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Lead head nymph

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This fly, created by Hans van Klinken, is a really good bottom fishing pattern. Because of the way the lead head is tied, it also has the advantage of fishing upside-down, which means you don't get the snags otherwise experienced. Fish it on the point, with perhaps a pT Nymph on the middle and a hare's ear nymph on the top (suggestions only, not gospel!). Cast it up and across at a fine angle to the water, and fish it dead drift until it is below you. Then twitch it towards you a few times. It will find fish on its travels, and will have searched the bottom in all but the fastest water. Try a few more casts at more of an angle to the water before moving upstream for the next session.

It will not work as well if you fish it down and across.


Hook: Ashima 2X longshank sizes 8 to 14 with an appropriate size of split shot tied in with 5 or 6 pound leader. Put the split shot onto the leader first, and then squeeze the split tight around the nylon. Use some Superglue as well if you wish.
Emerger: green fluorescent floss around the bend of the hook
Legs: two turns of brown partridge behind the green floss
Caddis case: I use hare's ear dubbing rope in natural and dark. Both work well.


Once you have got the lead shot secured at the eye, take the nylon ends and the thread down to the bend. Trim the nylon. Tie on the green floss around the top half of the bend, and then put on two turns of partridge. The legs can be left quite scruffy. Then tie in two strands of dubbing rope (or wire, or whatever the manufacturer calls it) and make the bend end of the case thicker than it is at the aye of the hook. Trim off so that you get a taper towards the eye - this is not mandatory, but perfectionists like it that way - and tie off firmly.

Tied by David Westwood.

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