I’ve been fooling around with a lot of thread body nymphs lately and the fish seem to dig ’em! It’s a very simple bug thats fast to tie and sinks like a rock through the water column, but it’s not an overly heavy bug, so it drifts very naturally with the current. The bugs pictured are tied using a tan thread body with a dark brown thread rib, then the whole body is coated with clear finger nail polish. This step is the secret to not only helping it cut through the water, but it also has less water resistance than the dubbed collar, which causes the bug to flit around in the current much like the naturals. Tie a few up and give ’em a whirl!
Hook: Size 16 Trout Legend Nymph hook
Bead: 2.8 mm Tungsten
Tail: Pheasant tail
Body: Tan 8/0 thread
Rib: dark brown 6/0 thread
Wing case: Flash back
Collar: Arizona Synthetic Bronze