Articulate Burrowing Mayfly Nymph – by Dronlee

featured, Fly Patterns, Step-by-Step Tutorials — By on July 12, 2012 9:34 am

This is a new attempt of tying a articulate foam burrowing nymph, which the tail will point up and swing ( head down) when you give small little strip.

Hard wire
Heavy Short shank hook ( add lead if you wish )
2mm thick foam
Pheasant Tail fiber
Tape Wing
Loon Hard Head
Mono line

Cut a short hard wire, fold it half and tie in the pheasant Tail fiber

Tie in 2 pcs of foam as the abdomen

Tie down the foam to create abdomen

Put in a short pcs of soft feather, tie the foam around, trim the extra foam

Use marker to color the abdomen

Prepare a heavy short shank hook, tie in the mono line

Put in the abdomen section and tie down the mono line

Tie in the 3 pairs of legs and the tape wing

Tie in the thorax foam profile

Tie in another thorax foam profile

Fold the foam over and create the head

Put in a pair of pheasant tail fiber as antenna, tie the eye profile

Color the thorax with marker

The Burrowing Nymph is ready

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Rating: +18 (from 22 votes)


  1. Mitch Svaty says:

    Nice pattern!

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  2. Tony Spezio says:

    Very nice tie, looks lifelike.

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  3. David Nelson says:

    Does the wing imply that this is an emerger pattern? Obviously, nymphs don’t have wings.

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  4. N Spitzer says:

    Incredible detail but must have to be larger than anything short of a Salmonfly. Betcha can’t do it on a pair of 22s.

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  5. Tchavo Nikolov says:

    I like it! Such nymphs are well spread in our mounting rivers and springs. Does it enough heavy and how deeper
    it is going?

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  6. Michael Bishop says:

    Utterly realistic! It would be a killer pattern to use as the trout are feeding on emerging nymphs near the surface. There are also ways to fish it mid depth, even though it’s tied out of foam.

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  7. Mathias Lang says:

    Wow, beautiful pattern!
    If you tie in the abdomen loosely it would wiggle with the current for even more realism.

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  8. Geordie boy says:

    First class this look’s like even I can have a go at this one it,s the bee,s knees

    PS What,s tape wing never seen it before

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  9. Dexter Morgan says:

    You skipped what you did underneath the thorax and how to make the eyes. Instructions and material list is also vague.

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  10. Super nice pattern. The marker work is excellent.

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