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Darth Vader Nymph

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Darth Vader Nymph
Martin Joergensen
Year of origin
Tied by
Martin Joergensen
Very easy
Target species
Brown trout
Rainbow trout (landlocked)

HookHeavy wire nymph hook, size 8-12
Tying threadBlack 8/0
Body and ribbingBlack copper wire (Wapsi)
Wing case (optional)Peacock herl
ThoraxBlack dubbing
HeadTying thread

Tying instructions

  1. Wrap 4-6 turns of heavy wire around the front part of the hook shank
  2. Cover the weight with tying thread
  3. Attach the copper wire behind the weight
  4. Wind the copper wire in tight turns to the bend of the hook and then a bit
  5. Return the copper wire in open turns to form a ribbing
  6. Tie off and cut
  7. Varnish the abdomen and weight (optional)
  8. Attach a few strands of peacock herl just in front of the copper wire, pointing to the rear of the fly
  9. Dub over the front part of the body
  10. Bend the herl over the thorax, tie down and trim
  11. Form a head, whip finish, cut thread and varnish

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