By all accounts from around the country, the September spring rains have finally arrived, in mid-November! It is a good feeling, there is a cool freshness in the air and a smell of wet earth. The garden is alive with a cacophony of bird song and soon the streams will be lively and sparkling again. It’s a good day to tie a few flies. I thought I’d share the ‘Guru Variation’ with you. I was first introduced to the original by a good friend who is also known as the ‘Guru’ amongst a whole range of other pseudonyms. But, he is also a good ‘nymph O’ and the fact that this fly came with his recommendation, I can say with confidence, you should have a few in your fly box. I have put my own twist on the original (sorry Seun) using peacock over ribbed with a clear vinyl ribbing winding it in touching turns so a little of the herl protrudes between the ribbing to represent gill filaments. The rest you can hopefully see from the pictures except the fact that this fly carries serious weight for fast water and those deep mysterious, decidedly fishy looking holes where you need to get down deep, and quickly. I like to tie a smaller nymph or soft-hackle about 30 to 40 cm off the bend. By the way I tie mine on a Partridge Klinkhammer hook in sizes 14 and 16.
A shot showing the ribbed fly.
Completed fly with important triggers – gill filaments and translucent light through the vinyl rib – good fly.
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