Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fly Tying: S&M Nymph

The S&M nymph is a pattern designed by local celebrity guide Hogan Brown. This is a superb blue-winged olive nymph that Hogan created specifically for the Lower Yuba River. Not only does this pattern work well on its home river it also works on any river or stream with a significant BWO population.

S&M Nymph

Material List
TMC - 3769 - Size 16
Bead - Gold - 3/32''
 Uni-Thread - 8/0 - Olive
 UTC Ultra Wire - Olive
 Krystal Flash - Midge - Olive
Mercer's Buggy Nymph - Dubbing - Olive
 Pheasant Tail - Natural
Goose Biot - Brown

Fly Tying Instructions
Step 1

Step 1 - Set up your hook with the beadhead.

Step 2a

Step 2b

Step 2 - Tie in your thread and three strands of pleasant tail fibers. I like to measure the fibers about half the shank of the hook. Cut off the excess.

Step 3

Step 3 - Next tie in your olive wire. Note that the original recipe uses a solid dark olive wire rather than the shiny variant.

Step 4

Step 4 - Make a few turns with your wire to form the segments of the abdomen and cut off the excess.

Step 5

Step 5 - For the goose biot wingcase cut off a bit of the pointed end to get full use of the fiber. Tie in the biot.

Step 6

Step 6 - Tie in a bit of dubbing about halfway up the shank of the bare hook.

Step 7a

Step 7b

Step 7c

Step 7 - For the krystal flash legs I like to cross two strands like an X and tie them in with a figure eight wrap. To secure I will pull the strands back and make a few thread wraps while trying to them keep them in place.

Step 8a

Step 8b

Step 8 - Dub the rest of the hook. You may need to add a bit more dubbing behind the copper bead in order to create the proper tapered look of the fly.

Step 9a

Step 9b

Step 9c

Step 9 - Fold the goose biot over. Make a few wraps to secure and whip finish twice for durability.

Step 10

Step 10 - Cut off the excess goose biot so that it folds just over the beadhead.

S&M Nymph


Extra Information

The S&M nymph is one of my go-to nymphing patterns whereas I have found them effective in nearly every body of water I've fished. I will typically tie this pattern on a size 16 hook to look like a size 18 fly. The S&M is a great easy-to-tie BWO pattern that simply gets the job done.

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