Lake Champ

Published Jun 24th 2009

A beautiful dragonfly nymph in brown and black


Lake Champ

This fly is the evolution of one of the first flies I ever tied. Many years ago, when I was beginning to tie flies, I did not have more than a few basic materials and not more than three models of hooks. I wanted a huge dragonfly nymph tied by myself, so I made it almost entirely with black and brown marabou on a #6 hook with a few wraps of copper wire.

The largest one always escapes
The next weekend I went out to fish to a lake. It was my second or third time fishing with a fly rod. I was casting at the shore of a small bay, when suddenly a really large trout took my new fly, perhaps the largest trout I have ever had on the other end of the line.
As soon as it swallowed the fly, the trout came directly at me, hit me on the legs, tangled the line, and ran away.
The ones that escape are always the largest!
Since that day I can't forget what it feels like when a big trout hit your legs, and how much they like dragon fly nymphs.

Since that moment the original fly began to evolve, and in all the models I have developed it has given me good strikes, whenever it maintains certain characteristics of the original one, like the blend of black and brown in the abdomen, the bronze sparkle, the marabou tail, and the legs tied horizontally with brown hackle or marabou, long enough for a good swimming motion.
This fly works great when fished near the shore, especially where grass or other vegetation grows from the water. Does not seem to be a fly for small trout. When I have caught trout with it, they have always been larger than the average of the day.

Step 1 - thread - Cover the hook shank with brown thread to a point where the thread falls over the barb.
Step 1 - thread
Step 2 - tail - Tie in a bunch of orange marabou of approximately 1 centimeter or 2/5 of an inch and on top of that a shorter bunch of brown marabou.
Step 2 - tail
Step 3 - Larva Lace - Cut 8 centimeters or 3 inch pieces of black and brown larva lace. Tie them on the sides of the shank for 1.3 centimeters or approximately half an inch to give a wide and flat shape to the abdomen.
Step 3 - Larva Lace
Step 4 - Copper Flashabou - Wrap one strand of copper Flashabou over that structure.
Step 4 - Copper Flashabou
Step 5 - woven abdomen - Tie the woven abdomen as it is shown in the illustration, taking care that the black larva lace is on the top.  Do this 10 or 11 more times until the abdomen is complete.  The knots must be tightly jointed together.
Step 5 - woven abdomen
Step 6 - secure Larva Lace - Secure the Larva Lace pieces to the shank. At this point your fly should look like the illustration.
Step 6 - secure Larva Lace
Step 7 - Belt and legs - Change to black thread.  Tie a belt of Metallic Braid among the 10th and 11th knots of the abdomen. Secure it on the top of the fly. 
Tie the legs of orange grizzly hackle, approximately 1,5 centimeters or slightly more than half and inch long. You can do it by palmering the hackle and then tying it to the sides, or by just cutting the hackle fibers before and then tying them in position.  Secure the legs well with thread.
Step 7 - Belt and legs
Step 8 - Eyes - Tie in the bead eyes leaving enough space to tie the top of the head later.
Step 8 - Eyes
Step 9 - wing case - Tie the Swiss Straw over the belt making a \
Step 9 - wing case

Finished fly

Use it near the shore, especially in zones where grass and other plants emerge from the water.

I hope you enjoy this fly as I do every time I go fishing to a lake for trout.

Carlos Heinsohn

User comments
From: Vladimir Moreno · fortunablues·at·  Link
Submitted June 25th 2010

GREAT!! A BIG MONSTRUOSITY AS LIKED BY BIG MONSTER FISH...Fly Fishing Mosqueo Tropical in Facebook is proud of you! Good luck with your next creations too!

From: Carlos Heinsohn · crh·at·  Link
Submitted June 25th 2009

Hi Ole,
Thanks for your words! If you search on Internet for "woven flies" you'll find some tying instructions with illustrations. There is also a website called "crotcheted flies"! I found this technique some years ago on a book, and the results are allways nice.

Those were the first illustrations of a tying process I've made. I'm glad you like them! I hope I can improve with the next ones.



From: Jan-Ole Willers · olewillers·at·  Link
Submitted June 24th 2009

Hallo Carlos,

nice article and nice fly! I did not understand the weaving completely but maybe I have to try it out and see then if it works or not.

Did you do the drawings on your own? They are really great and making your report different to the ones "just" with photos.


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