The Season’s Little Gems
As our river seasons drew to a rapid conclusion, I reflected on a few of the flies that deserved a note for the success they had brought during the past 8 months.
I’m at first not a nymph fisherman, preferring dry flies whenever they are doing the job, but for those times when I’m driven below in an attempt to search for what the trout want, I do turn into a bit of nympho; not a very good one, but there is no denying that it probably is the most rewarding technique considering that the trout’s diet consist mostly of mayfly nymphs. Anyone’s fly box would be seriously lacking if it didn’t contain a small selection of patterns to satisfy this food source.
The picture below shows two of my favourite Baetis nymphs from this past season. I don’t know if it is the red and blue tags that have helped, but for whatever reason, these two have outfished my stock Zak and GRHE nymphs.
The soft hackle is named the Guru after a good friend who introduced me to this fly not long ago. It is a modern take on the original age-old soft hackle flies or Yorkshire Spiders from England – typical of the Guru’s creative, free thinking fly tying style.
I have made a few of my own modifications by using an under-body of peacock herl over wrapped with clear vinyl rib as opposed to his which has a black V rib over the shank. The fly also incorporated a tungsten bead a few millimetres along the shank behind the Partridge hackle. It can be fished on its own, but does do a good job 30 to 40 cm behind a heavily weight point fly New Zealand style.
Guest blog by Peter Brigg