I appreciate I’ve shown this style of nymph a couple of times already but this one is a cracker to have especially at the start of the season and shows off the alternative materials that can be used to form the body.

When tying keep the legs and tail longer than normal proportions as this exaggerates the movement adding attraction to the nymph especially in quicker water where this gives an additional trigger point, crucial for the success of this pattern.

That being said, it’s also a kind of two in one pattern as it’s also pretty handy without the legs, so don’t throw it away should they come off, the fish will soon let you know if it’s still working or not.

Great in the tail (point) position in a team of two (or better still) three nymphs with smaller flies above and works well on the Wide Gape Jig Hook however for the fast water I prefer the hold and added strength of the Egg Caddis Heavy shown here.

It’s not only trout (resident and sea going variety) that show a liking for this pattern, salmon have taken this nymph more than any of the others I fish which can create quite a bit of excitement as you generally have to try and get after these, no mean feat if in a white water wading position meaning a change of clothes is generally essential.

I simply can’t wait for the season to start despite the delay that’s certainly been caused by the recent cold snap and vast amount of snow.  Hopefully this clears quickly and conditions warm / river levels drop and the fish move into the ‘white bits’ which is when this pattern can really come into its own.

Hook; Partridge K5AS Egg / Caddis Heavy 12-14
Bead; Gold or copper 2.5 to 3.0mm tungsten depending on hook size
Thread; Maderia Colour 490
Legs; Micro Olive Rubber Legs (Veniard)
Collar; Uni Florescent Fire Orange 6/0 thread
Varnish; Solarez (Funky Fly Tying)

Tying Sequence:

Step 1 Slot bead onto hook, place hook in vice and catch in thread behind bead.

Step 2 Trim a 30mm length of rubber legs for tail, pinch and loop onto top of hook.

Step 3 Run thread down hook to form body and secure tail

Step 4 Run thread back up forming tapered body shape as you go.

Step 5 Trim 60mm length of rubber legs, fold in half and slide up under thread onto top of hook.  Check sitting correctly and secure with two turns of thread before whip finish

Step 6 Catch in florescent orange thread and form collar, whip finish and trim.

Step 7 Carefully cover body and collar with UV varnish ensuring you don't cover legs.

Step 8 Ensure uv varnish cover is even and body tapered (no lumps) then cure with torch

Allan Liddle

Based in Moray in Scotland's North East, Allan has specialises with the wild trout from the rivers and burns, lochs and lochans throughout Mainland Scotland and the Isles. A strong passion for fishing simple dries he feels there's nothing better than to see the fish take off the top, but isn't slow to fish a range of different styles when mood or conditions dictate. Although trout is his first love Allan occasionally chases the Salmon, Grayling stocked fish and even dabbles in salt water when the chance arises.

Allan has also represented Scotland at international level, is a GAIA qualified trout instructor and a has been a regular contributor to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine for almost twenty years. Allan’s love of fly tying spans almost thirty years and has been a regular at many tying demonstrations and work shops prior to, and since joining the Partridge Pro-Team in 2013.

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