I’ve only been able to hit the creeks a couple times this year, but I’ve been developing this brownline nymph for the past couple seasons. In particular, I wanted this fly to target a specific river, but I’m finding that it has been producing a ton of resident rainbow trout on all the creeks I’ve fished. The thorax is a split thread loop wrapped like a soft hackle. This gives the fly a jacket of UV dubbing and the appearance of trapped gas. The brown body of the fly is contrasted with chartreuse ribbing and can be seen through the shroud of brown UV ice dubbing. I’ve used tungsten to help get this fly down deep and into the strike zone quickly. It’s a great little bead head fly for the small pocket water creek of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Brownline Nymph fly pattern recipe
Hook: Firehole 516 #12-18 or another jig hook
Bead: Gold tungsten
Thread: Brown UTC 6/0 (140d)
Tail: Pardo CDL fibers
Ribbing: Chartreuse Ultrawire small
Body coat: Bone Dry U.V.
Thorax: Brown Ice Dubbing
The Cluster Maggot is a dream find for any hungry trout, panfish or carp on the hunt. It’s likely that one of the first baits you used as a kid was a maggot on a hook, so you know how effective the off-white morsels are for catching. Now multiply this into a larger snack pack of a dozen maggots and you’ve got a winner on your hands.
The fly is tied in a similar manner as the Crystal Meth steelhead fly and finished like the San Juan Worm with a softly touched flame to the tips of each strand of chenille. If you do choose to target carp, I recommend using a heavier nymph hook for the fly.
Cluster maggot Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Firehole 419 #12-16 (or another dry fly hook)
Thread: Buttercup 6/0 (70d) (white or cream thread)
Body: White or cream Ultra chenille
Accent: Ice Dubbing Pearl UV (Golden Brown)
The CDC & Elk is one of my favorite dry flies for fishing small creeks throughout the season, but always one of the first I tie on. This is one of my most productive variations on Hans Weilenmann’s infamous original. I tie the fly in a variety of colours using CDC in yellow, olive and dun. Hans recommends using a type 4 CDC feather to tie this pattern(check out this excellent CDC article for feather types http://globalflyfisher.com/tie-better/tying-with-cdc). Luckily, most of the CDC you get will be type 4. I use a single feather for sizes 16 and smaller and 2 feathers on #14 or larger. I change up the wing between dark or light hair and often carry both in the box, using the wing as an indicator on a dropper set-up. The contrasting wing color makes the fly easy to spot on the water.
For the olive color, the golden brown ice dubbing is a nice compliment. For other colors, UV pearl is my goto color for ice dubbing. I like to just add enough for an accent and not to overdo it.
CDC & Elk Variant Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Firehole 315 #12-18
Thread: Olive 8/0 (70d)
Body: CDC type 1 or 4
Accent: Ice Dubbing (Golden Brown)
Wing: Elk or deer hair