Solar Panel Nymph

Power Up Your Nymph Game

This pattern is a culmination of some experiments with materials I had never put on the same hook before, vinyl nymph rib and speckled flashabou.  In the mess of my fly tying dungeon I have had several spools of half round nymph rib sitting in a drawer for over 10 years, but I had never really played with the small stuff on a mayfly nymph with it.  I had just finished using the speckled flashabou on a streamer pattern, so it was on the desk taking up space when I decided to tie a vinyl rib mayfly.  The Solar Panel Nymph was the result and it has been a great producer on the river ever since.  It can be tied in a wide array of colors due to the translucent nature of the vinyl ribbing, and many colors of flashabou could be added.  Overall, this is a pattern that is perhaps a bit more realistic than a pheasant tail or a hare's ear, and it's not difficult to tie at all.  The tip with the lighter was a modification of a technique I saw from Mak-Flies on YouTube.  It's a pretty slick way of tying it in with no bulk at the back of the fly.

~ Cheech

Material List

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Hook: Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook - 14     
Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Camel     
Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Badger Dyed Brown     
Body: Speckled Flashabou - 6933 - Gold     
Body: Vinyl Rib - Rust - Small     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Jet Black - 3/32" (2.3mm)     
Thorax: Hare'e Ice Dub - Tan     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Zap-a-Gap Brush-On Super Glue     
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish