Published Jan 22. 2020 - 3 years ago
Updated or edited Jan 23. 2020

Glam Rocker

This little jig is a heavily weighted nymph pattern created by John Newbury. It features a nicely segmented body built with contrasting wire and a quick sinking tungsten bead head. The fly is meant to mimic small stonefly nymphs and mayfly nymphs. You can tie a large variety of variations by changing up the colors of wire, bead or collar.
John uses Hanak Jig BL400 in sizes 14-#18, but most jig hooks should work well for the purpose. It should also be noted that John uses Spectra dubbing on his flies. I use Diamond Dubbing, but Ice Dubbing or Arizona Synthetic Peacock Dubbing should all work great.
Use the brassie (BR) sized wire for hook sizes #12-16 and scale down to small (SM) UTC Ultrawire for sizes 18-20. John aims for 7-8 segments on the exposed body of the fly. I found that adding a little bit of a tapered thread underbody helps to wrap the wires with touching turns and gives the nymph a nice profile. Dark thread under the body helps if there are gaps in the wire covering.
A little bit of cement applied to the thread wraps under the collar before wrapping will add some extra durability and help keep the finish of the fly clean.
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Glam Rocker Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Jig #12-20 Firehole 516
Bead: Silver slotted tungsten
Thread: Olive 8/0 70d
Tail: Dark Pardo CDL fibers
Body: Olive and Gold Ultra Wire BR (SM #18 -20)
Collar: Peacock Ice Dubbing (cement applied under before wrapping)


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