Solar Panel Nymph

Cheech - July 20, 2016

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
  • Hook: Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook - 14
  • Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - Camel
  • Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Jet Black - 3/32" (2.3mm)
  • Tail: Flash Sale Hackle 77 - Whiting 4B Hen Saddle - Variant (Speckled Brown)
  • Body/Wing Case: Speckled Flashabou - 6933 - Gold
  • Body: Hends Body Glass - Round - Light Brown
  • Thorax: Hare'e Ice Dub - Tan
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Painted Colors

$6.50
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed

$3.25
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub

Hare'e Ice Dub

$2.99
Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook
Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook

Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook

$5.85
Speckled Flashabou
Speckled Flashabou

Speckled Flashabou

$5.99
Hends Body Glass - Round
Hends Body Glass - Round

Hends Body Glass - Round

$2.99