The Midas touch, confessions of a nymph-omaniac.
The Midas nymph is my rendition on a more common pattern called the copper John, which uses copper wire instead of gold oval tinsel amongst other things. The interesting thing about the copper John, according to Bruce Olsen sales manager for Umpqua Feather Merchants, The worlds largest manufacturer of commercially tied flies, the copper John is the best selling trout fly in the world. “We sell them by the tens of thousands” Bruce says, and thats just the original copper version. When you add in all the colour variant of that pattern, the numbers get to be absolutely staggering.”
Thousands of anglers around the world cant be wrong. If you haven’t tied and fished with the copper John, its probably time you did!
Head: Gold brass bead head
Hook: Mustad S6ONP-BR # 16-10
Tying thread: Dyneema
Tail: Golden pheasant topping
Thorax: Peacock herl
Legs: Goose biots
Wing case: Medium oval gold tinsel
After having great success with bead head nymphs for both trout and grayling, over a period of time a pattern began to develop. Since the introduction of bead heads in the early eighties, we all know how well they fish, but if I was fishing with exactly the same weighted nymph, but tied with a black bead head instead of a gold one, the amount of takes where not dramatic, but noticeably reduced! So my natural chain of thought is that its the gold head which was the main attractor factor. Why not try a nymph that is totally gold ! After my initial attempts, I quickly discovered that the tinsel body and thorax where extremely venerable to small sharp teeth, and had a very short lifespan. But a coat or two with Bug Bond or Epoxy sorted that out. This is a relatively new pattern and I have only fished it seriously last season, although the results where good, its still too early to say how good! Tie some up and try for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! This spring it will also be tested on sea trout…
This entry was posted on June 4, 2014 by barryoc. It was filed under Fly Fishing art, Fly Tying, Material Reviews, Step by Step and was tagged with bead heads, Bug Bond, copper John, Fly Tying, Grayling, hooks, Midas, Nymph, sea trout flies.