Friday, June 17, 2016

Fly Tying - FFM Nymph

FMM Nymph Eater

The Yuba River can be quite finicky during the bright summer months. Nymphs and dries that produced throughout the year will all of a sudden stop working. The common go-to flies like the S&M nymph and rubberleg stone will still get a few grabs here and there but they aren't going to be the hot flies of the summer. What gives?

Long story short, PMDs...

FFM Nymph

Materials List:
Tiemco - 3769 - size 16
Uni - Thread - 8/0 - Camel
Gold Beadhead - 3/32''
Goose Biot - Amber
Coq De Leon
UTC Ultra Wire - Extra Small - Copper
Hareline Dubbing - Pale Yellow
Krystal Flash - Midge - Olive

Fly Tying Instructions
Step 1

Step 1 - Begin by threading the beadhead to the hook.

Step 2

Step 2 - Start your thread and tie in three to four strands of Coq De Leon at the bend of the hook. Make one wrap behind and underneath the Coq De Leon to ensure they stay nice and straight.

Step 3

Step 3 - Tie in the extra small copper wire to the side of the hook shank.

Step 4a

Step 4a - Cut off a piece of goose biot and snip a bit of the short end.

Step 4b

Step 4b - Tie in the short end of the goose biot to the top of the hook shank.

Step 5

Step 5 - Fold the goose biot over the hook shank and secure at about two-thirds the hook shank.

Step 6

Step 6 - Wrap the copper wire about four times, secure, and cut off the excess.

Step 7

Step 7 - Wrap your thread behind the goose biot to fold it back.

Step 8

Step 8 - Dub half way between the goose biot and beadhead.

Step 9

Step 9 - Tie in the krystal flash. I like to cross two strands like an X and figure eight my thread in the middle of the two strands.

Step 10

Step 10 - Dub the rest of the thorax. Try adding enough dubbing behind the beadhead to create a nice taper.

Step 11

Step 11 - Line up the strands of krystal flash and cut off about half a hook shank worth. Secure and whip-finish twice. Finished.

Extra Information
Little Ones Too

The FFM nymph seems to work best during the bright summer hours on the Yuba. By staying true to the saying, "Dark day dark fly, bright day, bright fly" you can figure out a pattern that looks natural in the current light conditions. The fish seem to key in on these patterns.

I consider this pattern to be a variation of Hogan Brown's famous S&M nymph. The name "FFM" shares a fun relation to the original "S&M" which it is inspired from. If you're unfamiliar with what "FFM" means, google it with the word "videos" but don't click on any links... or maybe just one.

Don't be afraid to change the colors up to match the hatch.

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