Sub-Surface Patterns

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New Generation Heptagenid Nymph

There are many new developments in fly-tying today, one of which is the use of pre-formed, soft flexible latex components. I think you will agree that these components do make a great imitation with a very realistic silhouette.

Another advantage of these new materials, particularly for sticklers for accuracy, is that you can change the colour of the head capsule and wing pads to match the naturals. A quick wipe with a permanent marker adds the ground colour while the darker printed detail shows through.  You certainly don’t have to do this, I’ve caught many trout with these as they come, ‘straight out of the box’.

This is a very effective pattern wherever there are good populations of flat stone-clinger nymphs, such as March Browns, Olive Uprights, Yellow May’s, August Duns, etc.

Also a good pattern for copying many of the US stone-clinger nymphs, fabled hatches such as American March Brown, the various Fox’s, Cahill’s and Quill-Gordon’s.

Fish it up-stream dead drift, singly or as the point fly of a team spider wets, or with a ‘klink’ duo style and I’d always have all three sizes in my fly box.

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New Generation Heptagenid Nymph
Mature Nymph

As above but with the darker wing pads of the mature nymph just before emergence.

Turn over a few stones in your river to find the natural, if you’re finding the mature ones – with the darker wing pads, this is the version you should be fishing with, just match the size and fish it up-stream dead drift, singly or as the point fly of a team spider wets, or with a ‘klink’ duo style.

I’d always have all three sizes in my fly box.

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Buried Tungsen Bead Baetis Nymph

This latest addition from Oliver is a refinement of his original dressing for copying the 'Agile Darter' nymphs - The Baetidae Family, and was featured in the March 2013 issue of Flyfishing & Flytying magazine.

This nymph has either one or two 1.5mm tungsten beads buried within the thoracic region, ensuring they sink well and hold depth. Its silhouette accurately mimics the natural, with sparse legging, well defined tails and a slim tapering abdomen.

The size range makes it ideal for copying the mature nymphs of the Large Dark Olive, Medium Olive, Small Dark Olive and Iron Blue. It also copies many of the small to medium mayfly nymphs in the US

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Baetis Nymph

For years this pattern has occupied several rows in my fly box. It is a ‘must have’ pattern and one of my all time high scorers when Large Dark Olives and Medium Olives are emerging. Fished singly, or with a Heptagenid nymph on a dropper, dead drift, classic style, they are a lethal combination! It also copies some of the important medium to small mayfly nymphs in the US.
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Ephemerella Nymph

Here we offer both the very small dark phase. More often found on our Northern freestone rivers, and the slightly larger, olive phase usually found on chalk or limestone rivers. I don’t believe you’ll find another commercially tied BWO nymph anywhere, which accurately copies the waisted profile of the natural - A distinct ‘trigger’ feature. Fish dead drift. In deeper water you may have to use a heavier ‘sacrificial’ nymph on a dropper to get the nymph down to the right depth.
Ephemerella Nymph
Small Dark Phase
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Ephemerella Nymph
Larger Olive Phase
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Pale Watery / PMD Nymph

Another rarely offered pattern, and I’m at a loss as why that is. These nymphs are greedily eaten by both trout and grayling. An excellent pattern when our Pale Watery (Baetis fuscatus) is emerging. This nymph can be as small as size 20, but we also offer size 18 for the American PMD’s and other pale Baetis types. Fish as for the Ephemerella nymph.
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Hydropsyche Larva

It is repeatedly said that the family Hydropsychidae is the most important Caddisfly group in the World for the fly-fisherman…yes anywhere! In the UK we have three very common and widespread species – the Grey Flags - with two or three more species which are locally common. The grub like larvae are a real juicy treat for fish. They become available as food for fish when they voluntarily move position on the stream bed, the ‘Behavioral Drift,’ or become dislodged due to spates, the ‘Catastrophic Drift’. This pattern presents a very convincing image of the natural. It features in Essential Skills Czech Nymphing DVD, and also much talked about on internet fly fishing chat-room sites. Fish it dead drift – An ideal pattern in a Czech nymphing team.
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Rhyacophila Larva

This copies the free-living green caddis larva (Green Rock Worm, USA). Very common and widespread in Europe and the US, and found in the swifter parts of most rivers. This is one of my ‘must have’ patterns for trout and grayling. Ideal for short line nymphing and like the Hydropsyche, an ideal pattern in a Czech nymphing team.
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Swimming Rhyacophila Pupa
(Ascending to emerge)

This pattern - in the two sizes - copies the Rhyacophila pupa as it swims in preparation to emerging. It also copies the swimming pupae of many of the very common and widespread Hydropsyche species, plus several other species of emerging caddis whose pupae also have green abdomens. Most swim very actively to either the surface or the bank to emerge, therefore this pattern should be fished with action.
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POPA Caddis
Rhyacophila

A useful pattern when Rhyacophila are actively egg laying. Like the Hydropsyche, Rhyacophila caddisflies also crawl underwater to egg lay, after which they drift away spent, so fish this pattern accordingly, dead drift in the fading light at the end of the day.

A Post-OviPositing Adult pattern. Very effective at dusk when the naturals are egg laying. I usually fish this on a 5” dropper, 2 ½ feet from the swimming caddis pupa at point. Angle casts upstream, allow to sink, then retrieved in short active strips, stop, drift, strip, stop, drift…and repeat, tracking the flies with the rod tip as they carry downstream, fish the cast out in this manner right to the ‘swing’ when the flies are below you.

