Hook Mustad R73 9671 # 8-12
Tying thread Dyneema
Tail Olive ostrich herl
Body Olive brown Antron dubbing
Rib Olive Ostrich herl
Thorax Olive brown Antron dubbing
Wing case Golden pheasant tail
Legs Peasant tail
This pattern imitates the nymph stage of our two largest mayflies, Ephemera
vulgata, that is most common in lakes, and Ephemera danica, that is most common in slow flowing rivers and streams. These nymphs prefer sandy or muddy bottoms, where they live more or less buried for two to three years. These large nymphs can be recognized by the breathing gills along the sides of the rear body. Nymph patterns like this one should be weighted, so that they don´t swim up side down in the water, this should be done by tying in two strips of lead wire on the underside of the hook shank. The R73 hook from Mustad that I have used here is so heavy in the bend that it will swim the right way even if you use extra weight under the thorax. On these large nymphs I prefer to use Golden pheasant as the wing case. These tail feather fibers are tougher than normal ring neck pheasant tails fibers and have a little more shine.
This entry was posted on November 21, 2012 by barryoc. It was filed under Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing art, Fly Photography, Fly Tying, Step by Step and was tagged with hooks, May fly, Mayfly nymph, Nymph, pheasant tail, Realistic, Step by Step.