The Iron Lotus

May 1, 2017

The Iron Lotus is a quick sinking imitation of a mayfly nymph. Its slick, coated body aids in the sink rate, its subtly segmented body adds realism, its sleek silhouette matches the naturals and its gold tungsten bead and subtle red thread hotspot give just enough flash and color contrast to pique the interest of feeding Trout. If you are a fan of dumb humor movies (like me), then you likely know where this fly got its name. Shortly after designing this fly the movie, "Blades of Glory", came out. My team watched "Blades of Glory" several nights while tying flies leading up to a National Fly Fishing Championship. In the movie was a dangerous, yet wildly effective (if executed properly) skating move called the "fabled iron lotus". I thought the name was a catchy, and kind of summed up this pattern so I borrowed it for this fly. I tie these in size 12 to 16 using jig hooks and size 18-20 on regular nymph or scud hooks. Because Baetis nymphs do not have anything red or gold on them, I've tried several versions of this fly with black or black nickel beads and without the red thread hotspot, thinking picky tailwater fish might prefer a more natural looking fly. For me, the more lifelike colorations have been completely out-fished by the original sporting red and gold. I can't tell you why the fish prefer the hotspot and gold bead, but I can tell you they do. Go fish...

Material List
  • Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14
  • Thread: Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0 - Olive Dun
  • Bead: Fulling Mill Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 2.8 mm
  • Tail: Spanish Coq De Leon
  • Weight: Lead Wire Spool - 0.015
  • Abdomen: Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0 - Olive Dun
  • Ribbing: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - White
  • Hot Spot: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red
  • Thorax: Arizona Synthetic Dubbing - Peacock
  • Wing Case: UTC Flashback Tinsel - Black - Large
  • Coating: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow
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    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

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    Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads
    Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads

    Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

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    Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook
    Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook

    Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook

    $8.95
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

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    6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
    6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
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    6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
    6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

    6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

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    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

    $2.99
    Lead Wire Spool
    Lead Wire Spool

    Lead Wire Spool

    $4.75
    Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook
    Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook

    Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook

    $8.35
    Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow
    Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

    Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

    $16.99
    Umpqua XC400BL-BN
    Umpqua XC400BL-BN

    Umpqua XC400BL-BN

    $8.00
    Fulling Mill 5045 Jig Force Barbless Hook
    Fulling Mill 5045 Jig Force Barbless Hook

    Fulling Mill 5045 Jig Force Barbless Hook

    $13.25
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing
    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing

    Arizona Synthetic Dubbing

    $2.75
    Hanak H 450 BL Jig Hook
    Hanak H 450 BL Jig Hook

    Hanak H 450 BL Jig Hook

    $8.95
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
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    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0

    $3.50
    Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads
    Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads

    Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Metallic & Painted Colors

    $7.99
    UTC Flashback Tinsel
    UTC Flashback Tinsel

    UTC Flashback Tinsel

    $1.75
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
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    Spanish Coq De Leon
    Spanish Coq De Leon
    Spanish Coq De Leon
    Spanish Coq De Leon

    Spanish Coq De Leon

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