February 10, 2008

X Factor Nymph

hook: size 10 Tiemco 2457 or other 2x heavy scud hook
thread: 6/0 UNI, dark brown
head: black bead, 5/32”
wingcase: flashback (mylar or other wing material), pearl
thorax: antron yarn, brown stone
legs: silicone grizzly legs, silver peacock
body: antron yarn, brown stone
rib: Ultra Wire gold, medium
tail: antron yarn, brown stone

Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in 3" of antron yarn, leaving the length of fibers about one hook length as the tail. Tie in the wire rib. Wrap thread forward over the tag end of the wire to midway across the hook shank. Wrap (palmer)the antron yarn around the hook, 2/3 of the length, building up a tapered body. Tie off and trim. Wrap the wire rib in the opposite direction that you wrapped the yarn, tie off and trim. Cut the flashback material in a 1/8” wide strip. Tie in. Tie in a sili leg on each side of the hook shank at the thorax. Tie in a piece of antron yarn. Wrap thread to beadhead. Palmer the yarn to the beadhead, building a thorax, tie off and trim. Fold the flashback forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

Fish the fly like a standard nymph. Experiment tying with different color wire, antron yarn, and sili legs. The possibilities are endless.