go under the hook shank. Keep in min you want to keep some pressure rearward to eliminate gaps. Also, tension places an important role in dictating where your crossover points occur. Keep at eye on these crossovers that they smoothly follow the curvature of the hook. If you find that you struggle with maintaining good tension and your crossover points “slip” (you’ll know what I mean – and get frustrated), switch up your thread to 8/0 UNI Thread. It is not as slick as the UTC and offers a better grip.

Weave the embroidery thread forward and tie off.

Counter-wrap copper wire between the crossover points created during the weave. Tie off.

Move thread back approximately 1/3 of the body. Create a dubbing noodle.

Wrap dubbing to create a ball. This will assist in flaring the CDC veil.

Create a dubbing loop and trap one CDC feather.

Twist the dubbing loop to trap the CDC and pick out with velcro or bore brush.

Wrap the CDC dubbing loop while stroking the fibers to the rear. Be sure to leave room for the dubbing collar.

Loosely dub Awesome ‘Possum dubbing. Be loosely dubbing, you can easily comb the fibers back into the CDC creating a soft blending effect.

Whip finish.

Comb out the collar and CDC.

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Yellow Monster Bugger

Lean, mean and with a color that make big trout go bananas. Slimline articulated streamer fly, that makes a good alternative to the more compact sculpin style articulated streamers. It’s an easy tie, the materials are cheap and it’s a killer (even though we probably release most of the fish anyway).

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Flymen Fishing Company introduces new popper & slider body


Flymen Fishing Company is at it again! They have really have been churning out the goods this year, wow! This newest product, just release yesterday, has me very excited! I love the new popper body! It is right down my alley for all the bass I chase and even bluegill using the smaller sizes. The cool thing about this body is that you can turn it around and tie a Sneaky Pete style slider with it.

What also surprised me about this announcement yesterday, is the new hooks that Flymen are producing to go right along with this new popper body. It has a bend in the shank to keep the popper from rotating. On top of that, they announced new Dragon Eyes.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be tying some of these babies up and experimenting!

Check out more details below provided by FFC.


Tie next-generation foam poppers, sliders, and divers.

The Double Barrel™ is an innovative, modern, soft-foam popper body that makes it easy to tie the most popular popper, slider, and diver flies being used today to target various species from panfish to sailfish!

It has several unique design advantages over other popper bodies and is available in a comprehensive range of sizes and colors, allowing you to tie a full spectrum of flies.

The versatile foam head can be tied on with the cup facing forward to create popper flies, and can be tied on in reverse to create slider, diver, and Sneaky Pete style foam flies.

Combine the Double Barrel with Surface Seducer® Dragon Eyes™ and Surface Seducer® Popper Hooks to tie a wide variety of foam flies.

Quantity per pack: Extra-small, Small, Medium (8); Large (6); Extra-large (4).
Head over to Flymen’s website to see pricing and more features.

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Smallmouth Clouser

Jay Nicholas demonstrates how to tie a Smallmouth Bass Clouser Minnow fly pattern. The fly utilizes EP Craft Fur brush and Steve Farrar’s SF Blends to create a durable and effective fly.

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Mohair Blood Leech – Philip Rowley

Phil says, “Mohair and Mohair based dubbings are excellent material choices for many stillwater patterns, especially leeches. The Mohair Blood Leech is one of my favorite Mohair based patterns. It produces all season long and has become a fall favorite.”

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Shearing Day

How alpaca fiber goes from shearing to fly tying materials at The Laughing Fly.

Andrew Nelson is running a nice operation with his Suri Alpacas. This is the same alpaca fiber I use in Monster FrankenDub dubbing.

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