CJ's Orange Thoraxed PT Nymph
Heck of a mouthful…no wonder the thing is abbreviated to a PT nymph. This is one of those patterns that just seems to be overlooked nowadays; especially in the wake of Diawl Bachs, Crunchers and so on.
Yet it remains a classic; a dressing that is the cornerstone of our efforts. Often, it’s all too easy to forget the fly and its effectiveness.
In just about any high summer situation this pattern – and its variations - is well worth considering; but particularly this version of the “clan”, which is most notably of use when caddis or sedges are “on the wing”. In these situations, this variation can be a vague (yet very good) impression of the hatching pupa.
Also, the target spot of the orange thorax seems to appeal to Daphnia gulping trout. OK, it doesn’t look much like a tiny little soft washed-out orange coloured water flea to us… but then, we are not trout are we?
One thing is certain, you can’t go far wrong having a few of these lurking the fly box in a range of sizes from 10-14. Just don’t forget where they are!
• Hook: std wet (medium or heavy wire) 10-14
• Thread: 8/0 claret/black or red for the extroverts out there
• Tail: 4-6. Cock PT fibres.
• Rib: gold, copper or gold wire
• Body: 6-8 PT fibres
• Thorax pad: 6-8 PT fibres
• Thorax: Orange Seal’s fur in various hues - ambery-orange through to hot orange.
Attach the thread and make some wraps then add the tailing fibres.
Continue the thread and encompass the tailing material down to the hook bend and add the rib (silver, copper or gold).
Now add the PT body fibres; tie these in by their tips, as this will reduce bulk. Do not do as the Cove PT once suggested in some article or other - try and complete the entire fly with one section of PT fibres; it didn’t work then it won’t work now!
Wrap the body - I try never to twist the fibres (as you would be asked to do in the Sawyer’s version) this aspect for a still water pattern will only add bulk, instead try to open the fibres so that they go on the hook in touching wrap-cum-layer.
Rib in a counter turn to the body wraps
Now add the PT wing pads - again I try to ensure that these are tied in by their tips and on top of the shank - NOT to the side.
Dub the thorax - I ensure, when using seal’s fur (and let me be clear here, there is no substitute - well there is…but there isn’t…if you see what I mean!) that I dub on waxed thread, it really does make the job easier.
Tie in the thorax pad/cover having tilted the top of the fly into a semi-plan view so that you are looking down on it. That way you will ensure that the fibres and pad lay in straight line - not sure if the trout care two hoots: I do!