Tying the Glam Rocker Fly Pattern – Ep180 PF #PiscatorFlies

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This little jig is a heavily weighted nymph pattern created by John Newbury. It features a nicely segmented body built with contrasting wire and a quick sinking tungsten bead head. The fly is meant to mimic small stonefly nymphs and mayfly nymphs. You can tie a large variety of variations by changing up the colors of wire, bead or collar.

John uses Hanak Jig BL400 in sizes 14-#18, but most jig hooks should work well for the purpose. It should also be noted that John uses Spectra dubbing on his flies. I use Diamond Dubbing, but Ice Dubbing or Arizona Synthetic Peacock Dubbing should all work great.

Use the brassie (BR) sized wire for hook sizes #12-16 and scale down to small (SM) UTC Ultrawire for sizes 18-20. John aims for 7-8 segments on the exposed body of the fly. I found that adding a little bit of a tapered thread underbody helps to wrap the wires with touching turns and gives the nymph a nice profile. Dark thread under the body helps if there are gaps in the wire covering.

A little bit of cement applied to the thread wraps under the collar before wrapping will add some extra durability and help keep the finish of the fly clean.

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Glam Rocker Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Jig #12-20 Firehole 516
Bead: Silver slotted tungsten

Thread: Olive 8/0 70d

Tail: Dark Pardo CDL fibers

Body: Olive and Gold Ultra Wire BR (SM #18 -20)

Collar: Peacock Ice Dubbing (cement applied under before wrapping)

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