A.P. Nymph

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by Norm Frechette, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. The "A. P." in this fly's name could stand for either "All Purpose" or the inventor, André Puyans.​
    A generic nymph, it looks like a lot of things that live underwater and get eaten by trout.​
    The following step-by-step tying process will assist you in tying the A.P. series nymphs.​
    The unique manner in which they are tied can be incorporated into many other patterns.​
    The A.P. Nymph
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    Tie in lead/non lead wire at the thorax and secure with tying thread. I don't normally do it but if you want coat the thread and lead wraps with head cement feel free to do so.​
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    Tie in enough material for the tail, wingcase and legs just behind the lead wraps. At this time you can trim out some tail fibers or leave them in for a fuller tail. I trimmed out about 50% of the tail fibers for this fly. Tie in your ribbing wire.​
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    Dub you thread and wrap the body followed by the ribbing wire. Trim off the wire and dub the thorax.​
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    The wingcase is pulled over the thorax and tied down.​
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    The legs are formed by bringing the thread to a position just in front of the thorax and separating 3-4 fibers on each side and securing with tying thread. Excess material is the trimmed off.​
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    the finished fly! Time to try it out!​
    Additional Recipes
    A.P. Beaver Nymph
    Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent​
    Thread: Black​
    Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dark Moose Hair​
    Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)​
    Body & Thorax: Dubbed Beaver Fur​
    Head: Dubbed Beaver Fur​
    A.P. Black Beaver Nymph
    Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent​
    Thread: Black​
    Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dark Moose Hair​
    Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)​
    Body & Thorax: Dubbed Black Beaver Fur​
    Head: Dubbed Black Beaver Fur​
    A.P. Claret & Beaver Nymph
    Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent​
    Thread: Black​
    Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dark Moose Hair​
    Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)​
    Body & Thorax: Dubbed blend of 40% medium color beaver,​
    20% claret synthetic for, 20% seal brown synthetic fur & 20% hares ear​
    Head: Dubbed with body blend​
    A.P. Hendrickson Nymph
    Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent​
    Thread: Brown​
    Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Bronze mallard​
    Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)​
    Body & Thorax: Dubbed dyed reddish brown beaver or synthetic fur​
    Head: Dubbed with body blend​
    A.P. Muskrat #1
    Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent​
    Thread: Gray​
    Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Blue Dun Hackle Fibers​
    Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)​
    Body & Thorax: Dubbed dark muskrat fur taken from the back of the muskrat​
    Head: Dubbed with body blend​
    A.P. Muskrat #2
    Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent​
    Thread: Gray​
    Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Moose Body Hair​
    Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)​
    Body & Thorax: Dubbed dark muskrat fur taken from the back of the muskrat​
    Head: Dubbed with body blend​
    A.P. Olive Nymph
    Hook: Mustad 3906B or equivalent​
    Thread: Brown​
    Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Dyed olive barred mallard​
    Ribbing: Gold Wire (copper can also be used)​
    Body & Thorax: Dubbed dyed olive beaver or synthetic fur​
    Head: Dubbed with body blend​
    A.P. Peacock & Pheasant Nymph
    Hook: Mustad 9671 or equivalent​
    Thread: Black​
    Tail , Wingcase & Legs: Ringneck Pheasant center tail fibers. Select so that dark center portion covers wingcase area.​
    Ribbing: Copper Wire​
    Body & Thorax: Peacock herl​
    Head: Black tying thread​
    Tying Notes/Suggestions
    Add a bead to make it a beadhead style fly​
    Add flash to make it a flashback style nymph​
    Try different colors & sizes to match the hatch​
    Try natural as well as synthetic dubbing​
    Tie the wing case similar to the Copper John​
    Use tinsel only as the wing case​
    Use your favorite hook​
    Try tying this pattern on a curved hook​
    Tie a light colored abdomen/dark colored thorax​
    Tie it with an all wire abdomen​
    Tie it weighted or unweighted​
    Use your favorite weighting material (lead or non lead)​
    You can weight the entire shank or just the thorax area​
    Tying techniques associated with this pattern
    Wrapping thread on hook​
    Wrapping lead wire on hook​
    Tailing​
    Ribbing​
    Dubbing on thread and wrapping dubbed body, thorax & head areas​
    Wingcases​
    Creating legs​
    Disclaimer

    The fly and recipes on this page is simply a demonstrated method of tying a fly.
    Every fly tyer has his or her very own tying style which allows them the freedom to tie how and what they want and not stick to predetermined rules but to be creative..
     
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  2. simple
    nice
     
  3. Wow! Dang nice of you to share. Well done for sure.
     
  4. I finally got around to trying out this pattern(or close to it with materials I had) and the fish approve.

    Thanks for taking the time to put this up here.
     
  5. Thanks for the visual, Norm. I enjoyed it.
     
  6. Dubbing, that is one thing I could never master. Maybe that's why I quit tying.
     

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