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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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     


  1. I like it. Nice bug and technique.

  2. Yo this is devan at Progrexion, thnks Cheech for the stuff from Andrew really appreciate it man! You rock, your flies are awesome always getting compliments from people and fish alike..

    1. Bro... It's the least I could do for you having to put up with Drew all day.