As we head towards autumn, I’ll be readying my tightline nymphing gear. My “dries or die” phase will come to an end. Only the midge hatch will be on, but there’s only so much throwing of #28 and #30 dries on 8x that I can take.
- Pheasant Tail or its variants, such as the Frenchie. The Pheasant Tail mimics swimmer nymphs, such as Baetis
- Midges. Midge larvae and pupae are nearly always in the drift
- Walt’s Worm or Sexy Walt’s. These are quickie versions of a Hare’s Ear for me. Bulky and buggy-looking nymphs mimic clinger nymphs, like Quill Gordons and March Browns. I rarely tie the H.E., as it takes too much time
Your go-to flies for autumn?