Wet Fly - Nymph Patterns and Recipes


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Wet flies and nymphs resemble stages of larval and pupil. Insects that live under the water. They are found under stones, sticks and in gravel bottoms. Trout make them a part of their main diet. The wet and nymph patterns are a good bet to fish through the season. When tying wets and nymphs, they should be on a heavy wire hook or have a beaded head. The thing to remember is to get the fly down to the bottom and then retrieve it with an upward stroke.

Wet and nymph fishing can be very productive and a fun filled way to try to take a trout. It might be a little hard at first to get the feel of this type of fishing but with lots of time you will get the right feel for it. Feel is the only thing you've got going while you are trying to tell if it's a strike or just bumping the bottom. Strike indicators have helped a great deal in our timing and hook setting. Indicators come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Yarn of bright color, float putty or even a good floating dry fly will do.

Nymph and Wet Fly Recipes.


March Brown Recipe
Hook #8 to #14 heavy wire
Wings Dark brown turkey.
Hackle Brown
Body Gray - Brown dubbing, yellow floss rib, gold tip.
Tail Brown hackle
Head Bead head optional

The March Brown has been an early season fly for me and maybe it would do well the rest of the season, but my interests change to other flies that have done well for me. This fly when it is soaked in water and worked with a slight rod twitch looks like the real thing. When tying this pattern pick some of the body dubbing out to give it a hairy look. The more the better. Trout will fall for this recipe.


Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Pattern
Hook #8 to #14 heavy wire
Wings Light gray
Hackle Light ginger
Body Hare's ear dubbing or gray brown, picked out. Ribbed gold tincel.
Tail Brown Hackle
Head Beaded head optional

The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear is almost the same as the regular Hare's Ear except this one has wings. This little change can make all the difference in the world. Try tying this one with a variation in the color of the wing. From white cream and light gray. This fly can also be fished in tandem with a nymph tied about eight to ten inches behind. When you fish this method use a bead head nymph and a wet fly without a beaded head.


Hare's Ear #1
Hook #8 to #14 heavy wire
Wings None
Hackle Gray - sparce.
Body Hare's ear or brown gray dubbing picked out.
Tail Brown hackle.
Head Optional beaded head

I didn't realize that there were so many patterns for Hare's Ears. It's a plain Jane but sometimes simple is better. I think this fly is a good fish catcher especially when the dubbing is picked out to make it look like a hairy little critter. The more that wiggles on the fly the better. Try the Hare's Ear in tandem also and fish it on the bottom with a little lead wire wrap.


Pheasant Tail
Hook #8 to #14
Wing Case Wrapped pheasant tail over peacock herl.
Hackle
Body Pheasant tail and gold wire twisted.
Tail 3 pheasant fibers.
Head Optional bead head

The Pheasant Tail is one of my best trout takers. It can be weighted with a bead head and be fished in tandem up stream with a strike indicator. One of my favorites is to fish down stream or three quarter the stream. When I fish this way I take and stir up the bottom especially when there is a little silt. I work my fly over into the cloudy water as it moves down stream. Try to tie at least three to four different sizes for you fly box.