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Old 01-30-2014, 04:43 PM
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Default The Swimming Nymph

Bob Clouser set a standard with the "Clouser" baitfish imitation.

Another of his great flies is the swimming nymph. Think crawdads...............

My take...Click the image to open in full size.

Recipe....
Thread..orange
Hook.. #6 Eagle Claw A057 or similar
Tail..Long fibers with guard hairs dyed burnt orange from a hare's mask + two strands of gold/silver mylar tinsel
Body..Burnt orange underfur from the hare's mask
Thorax.. A good clump of peacock herl pulled over an underbody of burnt orange dubbing palmered with a brown furnace hackle
Head..One or two turns of orange slappen hackle, then a turn or two of peacock herl and a tapered head of orange thread

Tail = hook length
Tinsel= 75% of tail
Body= 1/2 shank
Thorax + head = 1/2 shank
Hackle= 2 hook gaps

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Old 03-21-2014, 09:48 PM
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Default Re: The Swimming Nymph

Jeezus calftail you are tying up some killer Maine brook trout patterns ...
We gotta talk !

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Bob Clouser set a standard with the "Clouser" baitfish imitation.

Another of his great flies is the swimming nymph. Think crawdads...............

My take...Click the image to open in full size.

Recipe....
Thread..orange
Hook.. #6 Eagle Claw A057 or similar
Tail..Long fibers with guard hairs dyed burnt orange from a hare's mask + two strands of gold/silver mylar tinsel
Body..Burnt orange underfur from the hare's mask
Thorax.. A good clump of peacock herl pulled over an underbody of burnt orange dubbing palmered with a brown furnace hackle
Head..One or two turns of orange slappen hackle, then a turn or two of peacock herl and a tapered head of orange thread

Tail = hook length
Tinsel= 75% of tail
Body= 1/2 shank
Thorax + head = 1/2 shank
Hackle= 2 hook gaps
add an orange bead to the head...its its gold baby, GOLD! (I gotta do something about this beadhead addiction).

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Default Re: The Swimming Nymph

I really like those Clouser Swimming nymphs. They are really buggy looking and suggestive of any number of food items for bass or trout. I've tied them for quite a few years and use them for bass and trout.

This nymph style with a long, soft tail works well in other colors to imitate wiggly, swimming nymphs like Isonychia or even BWOs in small sizes. The "tail" of the fly is really imitating the wiggly abdomen as well as the tail. Marabou or a clump of rabbit fur (cut from the hide or from a zonker strip) both work well.
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:39 AM
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Jeezus calftail you are tying up some killer Maine brook trout patterns ...
We gotta talk !

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One fresh 2 pound lobster for a doz brudda.... 3 x 4..

RC...

Thanks for all the praise !

.....but the flies are not for sale or barter. I do this fly fishing and tying strictly as a hobby ; if we were to meet on the stream I'd open my fly box and let you go at it no charge.

Fish well brudda .
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Understood !

If I had some time I would be trying to copy a few of the flies you have posted. Still might give it a go.
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I can see a crawdad there Calf, nice tie.
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Real nice tying, real nice
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I can see a crawdad there Calf, nice tie.
Your right! It's amazing to me how we can glob some fur and feather to a hook and the result after it gets wet and is fishing looks surprisingly like some fish food.

Bob Clouser did a good job with this fly. Guy get's some credit from me that's for sure.
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Calftail: Wow, that is an amazing nymph pattern, thanks for sharing and inclucing the receipe!

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