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: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive
  • Bead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 7/64" (2.8mm)
  • Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Medium Pardo
  • Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .015
  • Abdomen: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive
  • 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
  • Tools Used: Loon UV Infiniti Light,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads
Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads

Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

$7.99
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

$3.25
Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow
Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

$16.99
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

$3.99
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

$3.25
Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook
Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook

Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook

$7.25
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
Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs
Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs
Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs

Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs

$24.99
UTC Flashback Tinsel
UTC Flashback Tinsel

UTC Flashback Tinsel

$1.75
Fulling Mill 5045 Jig Force Barbless Hook
Fulling Mill 5045 Jig Force Barbless Hook

Fulling Mill 5045 Jig Force Barbless Hook

$12.95
Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads
Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads

Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Metallic & Painted Colors

$7.99
Hanak H 480 BL Jig Hook
Hanak H 480 BL Jig Hook

Hanak H 480 BL Jig Hook

$8.95
Spanish Coq De Leon
Spanish Coq De Leon
Spanish Coq De Leon
Spanish Coq De Leon

Spanish Coq De Leon

$9.99
Loon UV Infiniti Light
Loon UV Infiniti Light

Loon UV Infiniti Light

$59.99