Published Sep 4. 2003 - 19 years ago
Updated or edited Oct 8. 2020

The Great Nymph Project

Mass Production, on a Minor Scale

A nymph fished carefully and in fear of being lost to a snag is a nymph that is not being used effectively. Nymphs need to be fished with almost reckless abandon, bumped along rocks, drifted into root piles and undercuts, all places where fish like to hang out and pluck edibles from the nearby currents.

With that in mind, I hope to tie up a single box full of my two favorite nymph patterns, carrying them with me like a bandolero full of ammunition. I can use them at will - with no more regret at their loss than that associated with a spent shell casing.

These are simple nymphs - tied quickly with minimal ingredients. Proven fish catchers that have worked well for me for several seasons. I will tie these nymphs as sort of a mass production project - beading all the hooks, blending the dubbing, making the dubbing brushes, etc., in hopes that I can reduce the time investment to the absolute minimum. The less time spent at the vise, the less trauma suffered at the break-off.

These are not flies tied for the enjoyment of tying flies. You don't tie one from start to finish then hold it up to the lamp for inspection. They should fly off the vise like popcorn. This is work with a single purpose in mind - catching fish. Get these done, and then I can relax and tie flies for pleasure.


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