Part of the fun about fly tying, for me, is making variants.

I will tweak a pattern to give it a slightly different look. A tweak can be major or minor, but can help attract trout

I don’t think it matters much for most waters. But, it has made a big difference for me when targeting highly pressured trout at the Swift. My theory is that trout at times will mouth a fly out of curiosity.

When making nymphs, ones that have worked for me include:

  • Bright-colored threads in the winter
  • Flash material, rather than wire, to rib a fly
  • Peacock herl, which is iridescent, for the thorax
  • Loon UV Fly Finish to coat a fly and give it a subtle glow
  • Adding soft hackles to nymphs 

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