Tucked away amongst the pages of Stan Headley’s Trout Flies of Scotland book lies a simple nymph pattern by Franz Grimley called the Wee Silver Nymph.
This little fly has been reasonably successful for me especially on bright days although to be honest I was never truly happy with the overall profile or the ‘bulk’ it tended to carry and so felt a wee makeover was in order.
Firstly I replaced the original underbody of lead with a simple silver tungsten bead and also started to use the excellent Partridge K5AS Egg / Caddis Heavy hook which offers something very strong and very heavy for the size. Substituting the body material with silver holographic tinsel really makes this wee pattern stand out and I also felt the original required a little something on the thorax and so added a small amount of hare’s ear dubbing to complete the overall profile of the pattern and I’m pleased to say it really works.
Best when fished in the faster water on a straight nymph set up it’s also quite handy if fished ‘Klink ‘n Dink’ style especially in those bright sunny days where it seems to draw fish when more sombre patterns don’t. Just to add to its appeal the Wee Silver’s even been successful on the tail position in a team of loch flies so you can say it’s a wee bit of an all-rounder.
Thread: Black Uni 8/0
Body: Medium Silver Holographic Tinsel
Rib: Fine Silver Wire
Thorax: Hare’s Ear (or Grey Squirrel)
Step 1 Set bead on hook and catch in thread directly behind
Step 2 Catch in a small bunch of Coc de Leon to form tail
Step 3 Catch in thin silver wire for rib and complete tapered profile on body with thread
Step 4 Catch in medium holographic silver tinsel behind head, run tinsel down and back up again to form body
Step 5 Wind silver wire rib in opposite direction to holographic body in open turns
Step 6 Take a pinch of natural hare's ear dubbing to form thorax
Step 7 Make one whip finish then apply a small amount of varnish to thread before completing second whip finish
Step 8 Finally lightly pick out some of the thorax fibres to help the overall profile