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Natant Nylon Nymph
By Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Leeson

Though this design lacks the buoyance of the Goddard/Clarke Suspender Midge Pupa, it is easy to tie with readily available materials. Like all Charles Brooks patterns, this is a simple, no-nonsense fly that catches trout. It can be adapted to match a variety of mayfly species.

Materials for the Natant Nylon Nymph:

    Originator: Charles Brooks.

    Hook: 2XL dry-fly hook, #8 - #18.

    Thread: Brown 8/0.

    Tail: Mottled brown hen hackle.

    Body: Brown wool yarn.

    Ribbing: Gold wire.

    Suspender pod: Ball of tan poly dubbing wrapped in nylon stocking mesh.

    Legs: Mottled brown hen hackle.

Tying Instruction for the Natant Nylon Nymph:

Step 1

Step 1: Wrap a thread foundation over the front half of the hook shank, and position the thread 1/4 of a shank-length behind the eye. Roll a pinch of poly dubbing between thumb and forefinger to produce a firm, but not tightly compressed, ball about 1/2 the hook gap in diameter. Center the ball in a square of nylon stocking material.

Step 2

Step 2: Draw the stocking material around the dubbing to form a pouch. Don't compress the dubbing too tightly inside the nylon or the buoyancy of the suspender pod will be reduced. Mount the suspender pod as shown... Wrap the thread to the tailing point.

Step 3

Step 3: Align and strip a bundle of hackle fibers. Mount them atop the shank to form a tail about one hook-gap in length. Secure the ribbing atop the tail-mounting wraps. Tie in a length of wool yarn atop the rib-mounting wraps.

Step 4

Step 4: Twist the yarn tightly (clockwise when viewed from above), and wrap forward to produce a segmented body. Wrap the yarn to the rear base of the nylon, then under the pod, and continue wrapping ahead of the pod. Stop about 6-7 thread-wraps' distance behind the hook eye. Tie off and clip the yarn.

Step 5

Step 5: Counter-rib the entire length of the body. Secure and clip the ribbing at the front of the yarn.

Step 6

Step 6: Mount the legs...Bind and clip the excess. Form the head of the fly and whip finish.

Step 7

Finished fly. ~Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Leeson

Credits: The Natant Nylon Nymph is from Tying Emergers, published by Frank Amato Publications, (2004). The variety and number of nymphs is mind boggling. Everything you ever wanted to know about nymphs and how to tie them is in it. ~ DLB

For more great flies, check out: Beginning Fly Tying, Intermediate Fly Tying and Advanced Fly Tying.

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