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
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
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)