"The Dark Lord Nymph"
This pattern, which is actually a variant of the hoary old Prince Nymph, was to the best of my knowledge created by Ron Hart, a friend and fellow guide who lives in Mt. Shasta. Fred Gordon has a similar fly, and I suspect many others (me included) have “fiddled” with the Prince Nymph in an effort to attract more trout. What the Prince represents has never been clear, but no one can argue with its success. Likewise, it’s not clear (at least to me) what the Dark Lord represents. It works, and that’s all that counts in the last analysis. I usually fish this as a point fly in a size 18 during the August “dog days,” when only “LBS” little black, er, stuff, seems to work. So, tie up a few of these little gems and hide them in a corner of your fly box for a dog day, or for any day on the water.
This fly is tied using the same steps as the Prince Nymph. The
materials, of course, differ somewhat.
hook in vise and smash barb. Slide the black bead onto the hook.
Cover the hook with thread back to a point just above the back of
in the brown biot tail; it should be about 1/3 of the length of the
shank. Most tiers find this step difficult. To make it easier, tie
the two biots on separately. Later on, with practice, you can tie
them both on at one time. Form a small thread ball just above the
back of the barb. Place one biot on the far side of the hook, and
tie it in just in front of the thread ball; don’t wrap all the way
back to the ball yet. Now tie in the other biot on the close side of
the hook in the same manner. Hold both biots firmly in place, and
wrap back to the thread ball. Secure the butts and cut any excess.
in the ribbing material just above the back of the barb, in front of
the biots. Now dub a slim, tapered body to a point just behind the
bead. Leave a tiny bit of room between the back of the bead and the
dubbed body; this will make it easier to tie in the wing biots.
ribbing forward in even wraps, and tie it off just behind the bead.
two black biots and place them one on top of the other, in a
slightly “criss-cross” position so that they look like a
slightly open pair of scissors. Measure them to the length of the
shank, and tie them in just behind the bead.
in a black (or dark brown) soft hackle (hen works), and take 2 or 3
wraps. Tie it off and cut excess.
a tiny bit of dubbing behind the bead and in front of the hackle to
finish the fly, whip finish, glue, and tie this little devil to your
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