An Experiment

An oldie pattern from GFF   Other Lab flies

By Martin Joergensen

What else would you expect to find in a lab...?
This fly is one of the many that I seem to crank out at random. Most of them end up as garbage and never even find their way into my fly boxes, but this one had something. Just a little something. Look at the color photo of the fly.
I was trying to make a fly for night fishing that wasn't a muddler. Most - if not all - of my night flies are muddlers, but sometimes I want something that will move water, but not necessarily fish high in the water. This fly does that.
It's inspired by some of the classic Danish flies used for sea trout in the streams. It's tailed and winged with bucktail and has a collar made from nutria. It's a nice looking fly, casts well, works well in the water - and it hasn't coaught a fish yet.

Hook Straight eye, 2-4, Partridge John Holden
Thread Brown
Body Nutria dubbing
Rib Medium flat gold tinsel
Tail Brown (natural) bucktail
Wing Brown bucktail
Hackle Collar from nutria, made in a spinning loop
Head Small from tying thread

  1. Tie in a fairly large tail
  2. Tie in the ribbing
  3. Dub the body to a thick cylinder
  4. Stop one or two eye widths behind hook eye
  5. Rib the body in close turns
  6. Tie in wing and varnish base
  7. Form a dubbing loop from tying thread
  8. Wax one strand
  9. Put nutria underfur/guard hairs in the loop
  10. Spin it
  11. Turn the hackle two-three times
  12. Tie off and finish with a small head

User comments
From: Stephen Nagy · snagymd·at·  Link
Submitted August 21st 2010

This is remarkably similar to Polly Rosborough's Casual Dress Nymph, tied with Muskrat.

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