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Peeping Caddis
Original

This was the first Peeping Caddis, and is featured in my book ‘Flytyers Masterclass’, now much copied – usually incorrectly! Fished in a clearing spate, either singly, or as the centre fly in a Czech nymphing set-up, it produces results. The outrigger shot was the result of several discussions with Hans van Klinken of Klinkhamer fame. The positioning of the shot produces a hook point up attitude during the deep drift, as a result, this pattern will snag a lot less than many other commercial patterns.
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Finnish Cased Caddis

This pattern originates from the land of Caddis flies – Finland. The unique legging technique was shown to me by one of Finland’s fly tying maestros, Veli Autti. With these legs the semi-exposed crawling larvae is copied near perfectly. A very effective pattern anywhere in the world where cased caddis are found.
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Yellow Sally Stonefly Nymph

These slim stonefly nymphs are summer emergers, preferring more alkaline waters, here they can be seen in good numbers. Although stonefly nymphs crawl out onto the bank to emerge, fish know all about them and will readily grab a well presented, convincing artificial, drifted low in the water column.

Colour can vary, much more noticeable on the underside of the fly, this can vary from pale yellow to olive, but they can be quite olive on their dorsal side. As a general rule the darker the river bottom, the darker the nymph.

On some rivers of the Western US, stoneflies of the Skwala genus are a popular early season hatch. This is often called The Little Olive Stone and is in fact related to the Yellow Sally. This is good colour match for the little olive stone fly and size 12 is well worth a try.
Yellow Sally Stonefly Nymph
Olive Throax
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Yellow Sally Stonefly Nymph
Yellow Thorax
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Small Black Stonefly Nymph

This nymph copies many of the dark early season stonefly nymphs, such as the February Red. It is very effective dead drifted, with maybe a heavier sacrificial nymph on a dropper to fish it very near the bottom. Again, a natural which crawls out onto the river bank to transpose into the adult. Nevertheless trout and grayling will often take a good looking pattern dead-drifted just off the stream bed wherever these small stoneflies are found in good numbers.
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Freshwater Shrimp

I devised this pattern more than forty years ago and it’s been in my fly box ever since. This pattern has accounted for countless numbers of trout and grayling.

Lethal on weedy alkaline streams (Chalk Streams / Limestone Spring Creeks) where gammarus shrimps are often the most common invertebrate in the water. Perfectly weighted and shaped to match the natural. On Chalk Streams I fish it singly on a tippet strength dictated by the fish size likely to be encountered, remember this! Also remember to de-grease the tippet and leader for about 4ft from the shrimp.
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Deep Diving Shrimp

Another development since Oliver demonstrated his deep-diving shrimp on the DVD is the moulded tungsten shrimp backs. These are curved to suit a grub hook; they also incorporate grooves to receive the ribbing material - very clever! In fast deep water these are essential patterns to achieve the required depth. But do also have some standard shrimps as well, so all conditions are covered.


Deep Diving Shrimp
Pink

An all pink shrimp has proved to be an almost irresistible colour for autumn grayling. This particular pattern, on a 12, accounted for many grayling to 2lb on the river Itchen this past October.

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Deep Diving Shrimp
Olive

This copies the more usual, natural colour of our popular gammarus. A good search pattern to run between dense weed beds.

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Deep Diving Shrimp
Tan

A lighter tone version, good for copying a fairly recently moulted freshwater shrimp.

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Waggy Tail Sculpin

Bullheads, Miller’s Thumbs, Sculpins, whatever you call them, are well camouflaged bottom dwellers and mostly stay hidden amongst the rocks and debris of the river bed. However in spring, perhaps due to spawning, they become much less cautious, more active and more available as trout food. Nevertheless trout will eagerly grab this succulent little fish anytime throughout the season.

First job is to ensure the sculpin is very well wetted. To keep it working deep in the water column, I strongly recommend using a fast sinking sink tip, with only a 3 to 4ft leader. Angle your cast upstream, allow it time to sink, raise the rod tip sufficiently to keep in touch, then short strip, rest, short strip, rest and repeat until the cast is fished out. I also fish it more conventionally, by casting across stream with a good big mend, then track it back across with little rod tip twitches and random short strips. A key pattern from Essential Skills Streamer DVD.
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Big Eyed Bugger

This is Oliver’s variation of the very popular Woolly-bugger and features in the Streamer Fishing DVD.

It is accepted wisdom that predatory fish are triggered by, and focus on the eyes of their prey fish, and that to exaggerate these can result in very positive strikes.

Fish on either a floater or sink-tip line, with a leader of only 4 to 5 feet. Cast at an upstream angle, give the fly time to sink, then retrieve with very irregular strips and include slight rests, and vary the strip distance and speed…make it appear a wounded fish!

Oliver has used this pattern for many years; it has taken many good big browns (and huge Chubb!). These patterns are also effective on stillwater’s, particularly at ‘fry-bashing’ time.

We offer three colours, White, Black, and Olive all tied on longshank hooks.


Big Eyed Bugger
White

 

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Big Eyed Bugger
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Big Eyed Bugger
Olive

 

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Snappy-Poodle

This is another of Oliver’s first choice bait fish patterns and features in the Streamer Fishing DVD. Like the Big-eyed bugger, it contains a lot of very mobile marabou. It has the snap-on weighted head that makes it a very much weight forward fly and it dips and dives like a wounded fry when retrieved slowly. Fish on either a floater or sink-tip line, with a leader of only 4 to 5 feet. Cast at an upstream angle, give the fly time to sink, then retrieve with very irregular strips and include slight rests, and remember to vary the strip distance and speed.

Like the Big Eyed Bugger, not just a river fly, but effective on stillwaters as well.

We offer three colours on 6 and 8 longshank hooks


Snappy-Poodle
White
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Snappy-Poodle
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Snappy-Poodle
Olive
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