T-Bird’s Nail-Nymph !

by Steve Dally at The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal

as a follow up to yesterday’s Davy Knot post, seeing that Teresa ‘T-Bird’ Van Winkle and Davy Wotton are an item, here’s an interesting video on a very successful nymph pattern.
it’s not like replacing standard feather fibres with much-more moving marabou is something new but then its not all that common either and well worth adding a couple of these variants when tying a series of nymphs.
this extra tail movement can be the deciding factor at times and has come in more-than-handy throughout the years for me.
in short, this slight transformation of the tail brings the same nymph pattern somewhere between the ‘traditional’ nymph and a swimming micro streamer, giving the fish in turn another enticing tidbit to wet their appetites. give them a try.

PMS (Purple Mini Streamer)

by Hans Weilenmann

hot off Hans’ vice, here’s a juicy little muddlerish’ streamer pattern that’s sure to do the trick on several species.
i particularly like the use of recycled materials, in this case produce net bags unmeshed and used as the body and rib in one easy,  thin and translucent maneuver.
some are a little reluctant to use deer hair and this is a great pattern to get the feel for it as this pattern’s sparseness requires the use of only a few hairs. as in a lot of other methods, it’s easier to start with little and then later adapt what we learned to bigger flies.
the novice will want to pay close attention to both verbal and visual details: stacking, the pinch and loop (soft loop) to initially tie in and keep the deer wing on top of the shank, winding the thread into different parts of the hair butts to secure and splay them and spinning the hairs to get the ‘ball effect of the head. most deer hair tying methods are right here in this great tutorial and it’s definitely something to have in your tying repertoire. enjoy !

continued thoughts on fly design: the micro-clouser

over the past several years a lot of my streamer tying has been influenced by larger freshwater predator or salt water patterns. in a similar manner as my great friend Andy Baird is obsessed with tying micro flies for trout, i’ve found great success on all sorts of fresh and saltwater fish by toning down the sizes of a lot of my streamers. adapting different materials while keeping the same basic construction influence and design elements of the classics can give astonishing results. it also gives the satisfaction of having tweaked someone else’s design while honoring their work.

here’s a little variant of Bob Clouser’s ultra-famous Clouser Minnow. with a total length of 2cm, the hook is a size 18 Hayabusa caddis pupae barbless, the dumbbell lead eyes are replaced by two tiny bead-chains and dark and light olive marabou replace the usual deer hair. when fished with varying retrieves, the result is a fly that can look like either a mini fish, a damsel nymph or other nymph. i’ve also had several takes as it was falling through the water column on it’s own.
it’s swim is very seductive so maybe it’s perceived as just something sexy that’s too good to resist. contrary to deer hair the marabou fibers wiggle back and forth like crazy, just like little fish and damsel nymphs do when they’re out for a stroll or trying to get to a safe area. the turbulence created by the bead chain eyes augments the wiggle effect.