Thin to Win
|Mil Spec Nymphs|
"Now that was a cast," I privately assured myself as I landed my small PMD emerger about 7 feet in front of the fish that had been taunting me all day. He was the guy that was telling his fish buddies "hey watch this," and he would rise very aggressively, and then stay subsurface for 15 minutes. Little did he know, that I had a fresh dry fly itch, and it was going to get scratched that day. This went on for about 40 minutes or so, and this fish had me right where he wanted me; frustrated, searching for exactly the right bug, casting hurriedly... I had dry fly fever. Curtis will attest that I change flies more than humanly necessary, and this trip was no exception. On went a little curved shank bunny jobber, with all the right floaty parts in all the right places. This bully of a fish lost that battle on the very cast that I had reassured myself that it was a good cast... He was a brute. All of 13" and he got a stern tongue lashing from me before being released to taunt another day. This fish, however, won a battle for the rest of the fish in that river because he made me lose my focus long enough during my tirade of clipping off and tying on new patterns that I left my pack unzipped and I dropped my "mayfly" box (of about 350 flies) into the river. I didn't realize until the next week. I half-heartedly looked, but I knew that this probably just meant that I was going to have to hit the vise pretty hard to replace them. Off to the shop to pick up a box and a bunch of hooks...
|Mil Spec PMD Nymph|
A couple of notes when tying these: DO NOT USE A CHARTPAK MARKER like I did (sorry to yell), but the chartpak ink dries a bit slower, so it can bleed into the body, making it a one toned fly. Sharpies work really well. Also, try different colors of thread like burnt orange, purple, brown, gray, etc. etc. The sky is the limit with these bugs.
|Add to Cart||View in store|
Hook: TMC 2488 Nymph Hook - 18 - 25 Pack
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive
Tail: Sparkle Emerger Yarn - Brown
Wing: Whiting Brahma Hen Saddle - Mottled Gray
Thorax: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - BWO
TBD: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - Small
Other tools from the tutorial:
|Tiemco TMC Adjustable Magnetic Bobbin|
|Loon Ergo All Purpose Scissors - 4"|
|Marc Petitjean Whip Finisher|