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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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The USA Youth Fly Fishing Team is a carefully selected group of young anglers from across the United States

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Nymph Recipes!

Your source for flyfishing and flycraft resources since 1975.

 

Blue Wing Olive

Adams

  • Hook - snymph 2X sizes 14 - 18
  • Thread - olive
  • Tail - lemon woodduck fibers
  • Rib - brown thread
  • Body - medium olive rabbit dubbing
  • Wingcase - grey goose wing quill fibers
  • Thorax - med olive dubbing
  • Hackle - brown partridge hackle

 

Breadcrust

Adams

  • Hook - nymph 2X sizes 8 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Body - burnt orange rabbit dubbing
  • Rib - stripped ruffed grouse tail quill and fine copper wire
  • Hackle - grizzly hen hackle or soft rooster hackle

 

Early Brown Stone

Adams

  • Hook - nymph 2X sizes 10 - 14 wtd
  • Thread - tan
  • Tail - ginger goose biots
  • Body - medium brown rabbit dubbing
  • Wingcase - dark mottled tukey quill
  • Thorax - medium brown rabbit dubbing
  • Legs - brown hen hackle fibers beard style.

 

Girdle Bug

Adams

  • Hook - nymph 3X sizes 6 - 10 weighted
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - black rubber hackle forked
  • Body - black chenille
  • Legs - black rubber hackle - 3 pr equally spaced on body

Comments - Classically tied all black, buy can use any colors.

Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph

Adams

  • Hook - standard nymph hook - e.g., Mustad 3906B Tiemco 2302 sizes 8 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - hare's mask guard hairs
  • Body - hare's ear dubbing
  • Rib - fine oval gold tinsel
  • Wing case - mottled turkey tail
  • Thorax - hare's ear dubbing

 

Light Cahill

Adams

  • Hook - nymph 2X sizes 10 - 18
  • Thread - cream
  • Tail - lemon woodduck flank fibers
  • Body - red fox (aka - sandy fox, buff fox, cream fox)
  • Wing case - lemon woodduck flank fibers
  • Hackle - usually none or lemon woodduck flank tips of wing case wrapped back

 

Little Green Rock Worm (caddis)

Adams

  • Hook - streamer 3X size 8
  • Thread - black
  • Rib - copper wire
  • Body - bright green antron yarn
  • Legs - dyed green guinea hackle
  • Head - black ostrich herl

 

March Brown (American)

Adams

  • Hook - nymph 2X sizes 10 - 14
  • Thread - brown
  • Tail - moose hair fibers
  • Body - brown floss
  • rib - stripped peacock herl
  • Wing case - grey duck quill
  • Thorax - peacock herl
  • Hackle - brown hackle palmered over thorax-hen or soft rooster

 

Montana

Adams

  • Hook - nymph 3X sizes 6 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - black hackle fibers
  • Body - black chenille
  • Wingcase - black chenille
  • Thorax - yellow chenille
  • Hackle - black hackle palmered over thorax (under wingcase)

 

Pheasant Tail - bead head

Adams

  • Hook - nymph 2X long
  • Thread - brown
  • Tail - ringneck cock pheasant tail fibers
  • Body - pheasant tail fibers wrapped
  • Rib - copper wire
  • Wing case - ringneck pheasant tail fibers
  • Thorax - peacock herl
  • Legs - ringneck pheasant tail (tips from wingcase)
  • Head - copper bead
  • Comments - may tie without bead, can weight with lead wire underneath

 

Pink Shrimp

Adams

  • Hook - shrimp hook Mustad 80250 or Tiemco 2457 sizes 12 - 18 wtd.
  • Thread - pink
  • Tail - fl. pink hackle fibers
  • Rib - clear monofilament
  • Shellback - ane strand of pearl flashabou with clear plastic over
  • Body - fl. pink antron dubbing well picked out
  • Antennae - fl. pink hackle fibers (optional)

Comments - can substitute orange, olive, grey or other colors for pink. Very effective pattern

Prince

Adams

  • Hook - nymph 3X long
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - brown goose biots
  • Body - peacock herl
  • Rib - fine flat gold tinsel
  • Wings -white goose biots
  • Hackle - brown hen hackle or soft rooster

Comments - Weighted prince will incorporate several turns of soft lead wire. The bead head Prince nymph is best ties on a 2 or 3X dry fly hook to accomodate the bead head.

 

San Juan Worm - red

Adams

  • Hook - Tiemco 2457 or Mustad 80200 size 10
  • Bead - brass bead (optional)
  • Thread - fl. red
  • Body - fl. red ultra chenlle with ends burned

 

 

 

Tellico

Adams

  • Hook - nymph 3X long sizes 10-16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - natural guinea body feathers
  • Case or shell back - ringneck pheasant tail fibers
  • Body - yellow floss
  • Rib - peacock herl (single strand)
  • Hackle - furnace hen or webby furnace rooster hackle

Comments - Webby rooster hackles are easier to come by. Simply purchase a low grade rooster cape. The weighted version uses a few turns of soft lead wire.

 

White Larva (caddis)

Adams

  • Hook - nymph 2X sizes 10 - 18
  • Thread - brown
  • Rib - fine gold wire (optional)
  • Body - white wire, tubing, ultra chenille, or antron
  • Legs - brown partridge hackle or hen hackle
  • Head - peacock herl

 

Zug Bug

Adams

  • Hook - standard nymph hook (1X long)
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - short peacock sword fibers
  • Body - peacock herl
  • Wingcase - lemon woodduck clipped short
  • Hackle - brown, usually beard style, but splayed.

Comments - One of the most popular nymph patterns going. Effective as described and tied in the bead-head manner. The wooduck flank wing case hes been replaced by mallard flank these days.