Here is a neat little nymph from Fly Tying: New and Old called the Skinny Nelson. It was featured on Field and Stream as the Agust 2008 fly of the month. Tracy Peterson developed the nymph as a baetis nymph/Midge larva imitation. This looks like a good pattern for my eastern box, even though the fly was developed with Montana’s Bighorn in mind. My only modification will be to use a curved scud hook like a Mustad C49S rather than the straight shank TMC 3761. you can find the step by step tying sequence on Norm’s blog, and the recipe on F&S.
Normand Frechette has produced another great series of older flies, the Grey hackle Series over at Flytying: New and Old. It’s great to see the older flies come to life, and Norm is a great candidate. You can see some of his work on Hans’ Flytier page. i’m sure we’ll be adding more from Norm in the future.
After doing some research in Perrault’s Standard Dictionary of Fishing Flies, it was amazing to find 23 variations of the Gray Hackle series. Read more …
is a real treasure to add to your library if you can find a copy. Expect to dish out 75 buck or more for a decent copy, but occasionally you may find one at a bargain price.
Gray Hackle Blue
Hook: Dry 12-14
Tail: Scarlet Hackle Fibers
Rib: Gold Tinsel
Body: Blue Floss
Click here to see the other 9 variations Norm tied up.