The fly box for low summer flows.

I tie my range of Salmon nymphs using heavy nymph hooks in sizes 8-14. I have also fished these using a size 6 single salmon hook. With nymphs as big as that I personally feel I am using more attractor fishing theories. This can sometimes be very effective, and that is why I always have a few of these in my fly box. The nymph range is tied using a combination of sparse flashy colours for the body, but mostly “earthy” camouflage colours for the front part of the flies.

I do not use many different colours for my Riffling Hitch tubes. I have never found the colour to be the decisive factor with these flies, the v-shape they create is the important point for these flies. The original flies I use I do not have the tying instructions for, the Streaking Caddis, Madam X, Goddard Caddis and Rakkelhanen. I buy these flies, and they can be found in many fly fishing shops

 

The Highlander nymph.

Tail: Green grizzly hen hackle, just a few fibres.
Abdomen: Holographic gold, flatbraid micro.
Wing case: Mossy green soft hair.
Hackle: Green grizzly hen hackle.
Thorax: Kelly green fire star dubbing.

 

 

The Red Butt nymph.
Abdomen: Red Flatbraid mini.
Wing case: Black soft hair.
Hackle: Black hen hackle.
Thorax: Black wing`n flash.

 

 

The Copper nymph.

Tail: Brown Grizzly hen hackle, a few fibres.
Abdomen: Copper tinsel, flatbraid mini.
Wing case: Brown soft hair.
Hackle: Brown hen hackle.
Thorax: Copper wing`n flash.

 

 

The Gaula nymph.

Tail: Brown Grizzly hen hackle.
Abdomen: Yellow floss.
Wing case: Brown soft hair.
Hackle: Brown hen hackle.
Thorax: Copper wing`n flash.

 

 

The Teal and silver nymph.

Tail: Grey Grizzly hen hackle, a few fibres.
Abdomen: Holographic silver flatbraid micro.
Wing case: Grey soft hair.
Hackle: Black hen hackle.
Thorax: Black wing`n flash.

 

Riffling Hitch.

I only use a single-handed rod when fishing the Riffling Hitch, which means that I use a tube length of around 1,5 cm. This is an important point as the Riffling tube will hang on its side to some extent when fished, i.e. there will create some resistance when you cast. If using a double hander you may use longer tubes.  

Body: Large tube, 1,5 cm in length.
Front part of the body: Gold flatbraid, position this at the forward-most point of the tube, remember that the hole in the side of the tube should mostly be positioned just behind the flatbraid part of the body.
Wing: Black soft hair, sparsely applied, with the same length as the tube. The wings are tied in at the top and bottom of the tube, as the hole should be right in the middle.
The head: Is tied and varnished in the usual fashion, but remember that the tube should be blocked up in the front. I achieve this by inserting a size small tube into the larger tube before starting to tie the fly, and then melt this, thus blocking the front part of the tube.

You can influence the size of the v-shape by where you positioned the hole in the side of the tube. When fishing fast flowing water you place the hole towards the front of the tube, and when fishing slower flows the hole should be positioned towards the middle of the tube.




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