The Blushing Onyx nymph is something I’ve been working on for just a short time and have only had a chance to get out fishing with it a couple times. So far, it’s been producing really well in the creeks I’ve fished it, bringing several nice resident trout and even a couple river chubs.
The idea for this trout fly comes from a discussion I’ve had with Joe and Sean about the visibility of the hotspot on flies like the Mohawk Hotspot PTN. We were questioning how visible the spot would be tied either on the top or bottom of the fly. I think it was concluded that the hot spot tied as a collar, or in the round, would be the strongest hotspot. We talked about adding the hot spot to the top and bottom or even just using a hot bead, but I think this blushed effect on a dark bead provides a nice middle ground for the dark nymph.
Blushing Onyx Nymph Jig Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Firehole 516 #12-16
Bead: Black tungsten
Thread: Black 8/0 (70d)
Cheek: Pink floss, polish, UV resin
Tail: Black hackle fibers
Body: Black Ultrawire (brassie)
Thorax: Black Diamond Dubbing (Ice)
Body Coat: Bone Dry UV resin
The Black Betty is a variant of the Carp Carrot by Jim Pankiewicz which is an adaptation of the Carrot Nymph by Anvil Tartus. I tie this lighter variation with a set of 4 bead chain eyes to help the fly sit hook up. With the lead eyes, the fly has enough weight to turn hook up, but the bead chain version doesn’t alway hold true. the extra eyes help fix this.
4 Eyed Black Betty Carp Fly Recipe
Hook: Carp hook #4 http://ebay.to/2t5a273
Thread: 6/0 Black
Eyes: Black 3.2mm bead chain (4 balls) etsy.me/2t2CfLz
Tail: Silicone tab skirt black
Rib: Brassie wire black
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Black hen
Head: Black Peacock Diamond Dubbing
I’ve been tying hundreds of these tubes over the past few months and so I’ve also been watching lots of Scandinavian tube fly videos. Here is a nice simple pattern with just one wing. Lots of the ones I’ve been tying have 2-3 wings, tags, tails, multiple collars, discs…. This one is nice and simple. it does take some time to become familiar with some of the finer points in tying this style of fly. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tobbe Hedin late last year to discuss some of the details and get some of the “secrets” of tying this style. Schlappen, and hen hackle work quite well where hackles are often too stiff for collars. For the hair, it can be tough to source stuff long enough, but I’ve had great success from Foxy Tails in the UK. It may seem a bit pricey, but the hairs are long, and each pack has a rather generous amount. If you don’t object to using dog hair, templedog is a nice material to work with, but I do like the courser texture of the fox.