Here is a nice easy pattern for those lethargic winter bass. Bass love dragonfly nymphs, and this food form is readily available to them in any healthy pond. When fishing for bass, or anytime when you are around such a pond, look around at the variety of dragonflies that perform their acrobatics over and around the water, touching down occasionally to drop their eggs.
Those dragonflies were
previously, of course, in their larval form at the bottom of that same
pond. They hang around on the bottom, and on the stalks of pond vegetation
such as reeds, pond irises, lily pads and similar vegetation. If you find
a live one and pick it up, you�ll receive a nice bite from it if you put
it in your hand--so be careful. You will notice, though, that they are
rather thick in the upper abdomen area, and somewhat flat in appearance.
Those characteristics affect the manner in which the fly is tied.
3X long nymph or streamer hook, #6-10
.020 lead wire
Black 6/0 or 8/0
Ringneck pheasant back fibers
Dark olive dubbing, tapered up
Ringneck pheasant tail fibers
Muskrat guard hairs, well picked out
Mono nymph eyes
1. Wrap lead on shank, starting at about the 1/3 point up from rear
of shank, and wind to the front 1/3 point.
2. Cover shank and lead with thread, and move thread to back end of
3. Take 8-10 fibers from a bluish tint ringneck pheasant back
feather, and tie them in as a short tail--about 1/3 of the length of the
4. Take 4 or 5 peacock herls and tie them in at the same spot as the
tail was tied in. Now drop a dubbing loop around 3 inches long, from the
shank at the same point, and advance the thread to the front of the hook.
5. Twist all of the peacock herls together with the thread, so you end
up with a nice, thick rope. Now wind this rope up to the front 1/3 point
on the shank and tie it off there.
6. Tie in about a dozen Ringneck pheasant tail fibers by their butts,
with the tips pointing to the rear; these should be tied in right where
the abdomen ends. To avoid having an unsightly �gap� between the back
of the wing case and the body, as you tie in the wing case, run the thread
up onto the body a bit.
7. Now drop a dubbing loop about 3 inches long, and attach a dubbing
loop tool to it. Take a bunch of muskrat fur off the skin with all of the
guard hairs intact. Slip the fur and hairs into the dubbing loop, and then
twist the loop, trapping the mixture and forming a fuzzy rope. Grab the
end of the thread loop with hackle pliers, and wrap the rope around as a
thorax. Take a piece of the hook side of Velcro and tease out the the
guard hairs. Push them down from the top and up from the bottom so all of
them are out to the sides.
8. Tie in mono eyes around 1/8 inch behind the eye.
9. Pull the pheasant tail over the top as a wing case, and tie it in
behind the eyes.
in a peacock herl or two behind the eyes, and wind them behind the eyes,
and through the eyes in a figure-8 manner. Tie them off in front of the
eyes, whip finish and admire the result.
Remember: to help perfect your skills, tie at least a half
dozen of any pattern you tie; this will help you achieve consistency in
your tying. Line them up on a piece of foam, and look them over with a
critical eye; select the one you think is best tied, and mentally list the
�mistakes� you made in the other five. Then, sit down and tie another
6 and compare them to the one you selected as the best, and again select
the best of the best, and . . .
Copyright 1998 by Granite Bay Flycasters unless otherwise noted.