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The Spanish Nymph
The Spanish Nymph
Leading the parade of fall and winter hatches is the almost ever-present BWO. While it can be said that these minuscule Mayflies take a short break in the hotter summer months, they do tend to get lumped into the misc. small Mayfly hatch during much of the year. One reason for this unintended slight is their diminutive size. In the dead of winter size 22 BWOs are pretty hard to see and positively identify. Nevertheless, they are an important food source for resident Trout and make up much of the diet in winter, most of which is taken subsurface.
That brings us to our fly of the week, the Spanish Nymph. This creation is one of the products of the world of competitive fly-fishing and has been proven all over the globe. This style of nymph tyed on a jig hook has gained popularity with the non-professional crowd and is quickly becoming a favorite right here at home.
What makes this pattern work so well is that it sinks fast with little material to suspend or slow its descent. Tyed on the aforementioned jig hook it also refrains from snagging on the bottom structure or at least lessens the likelihood somewhat. The UV coating offers a "bug like" shine and makes the fly very durable. It also looks fairly realistic when compared to other size 14 nymphs drifting by a hungry trout. The small fly tyed on a big hook helps land fish and makes it easy for frigid fingers to rig up.
While the Spanish Nymph has an impressive material list, it nevertheless is very easy and fast to tye. This makes it a great fly for the beginning fly tyer or accomplished feather twister wanting to add a new pattern to the fly box.
Hook-Size 14 Jig hook
Bead- Slotted Tungsten bead 2.8mm
Thread- Uni 8/0 Olive
Lead wire- .010 lead wire 3-6 wraps
Tail- coq de león tail
Body- Green Thread
Rib- Polish quill body Olive
Thorax- green thread
Wing Case- mylar tinsel
Finish-Cover the body in Loon Flow UV resin