The Delo’s Improved Nymph, designed by Matt Delorenzo, is a slight variation of an Iso Nymph. The fly uses stretch micro tubing for ribbing, and so it lets the body color really show while keeping the fly durable. The colors can be switched out to tie an endless variety of the nymphs. The tungsten bead ensures the fly is hugging bottom and swings in the strike zone for as long as possible. Matt also ties a steelhead version of the fly for stained and coloured water using an orange bead. It is defiantly a guide pattern as it is quick to tie, and it lands a ton of fish for Matt and his clients. It can’t hurt to have a bunch tied up for your own box.
Delo’s Improved Nymph Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Daiichi 1260 #12-18
Bead: Tungsten copper (match size to hook)
Thread: Veevus 16/0 brown
Tail: Dark Hungarian partridge
Ribbing: Micro stretch tubing
Body: SLF dubbing
Wingcase: Thin Skin mottled oak
Legs: Craft ribbon and Dark Hungarian partridge
You can follow Matt Delorenzo on vimeo to check out this and the rest of his fly tying videos and visit theflypatch.com
The Black & Grizzly Snatcher is a proven lake pattern which has been a consistent producing fly when trout are feeding near the surface of the water. Kristen ties this pattern on a curved shank barbless hook, but any curved shank hook, like the Mustad Signature C49S or TMC 2457, should work well. The pattern was designed to mite large emerging chironomids from the Scottish lochs, but the pattern will work great in North American slitters just as effectively. Cast the fly using a dry line and use a slow retrieve as you would with any chironomid. You can visit flies-stepbystep.com to see the complete sequence of tying steps.
Black & Grizzly Snatcher Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Dohiku 644 no. 12 (barbless) or similar scud hook
Thread: Black UNI 8/0
Tag: UTC 140 fl. pink
Body: Black UNI Stretch
Rib: UNI Soft Wire
Collar: Black hackle feather
Visit flies-stepbystep.com to see the complete sequence of tying steps and make sure to check out Krystian’s other patterns.
This meaty pattern from Montana angler Matt Wilhelm is sure to draw some specimen trout into the open from the safety of the undercut. Matt uses the fly both in the spring after the spawn and in the fall. Earlier in the week, I was treated to a spectacular video of Alaskan trout fishing by OPST and would love to have a chance to chuck this fly to some of the beautifully marked and speckled rainbows featured in the video. Matt explains that he doesn’t stick to a strict set of colors for the fly and will makes changes depending on conditions and water clarity. Matt also suggests adding extra weight to the shank for those who are wading while fishing the fly. I do see a bit of an issue with the eye placement on the top of the shank. The fly will keel over and ride hook up. A couple suggestions to combat this is to use a bead or cone head up front with body weight added, or tie the rabbit strip on the underside and attach it through the hook.
Hook: Dai Riki #710 streamer hook
Thread: 3/0 match to fly color
Eyes: Medium barbell eyes
Tail: Olive marabou
Body: Verigated chenille
Wing: Rabbit super strip
Legs: Black round rubber
Hackle: Hen hackle or schlappen