During the past week I have been requested to tie a set of nymphs for someone who fishes the Chalk streams of Southern England. I had free rain but restricted to flies of 14 and 16 because they cann’t deal with smaller flies due to eye sight not being so good. I came up with a set based on what I have found to work best at this time of year, although I would go for sizes 18 to 24 for the hares ears, PTN and flexi bodies.
I’m sure I have written about these before, although I don’t think I have mentioned the first fly at the top.
The Red Spot shrimp is one of my all time best flies having taken alot of fish, especially Grayling during the winter. It was originated by Neil Patternson on the Kennet.
I have changed the fly a little by changing the dubbing to a mix of orange and olive seals fur and the back has been changed from a plastic back to olive flexibody which I think looks much better. I strongly suspect that he didn’t have the flexibody at the time. This and the czech nymphs are tied on 12,14 and 16’s with the 14 most often used.
The Hares ears that I use are tied with dyed and undyed squirrel and hares fur with gold crystal flash included in the mix. I think this gives a better effect than a body ribbed with gold wire. I got this idea from Roman Moser a few years ago at the fly tying days ryn by Partridge.