Mahogany Martinez Nymph SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    The Mahogany, and the better-known Black nymphs were developed by Don Martinez, owner of one of the early shops in West Yellowstone and the man who introduced the Wooly Worm to trout fishing in the Yellowstone area in the 30's (it had been mainly a bass fly). The Mahogany, apparently, never received the attention it's sibling did due to a shortage of brown partridge feathers; pity, it's a cool looking fly.


    hook - Mustad 9671 #12
    underbody - non-tox wire .025
    thread - Danville 6/0 dark brown
    tail - partridge
    rib - fine oval tinsel gold
    abdomen/thorax - rabbit/angora goat mix chocolate brown
    wing pad - quill fibers orange original pattern called for raffia (or swiss straw), neither of which I have in orange (or green for the Black)
    legs - partridge


    mash barb, wrap front of shank with non-tox

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    start thread, wrap underbody, taper front and back

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    tie in ribbing and wrap back to point above barb

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    measure a clump of partridge (hook gap past bend) and tie in

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    dub thread, dub tapered abdomen (take a turn behind the ribbing) to 60% mark

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    counterwrap rib, tie off at 60% mark

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    measure quill segment (hook gap), brush with a little Sally and tie in

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    dub thorax

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    prep partridge feather, tie in by tip, and wrap

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    squeeze at the head to force partridge to the sides a bit, and apply a few wraps

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    pull wingcase forward; tie down, trim, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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    dorsal

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    ventral

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    Black Martinez

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  2. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Scott,
    Thanks for the SBS - all of them! You tie my kind of fly. While I have never tied or used the Mahoghany version, I do like the Black Martinez very much.
    Jack
  3. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Scott,
    I tie the Black Martinez a little differently. More like a soft hackle and with a green floss wing case.
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  4. ScottP Active Member

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    Jack,

    Beautiful flies (what size hooks?). I've seen it tied your way, too, with the hackle encompassing the fly.

    Regards,
    Scott
  5. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Those are kind of big. 3906B size 10.
    I need to tie up some. My supplies low.
    Jack