Saturday, April 12, 2008

Hot Spot Nymph

Now with the ever popular Mustard Caddis out of the way, how about the next best fly since chocolate cake?

The fly almost all anglers in South Africa would have begun fishing the Vaalriver for the small mouth yellowfish for, will probably be the Hot Spot Nymph, or some variation of it, since it just works. This being a very simple fly you will be surprised just how often you use similar patterns for other flies.
This is a fly well worth mastering, and like said, the techniques used in this fly is reproduced on countless similar flies.

Category: SM Yellowfish

Imitates: Have no idea (Attractor fly)

The one I'm showing is the very basic, "down to earth" simple version that you would find on the shelf tied by all the major companies who sell flies. It is largely based on the PTN with only slight modification.
Michael (a friend) has a more advanced version on his site over here that I've also used with great success!

Hook - #12-16 Nymph hook
Thread - Brown 6/0
Weight - Optional brass, tungsten bead
Thorax - Orange dubbing (could also be yellow, green and even red)
Tail - Pheasant tail (center quill)
Extra - Copper wire

Step 1

Prepare your hook (#16) and tie in the copper wire.

Step 2

Tie in a few barbs (usually between 5-10, depending on the size of the hook) of pheasant tail to form the tail.


Move the thread all the way to the where the thorax should start, about 1/3 from the eye of the hook.

Step 4

Wind the rest of the barbs round the hook, making sure you take note of the direction you wind it. Tie it down and trim the extra.

Step 5

Now wind the copper wire in the opposite direction that you used for the barbs, reason being this will secure the structure of the fly and tie down the barbs more thoroughly. Tie it down and trim the extra bits.

Step 6

Tie in some more barbs, about 10 stands will do nicely to form the wing case.

Step 7

Spin a thin noodle of orange dubbing for the thorax.

Step 8

All done! Take care to leave some space just behind the eye of the hook to tie in the final materials.

Step 9

Bend over the barbs to form wing case and tie it off.

Step 10

Trim off all the excess and whip finish. Done!

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