Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Extended Body Mayfly Nymph.(Hatchmaster).

right side view

left side view
  This fly pattern is call the Hatch-Master Mayfly Nymph, because of the one mallard feather construction. I got the idea from watching mayfly nymph videos on you-tube and wanted to create an extended body mayfly nymph that's different. I notice a lot of mayfly nymphs in the water constantly lift up their abdomen and especially when they get wash down stream by strong current and get toss upside down, I think that is when they are at their most vulnerable to predations by trout and other fish waiting for insects drifting down stream. Remember that this is not your traditional nymph pattern and will take some time in preparing the mallard feather for tying. This is a pretty easy fly to tie once you get the mallard feather ready and the rest is just adding weight, dubbing, UV resin (optional), but is on the pattern in the photo. Adding UV resin help with the colouring of the body or make different type of markings and segmented details on the abdomen with permanent markers. I will list the tying notes below for any one who wish to try this fly pattern and hope that it will work for you as it did for me.!

          Tying notes.
  • Preparing the mallard feather, remove the tips of the feather and align 3 fibres on each side for tails, a total of 6 fibres, use a bit of head cement to help with separating the tail fibres, 2 fibre for each tail. 
  • Put a extra short hook in the vise, add 3 or 4 turns of lead wire about 1 mm behind the hook eye and start thread, put only a few thread wraps on lead wire for security and continue to hook bend or barb.
  • Tie in the mallard feather, pull all the fibres forward on the feather toward hook eye, except the tail and tie in feather with some tight thread wraps by the hook bend. Than pull all fibres back and tie down on same spot as the first tie in point.
  • Add dubbing to thorax area and cover lead wire. Pull all mallard fibres forward to make the thorax cover and tie off with a few tight thread wrap, Now split the remaining mallard feather in equal half and push fibres backward and tie off. Whip finish and add a drop of head cement, the fly is complete.!

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