Thanks Michael. I wasn’t asking about a brand but wanted to know if you tied on a longer then standard shank length (2-3x?) and whether it was a standard weight or a 1x heavy or 1x light? I really have to add these to my boxes.
Hello Bill, a standard nymph hook 2x long and 1x strong and some flat lead at the thorax area is the most suitable for the rivers here with me. Habitat of these nymphs is normally slower water and pools.
Pleased to read you like them and add some in your fly box.
Thanks again Michael. These will make a match for the slow water nymphs in my waters. I’ve a feeling they are going to become a favorite.
I’m likely going to tie a few with the flat lead you mentioned but most of my copies will be unweighted. Most of my streams have a rather rugged rocky bottom. That’s perfect for the nymphs to hide in the cracks but makes weighted flys all too easy to lose.
The 16-18 size range will mostly match the baetis swimmers but I will probably upscale a bit to cover the slate Drake nymphs and swimming Hexes (sandy or muddy substrate streams).
I’ve a number of Isonychia patterns that do well for me but I like the simplicity and clean lines of your pattern too much to resist tying it. Thanks again for the original post and your responses.
These look even better in person than in your photo Michael. I knew I was going to like these despite not having fished them yet.
I enjoyed tying your pattern as shown as well as making a few changes along the way to satisfy my own whims. These are going to be real fish getters here.
Michael, love this fly, will be tying a few of these today. (Well, attempting too at least; ) Could you tell me what you used for the abdomen? My guess is partridge tied tips forward, then folded towards the front? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Michael, thank you for the info. I tied a few with partridge abdomens, but the bar pattern was not tight enough to get any segmentation. I’ll try wood duck next. Have to say, you use cdc in some very creative ways.
The cdc parachute is super clever. I have had good luck with klinkhammers and variations of the missing link pattern. I think that rim of cdc around the post must be pretty attractive to a fish... you know your in trouble when you start considering a “sick” day, just so you can tie flys!
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