Published Feb 18. 2023 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited Feb 20. 2023

Mayday Mayfly Jig Nymph

The Mayday Mayfly is an attractor style mayfly nymph imitation that has served me well for many years. I first started tying and fishing the Mayday Mayfly right out of college around 2010. The tensile underbody on the abdomen was inspired by Lance Egan's Rainbow Warrior. This was before Lance and I had become friends, and his flies were already a staple in my fly box. After some trial and error with both materials and color schemes, I landed with a few variations that consistently fished well for me. I liked the idea of a rib that both segments and attracts, and the Simi Seal dubbing added a super buggy element to the pattern. But one of my favorite aspects of this fly is how quick and easy it is to tie. There are only a few materials, and all of them are fairly easy to manipulate onto the hook when tying. It is also extremely durable and will hold up to being chewed on by fish after fish when tied the way shown in this video. For days on the water when searching for fish, this is a go-to pattern that consistently gets the job done for me.


Hook: Umpqua XC400BL Jig 14-18
Bead: Gold Slotted Tungsten
Thread: Veevus 14/0 - Fl. Orange
Tail: Coq De Leon
Abdomen: Holographic Tensile - Brown - Size Medium
Rib: UTC Ultrawire - Hot Orange - Size Brassie
Coating: Solarez Bone Dry UV or Raid Zap Thin UV
Thorax: Solarez - Simi Seal Dubbing - Brown

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