Nymphs…

PrebenDrawing by Preben Torp Jacobsen from his book “Nymfefiskeri” (1972)

Every year,when preparing for a new season the same thought hits me. I should fish more nymphs. It usually stays as just a thought,even tough every fly fisherman knows that if we do,we will catch more fish. To me it just seems kind of meaningless throwing these tiny creatures into a big river,not to mention a lake. The book “Nymfefiskeri” (1972),by the danish fly fishing legend Preben Torp Jacobsen, is always a good read. Everytime I look through this book my views on nymph fishing changes a bit. I find new inspiration to both tie nymphs and think of fishing with them a lot more than before.

Yes,I know that nymphs and pupas are what the fish eat most of the time. All the underwater stages are fundamental for the existence of the fish. Normally,my stupidity lets the dry fly win. Note to self: Tie up a good collection of nymphs for this season…And,fish them!

May Nymph

May Fly Sometime…

Hares Ear

Hares Ear (Dark Olive)

Food

Just Eat…

Damsel Nymph Tan…

KristianKristian in action…

Damsel nymphs are among my favorite patterns throughout the season. This is the tan version of Gary Borgers Marabou Damsel Nymph. The above picture is from early season fishing in a great forest lake close to my home…

Lead

1. Tie down a good amount of lead/tungsten wire. Secure it with the thread and a coat of varnish.

Tail Body

2. Then tie in the marabou (Mottlebou). Don´t mind the lenght at this point. Then wind the rest of the marabou to form the body.

Case

3. Tie in a good bunch of peacock herls. If you do it right you can use this for up to three flies, so do not throw away the excess herl.

4. Next step is either to make a dubbing loop or just dub a mix of hare´s ear and marabou to form the thorax.

Damsel

5. When you are done with the thorax it might be a good idea to brush it up before you form the wing case. Leave a short stub of the herl over the hook eye. The last thing to do is to adjust the lenght of the tail. It should be about an inch/2.5 cm long.

I can guarantee a good catch on this one…!