A simple little nymph pattern I’ve been using quite a bit this season bringing me success on a number of different waters and scenarios is my wee Nylon Nymph, so named as I use a nylon ‘thread’ to form the body.

Maderia is a brand most fly tyers will know, especially if you visit craft shops, sewing shops and rake around looking for tying ideas which is exactly what happened earlier this year accompanying my better half as she shopped for items best suited to her wee hobby.

Tucked away in a dusty corner was two spools of Maderia Monofil No 40 Smoke (there’s a clear thread as well) which I instantly thought would make perfect wee nymph bodies especially as it has a slight olive tinge to it.

When back home I almost immediately came up with this pattern (although initially it didn’t have the florescent orange collar) and I was really pleased when the deep olive colour really came through when UV varnish was applied.  (You can enhance this a little with an olive pantone pen, on the clear thread a host of pen colours can be used, but that’s a whole different tutorial)

In the water the varnished body and single bead / combined with the heavier gauge wire K5AS Egg / Caddis Heavy means it sinks very quickly so reaching bottom and fish depth is easy.  Movement and profile are completed with a small Coc-de Leon tail and I’ve added extra attraction with a small Mirage Pearl Tinsel rib as well as a hot spot orange florescent collar.

A very simple and easy to tie nymph that catches well both on ‘Duo’ as well as ‘straight through’ nymph styles for rivers and has even attracted more than a few rainbows when fished on an indicator at a small Stillwater.



Hook: Partridge K5AS Egg / Caddis Heavy size 12 - 16

Tail: Coc-de-Leon fibres

Thread: Maderia Monofil no 40 (smoke)

Rib: Small Mirage Pearl Tinsel

Collar: Fire Orange Uni 6/0 floroscent thread

Body: UV varnish over all except tail

Bead: Depending on hook size, I prefer 2.5mm – 3.4mm in gold or copper (countersunk.)


Tying Sequence:

Step 1 Slip on bead of choice, place hook in vice and lay a body of thread.

Step 2 Take a pinch of Coc de Leon fibres for the tail

Step 3 Catch in tail at desired length (approx 14 length of body or slightly longer if you require some extra movement)

Step 4 Catch in Mirage Tinsel rib then form body shape with nylon thread

Step 5 Run rib in even turns up hook and secure.  Tie off and trim away nylon.

Step 6 Catch in orange floro thread and form small collar.

Step 7 Whip finish thread at collar

Step 8 Apply UV varnish and cure using UV 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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