Category Archives: nymphs

Flies Around the Net – July 2017

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Casual Dress

Tim Flagler give us detailed instructions for tying Polly Rosborough’s Casual Dress Nymph.

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Rich Strolis’s Shimmer Stone Nymph

Brian Wise with his first fly tying video concentrating on a nymph style fly.
The first video in the Rich Strolis Nymph Tying Series…..the Shimmer Stone.

Hook – Dai Riki 270
Bead – 5/32″
Antennae – LifeFlex
Underbody – Lead Wire .025
Tail – LifeFlex
Body/Wing Case – Flash Back
Body – D-Rib
Thorax – Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing
Legs – Hen

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Soft Hackle Carrot

From Devin Olsen:
“This is one my favorite soft hackle hare’s ear variations. It was featured as one of my confidence flies in our instructional film Modern Nymphing. It’s a variation on the tungsten carotene jig designed by my former Fly Fishing Team USA Teammate Mike Sexton, which is available from Umpqua Feather Merchants. I’ve added CDC soft hackle to the pattern to make it more mobile. It is an excellent searching pattern and fishes well whenever caddis are hatching.”

Materials list:
Hook: Hazard HH3, Hanak 230, or your favorite nymph or jig hook in sizes 10-16
Bead: Tactical Fly Fisher slotted gold, copper, or silver tungsten bead matched to hook size
Weight: 0.015″ or 0.020″ lead wire
Thread: 16/0 Veevus in dark tan or brown
Tail: Dark speckled corzuno coq de leon or a color of your choice
Rib: Fl. orange or fl. fire orange Veevus Power Thread
Abdomen: Hareline Dubbin Hare’s ear
Hackle: Nature’s Spirit CDC gray olive or color of choice
Thorax: Hareline Ice Dub uv brown

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The Fly Tying of Son Tao

I recently started to notice some beautifully tied flies posted by Son Tao. After seeing a friend from Indianapolis post that he was fishing with Tao, I was surprised to learn he was here in Indiana. I contacted him and below you can read a little about him. He has also been touched by Project Healing Waters, which is a fantastic organization that help vets. In a very short time, you can see by the photos, that Son has skills! Check out his work below!

From Son Tao:
“I’m 44 years old and currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I grew up in Pennsylvania but have bounced around for the past 16 years since I am active duty Army. My current rank is Master Sergeant.

I’ve been tying for 14 months now. I was first introduced to tying by a Korean War vet as a way to deal with post traumatic stress. I’ve been deployed 5 times and have seen some unimaginable horrors around the world. After dealing with numerous surgeries and the horrors of war, I was in a dark place. Fly tying provided me with an avenue to escape those memories. It relaxes my mind and focuses my attention in a positive way.

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoy tying classic patterns. I’m a history nerd and find the story behind Flies as interesting as fly fishing itself. So when I got started, I naturally was drawn to Catskill style dry flies.”

Stimulator with Elk wing

Fan Wing Ginger Quill

Lady Benson

Foam Back Humpy

Size 20 Griffith Gnats


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Flies Around the Net – May 2017

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Filed under Deer Hair, Dry Fly, Foam, Hoppers, Intruders, nymphs, Poppers, Saltwater, Streamers

Red Fox Squirrel Nymph

Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited proudly brings to you our Fly Tying Video Series. In this episode Chris Johnson, owner of Living Waters in Round Rock, Texas, ties one of the staple patterns found on the Guadalupe RIver, the Red Fox Squirrel Nymph.

Materials list:
Hook – Gamakatsu B10s Size 10
Bead – 7/64” Gold Cyclops Bead – EYC3250
Thread – Ultra Thread – 70 Denier – Rusty Brown
Hair – Red Fox Squirrel Tail – Micro / Nymph Size
Legs – Grizzly Pumpkin Rubber Legs
Ribbing – Small Oval Gold French Tinsel
Dubbing – Dave Whitlock – Red Squirrel Nymph Abdomen
Hackle – Whiting Brahma Hen Soft Hackle

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Black Stonefly – Ryan Cooper

From Ryan Cooper:
“If you have giant black stoneflies in your waters give this guy a try! I love the semi-realistic look the larva lace gives the body. Hope you enjoyed and be sure to tune in next week!”

Materials list:

Hook: Allen Curved Shank Nymph Sz.8
Thread: Uni 6/0 Black
Bead: 2.8mm Black/Nickel
Lead Wire: 0.015
Tail: Black Goose Biots
Body: Black Larva Lace
Legs: Black Goose Biots
Wingcase: Black Thin Skin
Dubbing: Black UV Ice Dub

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Rooster Quill Euro Nymph – The Fly Fiend

Materials list:
Hook – Partridge Barbless #12
Bead – 1/8 Black Nickel Tungsten
Tail – Coq De Leaon.
Body – 2 Rooster Saddle Feathers Stripped Down.
Collar – Yellow/Orange/Shirmp Pink Ice Dub.

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Flies Around the Net – April 2017

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Filed under Carp flies, Dry Fly, Foam, Muskie, nymphs, Pike, Realistic, Saltwater, Streamers