Friday, September 28, 2012

Featured Fly - Trigger Nymph

Here is a spin of of Mike Mercer's Trigger nymph, I made a few simple substitutions to this great fly, so that it is a bit faster to tie. You will notice on his original pattern, he uses pheasant tail for the tail, I use CDL feathers, the CDL feathers are a bit stronger so they will last a bit longer before breaking off. The other small difference that I do, or don't do, is add legs, its one more step and I'm working on simplicity with my nymphs these days. This little nymph works great during a hatch or around the time of a hatch, this particular pattern is tied in BWO colors, I also have it in hendrickson pink, sulphur yellow, and march brown. Fish this guy anytime of the year and you will love the results.

Hook: TMC 2488 sz. 12-20
Bead: Cyclops Bead sz. to match hook
Thread: UNI Thread 6/0 - Olive 
Tail: CDL Feathers
Body: Goose Biot - Olive 
Thorax: SLF Squirrel Dubbing - Olive 
Wing: Ice Dub - Olive 

Step 1: Make a thread base, stopping just after the bend of the hook.

Step 2: Tie in 5 to 8 CDL Fibers.

Step 3: Tie in the goose biot, move the thread to behind the bead.

Step 4: Grab the goose biot with hackle pilers, making even turns wrap biot up to bead.

Step 5: Dub a section behind the bead leave a little room for the wing and second dubbing wrap.

Step 6: Make a dubbing ball with the ice dub, slide it down on-top of the fly. Tie down, keeping all dubbing on the top.

Step 7: Make one or two more wraps of SLF Dubbing behind the bead. Whip finish and cut.

Finished Fly 

Trigger Nymph - BWO and Sulphur 
This awesome Brown fell to a Hendrickson Trigger Nymph 

This little guy couldn't resist a March Brown Trigger Nymph 

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