Nymph Fly Patterns A General
Nymph fly patterns
are in the hundreds of thousands by now and who knowsB how many more will be on the market tomorrow.
Nymph patterns usually fall into three groups:
Imitation: This as precise as it gets where you try and match everything on the real
Patterns: This is a reasonable fascimile of what you would find in
Patterns: These pattens try to catch by the fish's curiosity or arousal of his
evolutionary traits such as greed etc.
Most fly anglers carry all three types
of in various configurations or ties. However, there are other ways and methods of catergorizing some of these
patterns and they include:
- Deep nymphs: usually weighted
- non weighted nymphs; weight can be added in the
form of split shot
- emerger type patterns: bottom, mid water and
So there are many ways to organize your fly boxes and
tie or buy your patterns. One thing most fly anglers fail to understand is that you don't need to imitate everything in the stream and you don't need every pattern
with you all of the time. The streams you fish will dictate to you exactly what you need and where and how to
use as you learn how to be successful with nymphs. Also, most fly fisherman take for granted that the
insect as described in their fancy books is that color in the stream. Nymphs and larvae vary greatly in their
appearance depending upon environmental conditions in different streams.
One of the things most fly anglers fail to understand
is that it's more than just color and size of your nymph pattern that determines whether the trout will take the
pattern. If we temporarily exclude your fishing skill, method, and technique because we assume that they are fine
then what are you missing. You are missing two things: 1) material and 2) shape. Take two fly patterns that
are the same imitation and except different body materials and put them in an aquarim. Do they look different
underwater? What if there is some distoriong such as a riffle or turbidity in the water? Can the trout
pick one of the imitations out better than the the other?
What about the shape how does that look underwater?
Does your nymph roll upside down in a current or does it stay hook down? How does the shape of the nymph
cause is it to rise or bounce on the bottom? If you don't know the answers to these things then you aren't
really an accomplished nymph fisherman yet? You need to understand these things and figure them out.
That's why I put up this website. By the way trout have the best color vision of a vertebrate animal and
contrary to what has been written by so many experts they see very well underwater and better than you think
above the surface!