Learn how to tie 7 mayfly nymph patterns. These patterns (tied using various hook sizes & colors prescribed in our recipes) will imitate any type of mayfly nymph for any species that trout feed on. 90 min.
This mayfly tying DVD shows you how to tie each of the following (7) seven mayfly nymph patterns. These patterns (tied using various hook sizes and colors prescribed in our recipes) will imitate any type of mayfly nymph for any species that trout feed on. Once you learn to tie these, you will never need to tie another mayfly nymph pattern. The flies shown do not imitate any particular species of mayflies. The colors of materials should match those in the recipes provided with the DVD depending on the particular species of mayfly you desire to imitate.
Perfect Fly Mayfly Nymphs:
1. Perfect Swimmer Nymph:
Imitates small swimming nymphs like the Little Blue-winged Olive group of
Plauditus, Timpanogo, Acentrella, and Diphetor genera. Blue-winged Olives like the baetis species are will imitated with this slim, profile nymph. This one can be tied in hook sizes ranging from a 14 to a 22. Most of them are a size 16 and smaller. This one can be weighted to fish on or near the bottom or as is in the surface skim.
2. Perfect Super Swimmer Nymph:
Imitates larger swimming nymphs such asthe Slate Drakes, Gray Drakes,
Callibaetis, Brown Duns and others. This one works best for those swimming
nymphs that are a hook size 14 and larger. These larger swimming nymphs
are very good swimmers and behave a lotlike small minnows. They can dart around near the bottom with sudden bursts of speed. The fly can be fished
dead drift but is best when presented with some action imparted either by
twitching the tip of the fly rod or by small short twitches made by line hand.
3. Perfect Crawler Nymph:
Imitates a huge group of crawler mayflies including the Sulfers, Hendricksons,
Pale Evening Duns, Pale Morning Duns, Flavs, smaller Western Green Drakes
(12, 14), Little Dark Hendrickson, Small Western Dark Hendricksons, Chocolate
Duns, Blue Quills, Mahogany Duns, Eastern Blue-winged Olives and Tricos.
It can be tied in sizes as large as a 12 hook size and down as small as a 22. In the water, it movement imitates the gills and legs of the crawler nymphs very well.
4. Perfect Super Crawler Nymph:
Imitates the big crawler nymphs that are a size 10 and larger like the Great Red Quill and those Western Green Drakes that are a hook size 10 and larger.
Although it doesn't imitate a large number of species, it is important for those it does imitate. Slightly weighted, it can be fished from the bottom to just beneath the surface skim where these crawlers shed their nymphal shucks and emerge.
5. Perfect Burrower Nymph:
Imitates the big burrower nymphs which are the large drakes including the Brown, Yellow, Golden, Eastern Green, Great Olive-Green Drake, Dark Green Drake, Big Slate Drake, and White Fly. The natural movement of the materials this fly is made of imitates the swimming motions of the burrower nymphs very well. Weighted correctly for the particular depth of water you are fishing, this fly can be presented from the bottom to the surface in a very realistic manner. It is not necessary to add any additional action to the drift of the fly.
6. Perfect Clinger Nymph
Clinger nymphs are flatter than other types and have longer tails that are spread out. This fly imitates the large groups of clinger nymphs such as the Western March Browns, Eastern March Browns, Light Cahills, Cream Cahills, Heptagenia Group, Quill Gordons, Slate Duns, Yellow Quills, Dark Red Quills,
Ginger Quills, & Little Yellow Quills. The thorax is weighted to help keep it on the bottom where the clingers live and stay. The fly is much flatter than it appears in this image.
7. Perfect Emerging Nymph:
Imitates those smaller nymphs that are hanging in the surface film after the wing case has split and the wings are unfolding. For the most part these are hook size 18 and smaller mayflies that have trouble getting through the surface skim. It is more nymph than dun and represents the emerger when the wings are just beginning to unfold. It will float in the skim in a
more upright position than shown in this image.
We do not think that trout can count but we do think that the size, shape and form of a fly is a factor in whether or not trout take your imitation for the real thing. Mayfly nymphs have six legs, not twenty or thirty like many standard imitations. The legs extend out along the sides of the nymph. They do not have several legs on each side extending out of the same spot. Mayfly nymphs have three, or sometimes two, tails; not six or a dozen like many imitations. Although gills are present in certain areas, the abdominal section of most mayfly nymphs is basically smooth and segmented, not solid or fury.
There are basically four types of mayfly nymphs-swimmers, burrowers, crawlers and clingers. Most clinger mayfly nymphs look about as much alike a burrower mayfly nymph as an elk looks like an antelope. The slim, streamlined swimming nymphs don't resemble the crawlers very much either. Generally speaking, this fact alone requires at least four basic types of mayfly nymph patterns. Some of the nymphs within the same category are quite different. While it is true that many mayfly nymph species can be imitated well by just varying the size and color of the same pattern, others require features with different shapes and forms. Our nymph and emerging "Perfect Mayfly" imitations vary from our "Nb" nymph that is intended to be fished from on or near the bottom to the surface; to the "En" or emerging nymph, which has unfolding wings and the front part of its body partially out of the shuck.
The mayfly patterns including in this program are selected to imitate the 43 (forty-three) categories of mayflies that are included in our "Imitating Aquatic Insects - Mayflies" program. We attempted to keep the number of different patterns and recipes as low as possible. The result was forty-three categories. These categories closely represent over one hundred species taken from the genera of all the important families of mayflies. In each of the 43 categories, there are usually 5 (five) and may be as many as 6 (six) different
patterns specifically selected to cover the various stages of the mayfly specie or species covered in that category. We believe that there is enough difference in the naturals in each of the categories to justify tying and fishing specific imitations that represent them. Keep in mind, this covers the entire United States and you may only be concerned with the mayflies that are prevalent in the area you fish. You can further eliminate the ones needed even more by obtaining the "Choosing the Right Fly" program for the area you fish. This way, you may only want to be concerned with tying the flies you need for the streams you fish within that area. Remember, all the flies are cross referenced using an alphanumerical reference to the "Imitating Mayfly"
programs; the various programs in the "Understanding Trout" series; and the "Choosing the Right Fly".