As our river seasons draws to a rapid conclusion, I reflect on a few of the flies that deserve a note for the success they have brought during the past 8 months. I’m at first not a nymph fisherman, preferring dry flies whenever they are doing the job, but for those times when I’m driven below in an attempt to search for what the trout want, I do turn into a bit of nympho; not a very good one, but there is no denying that it probably is the most rewarding technique considering that the trout’s diet consist by a country mile, of mayfly nymphs and in particular of the small Baetis species. Anyone’s fly box would be seriously lacking if it didn’t contain a small selection of patterns to satisfy this food source.
The picture below shows two of my favourite nymphs from this past season and imitating Baetis nymphs. I don’t know if it is the red and blue tags that have helped, but for whatever reason these two have out fished my stock Zak and GRHE nymphs.
The soft hackle named the Guru after a good friend who introduced me to this fly not long ago and one that has since then attracted a whole bunch of decent trout. It is a modern take on the original age-old soft hackle flies or Yorkshire Spiders from England – typical of the Guru’s creative, free thinking fly tying style. I have made a few of my own modifications by using an under-body of peacock herl over wrapped with clear vinyl rib as opposed to his which has a black V rib over the shank. The fly also incorporated a tungsten bead a few millimeters along the shank behind the Partridge hackle. It can be fished on its own, but does do a good job 30 to 40 cm behind a heavily weight point fly New Zealand style. Ideal for deep holes and in fast water, in fact, it is a good fly just about anywhere in a stream.
Thought I’d just share my little size 16 gems with you.
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