Baetis Imitation: The Thin Nymph

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5 Comments:

  1. Looks a lot like a Skinny Nelson (http://www.fieldandstream.com/node/1001312865) which is my favorite BWO nymph. Skinny bodies are good for Baetis.

  2. It does resemble the Skinny Nelson quite a bit, might just have to agree that these are Skinny Nelson Variations.

  3. Justin,

    Nice looking flies as always. I also really dig the P&P pattern you posted a few days back. I haven’t tied any soft hackle flies yet, and I think that’ll have to be first on my list.

    Quick question related to a post way back in your archive that I’ve been pondering. You mentioned that you prefer to only tie on curved hooks (no straight shanks) and I’ve noticed that your recent patterns certainly bear that out. Could you delve into that bit more. Why the preference.

    Thanks,
    Nic

  4. Nic,

    Your right I did post a ways back that I don’t dig straight shanked hooks for 99% of the flies I tie. Why is that? I guess 1st, I think the curve looks more natural for most nymphs, be it a mayfly nymph or a caddis larva, when they come loose from a rock they wiggle and toss back and forth which lends itself to a curved look. The other reason, I’ve found it a bit easier to tie on curved scud hooks, the gap isn’t as tight and you don’t have to be as conscious about the hook point catching your thread (the larger gap is good for hooking fish too). Hope that explains it a bit more, other than that I just like the look of a fly tied on a curved hook more than a straight shanked hook. Some flies require the use of straight hooks, some dry flies, some streamers…ect but for the most part you can tie almost all nymphs on a curved hook.

    As for the Thin Nymph here…a buddy passed me a bunch of these #16 Straight shanked hooks and I didn’t want to just leave them to never be used. I was surprised to find that I really like the look of these flies and I’ll likely keep using the straight hooks for them.

    Take care Nic, thanks for reading.

  5. Nice group of fly’s. wont be long and we will have tons of the real ones just a buzzing! Thanks for sharing!

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