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6 Evil Weevils

Not really all that evil, more of a godsend I think. Jeremy Davies developed the Evil Weevil back in the 90’s and it has spawned many variations. Take a look at the fly bins in any of the Calgary fly shops and you will see the success it has achieved. The goose biots give the fly a distinct silhouette in the water and it is a proven killer when used on a hopper dropper set-up.

The SBS was created by Rob O’Reilly and while he has made a few modifications over the original, it is still just as effective. Jeremy has really become a master of tying these flies, and if you get a chance to watch him tie one, do so. He can bang them off in under 2 minutes, it’s no wonder he is able to tie over 30,000 flies a year.

On the sixth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
6 Evil Weevils
5 Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs
4 Baby Buggers
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

Evil Weevil

Evil Weevil – Click here for the Step-by-Step tutorial 

Hook:Scud hook Tiemco 2487 Mustad C49S #8-14
Bead: Gold
Weight: .020 lead wire
Thread:8/0 olive dun
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Rib: Fine gold wire
Back: Thin skin or scud back
Abdomen: Arizona Dubbing or diamond dub, peacock color
Legs: Brown goose biots
Thorax: Arizona Dubbing, peacock color

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5 GRHE's

I can’t think of a more fitting fly to represent the gold rings than the Gold Ribbed hare’s Ear Nymph or GRHE for short. I remember years ago when I had just started fishing, I made my way out to a small stocked trout pond and was wailing away, frothing up the water. An older gentleman was fishing just down from me a couple hundred feet. I watched as he reeled in fish after fish, and must have changed my fly 5 or six times with no luck. After an hour or so of nothing, the gentleman walked over and gave me a few pointers on casting, position and offered a particularly well tied GRHE. I thanked him graciously and tied on the nymph. 4 casts later, I got my first hint that there were actually fish in the water I was targeting. Soon after that, I snagged the fly and lost it on a tree during a back cast. Later that night, I took out my tying table and tried to replicate the gifted fly. It was actually pretty simple to tie, and within an hour I had enough tied up to give the pond another shot.

The next day proved to be the ticket. During the day I managed to stay away from the trees and ended up with a few nice grip and grin shots of some stocked rainbows.  

On the fifth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
5 Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs
4 Baby Buggers
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph
Hook: Mustad 3906b 10-18
Thread: Black or Brown
Tail: Guard hair from hare’s mask
Ribbing: Fine gold wire or tinsel
Body: Tan fur from hare’s mask
Wing case: Pheasant tail fibres or mottled dark turkey feathers
Thorax: hare’s mask

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