FLY OF THE MONTH- August 2018


Fly of The Month

The ‘Something to Try’ (... from Philip Bailey)



The August Fly Lines issue carries a great article by Philip Bailey on Euro Nymphing. In the exchange of emails that I had with Phil he quite out of the blue sent me a photo taken with his iPhone of a nymph that he uses.

He called it "something for you to try". So it wasn’t even given a name. The photo above is my attempt at tying Phil's nymph, and I used a bright red bead because I didn't have an orange bead like the one he used in the photo he emailed to me, Pic below.





Tying details:



Hook: Jig hook, size 16 (for the fly in the photo. Philip ties them in larger and smaller sizes.)

Thread: Brown 8/0

Bead: Pearl orange– size 3.0 mm. Philip ties this fly using beads of 2.4 mm, 3.0 mm, and 3.3 mm for various hook sizes. He also suggests that a copper bead can be used.

Tail: Grizzle hackle fibres.
Rib: Glo-brite orange. (Which I didn’t have, so I used some bright orange thread as a substitute for the photo.)

Body: A few turns of lead on the hook shank behind the bead will add some weight and keep the bead in place. The body is then dubbed hare fur.

Hackle: Philip uses Francolin, but suggests that brown partridge is an acceptable substitute.


Tying Procedure:

  1. Slide the bead onto the hook and place the hook in the vice.
  2. Slide the bead along to the eye and then lock it in place with a few turns of lead wire tied behind Then tie some thread over the lead wire, adding extra turns behind the wire to hold the lead wire turns in place. You can add a few drops of superglue on the lead and the thread at this stage to keep it all secure.
  3. Take more thread turns down to the start of the bend and tie in the tail fibres and the ribbing. The tail should be about two thirds the length of the hook shank.
  4. Add hare fur dubbing to the thread and wind the thread back along the hook shank to the bead, building up a body of increasing thickness.
  5. Wind the ribbing on in evenly spaced turns with these turns being made in the opposite direction to the turns made to complete the dubbed body. (This will prevent the ribbing from sinking into the body.)
  6. Prepare the hackle feather. If using a partridge feather then tie it in by the tip right behind the bead and then make two careful turns around the shank.
  7. Tie the hackle feather off carefully wind the thread through the hackle turns back to right behind the bead.
  8. Add a pinch more of hare fur dubbing and make one more turn behind the bead.
  9. Trim off all the excess bits and then use a whip finish to complete the tying process. 
(Philip suggests that if he used a copper bead he might be tempted to put a smidge of orange ice dubbing behind the bead.)