I am sending a Christmas gift to my friend, Cynthia Harkness, at Orvis Dedham. Some attractor-style nymphs to be used as searching patterns. It’s a little nerve-wracking, since I never before have tied flies for someone else. So, I’m taking my time.
All are on #14 competition-style jig hooks. In addition to some Sexy Walt’s Worms, a mainstay in my fly box, some over-engineered flies will be mailed to her. See the photo up top.
Upper right: marabou tail, rabbit fur body, flash for the ribbing, and CDC for some drama. This is what competition anglers call a “Winged Nymph.” I think trout see it and say, “What the hell is that?”
Lower left: Coq de Leon tail, roped Krystal flash over a layer of pink thread to form the body, black rabbit fur for a spiky thorax, and a pink thread collar. This is a Rainbow Warrior nymph, which Team USA’s Lance Egan invented, but with a larger thorax and in pink rather than red.
Lower right: Coq de Leon tail, black thread and green wire for the body, a blue collar, all of which is sealed with UV Loon Finish Thin. A good ol’ Perdigón fly, a style that is popular at competitions.