Driggs/Jackson area fly fishing guide Boots Allen ties up his Elk Liver Nymph fly pattern. I really love the finished look of this little nymph, but if you don’t have access to creating dubbing brushes, you can use a simple dubbing loop to get the job done. The result is a very mottled looking nymph with a decent amount of flash.
Elk River Nymph Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Dai Riki 700 #10
Bead: Brass bead
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Black ostrich herl
Abdomen: Wire dubbing brush (crystal flash ep fiber micro rubber legs)
Wingcase: Crinkle mirror flash – rootbeer + epoxy
Thorax: Ice Dubbing Bloody Mary (Black, red, purple, maroon)
Youtube: The Weekly Fly
Jimmy Legs is a simple weighted stonefly pattern. The variegated chenille imparts a natural appearance to the damp fly and the 8 flexible legs help to suggest living prey item for searching fish. While the fly will work wonderfully on Alberta’s Bow River, I’m giving this one a whirl on some of the Great Lakes tribs this summer.
Jimmy Legs Fly Recipe
Hook: Mustad Nymph Sproat S82 3399 #8
Thread: Semperfli Nanosilk Olive 6/0
Legs: Round Rubber Legs Brown/Chartreuse
Body: Variegated Chenille Olive/Brown
Youtube Channel: Bow River Troutfitters
The Fly Fiend is a nymphing machine and has been cranking out some stellar nymph patterns. This version of the Frenchie Nymph is tied on a jig hook and adds a little collar of CDC behind the thorax hot spot. The pattern is a simple fly but is a proven staple fly for any trout, grayling, perch of panfish fly box. The Frenchie Nymph is a popular fly for competitive anglers and is seen on many multi-rig setups. The pattern can be modified easily by changing up the thread and thorax dubbing and by using different shades of dyed pheasant tail.
The origins of the pattern are said to have originated in the competitive fly fishing events in Europe. As the story goes, a young Frech angler was stacking up the numbers on the river during a competition. A certain amount of secrecy is expected, and it may be considered uncouth to ask what the anglers catching fish as using. Everyone was expecting that the kid had some ultra realistic fish catcher, but at the end of the event, he revealed the shockingly simple stripped down Pheasant Tail Nymphs.
Frenchie Nymph fly pattern recipe
Hook: Partridge Patriot Jig hook #12-16
Bead: Gold tungsten slotted
Thread: Fl. Pink 70 denier
Tail: CDL barbs (Coque de Leon)
Body: Ringneck pheasant tail
Rib: Fine copper wire (UNI soft wire small)
Collar: CDC natural dun
Thorax: UV pink ice dubbing
Youtube Channel: The Fly Fiend
Youtube Video: Frenchie Nymph fly pattern