Kelly Galloup ties (eventually) a version of his Improved Beatis Nymph fly pattern. Kelly is a great speaker, and he could fill a book talking about a single fly, so it’s not surprising that a fly that takes about 3 minutes to tie needs a ten minute introduction. But those 10 minutes are gold, and Kelly lays out some serious knowledge about tying and fishing beats patterns. If you want to jump straight to the action, skip ahead to about the 10 minute mark, but just know that you are missing out on some premium tips.
The fly is a small one, 18 being a larger beats pattern, and is designed to be fished with weight on the line rather than the fly. The pattern uses a minimum of materials, and thankfully it’s quick to tie because these things are easy to lose in bushes, on rocks or just dropping them on the ground. You can switch out the colors on the pattern to mimic other species of mayflies as well. The UV is the real brilliance of the pattern, and Kelly sights it as the more important component of this fly.
Improved Beatis Nymph fly pattern recipe
Hook: Dai-riki 305 #16-26 or standard dry fly hook
Thread: Burgundy 8/0 or finer (or choice of color)
Tail: Pheasant tail (3 fibers)
Body: Pheasant tail wrapped
Wingcase: Peacock herl
Gills: UV pearl ice dubbing or Senyo Laser Dub white
Thorax: Ice Dub black peacock
I’ve been meaning to post this one for a while, but it somehow was lost in the digital clutter. Another great pattern tied up by John Collins from Rise Form Studios.
For this weeks fly Tying Video John Collins brings you another original pattern. J.C.’S Iso PT is a fantastic pattern that has put more than a few PA Trout in my net this year. As the name states, this is a variation of a Pheasant Tail nymph that imitates an Isonychia Nymph. These nymphs are an important food source for Trout on the East Coast. They are active late spring all the way through the summer. Isonychia Nymphs are super fast swimmers so do not be afraid to let these puppies swing, or let them rise up at the end of your drift. Many days a little action on these bad boys is the key to getting the fish to slam your fly. Twist up a dozen a keep them in your box; you will be glad you did.
Okay, 2 minutes and change to tie a Copper John. It just goes to show why prepping your materials ahead of time pays. So here are a few tips on speeding up your tying.
1. Prep your materials and hooks ahead of time. ie count out your hooks and place on beads and weights ahead of time.
2. Tie in multiples. Tying 6 of one pattern lets you improve upon your speed and makes for a quick transition between flies.
3. Keep your scissors in your hand. Putting them down and picking them up wastes time.
4. Cement heads or epoxy in batches.
5. Use a waste catch. Just drop any discards with a bag under your vise.
6. Grow your fingernails. They can become great tools
7. Don’t wrap too much. Lots of tyers wrap too much, it wastes time and bulks up the fly.
8. Whip finish by hand. Just a lot quicker, and the tool is free.
9. Keep you bobbin close to the hook shank. More efficient tying.
10. Use a sharp pair of scissors. Nothing slows you down like dull tools….