Skip Nymph SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    Skip Morris' creation looks like he fused a Hare's Ear and a Pheasant Tail and came up with the Skip Nymph. You'd think combining flies would make it more complicated but these are real simple to tie and they catch fish; this is a good thing. Won't say the Skip Nymph is any better than it's parents, but after you've been tying a bunch of PT's and GRHE's, it's nice to change things up. Bead head is optional.


    hook - Tiemco 200R #14
    thread - Uni 8/0 camel
    tail/shellback/wingcase - pheasant tail fibers
    abdomen - hare's ear
    rib - copper wire small
    thorax -hare's ear




    mash barb and attach thread and wire at 60% mark; keep tag end of wire on far side of hook bend

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    wrap wire back to point above hook barb

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    apply some dubbing to thread

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    dub a tapered abdomen

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    measure some pheasant tail fibers (extend abdomen length behind the butt)

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    tie in ahead of abdomen to 1 hook eye diameter back from eye

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    hold tail fibers against the body and start wire rib forward

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    continue rib through abdomen

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    pull pheasant butts back, tie down, smooth with thread wraps

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    wrap wire through thorax to add weight and bulk (no P.E.D.s, all natural)

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    dub thorax (a bit heavier than abdomen)

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    pull pheasant butts forward to form wingcase; tie off and trim

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    whip finish, SHHAN; you could fish it like this

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    or rough the thorax up a bit with the velcroed popsicle stick

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    Mr. Morris recommends trimming out some of the tail fibers, so I followed suit (I would be just as happy to leave it intact)

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    You could easily take the fly down to a #20, although I wouldn't use this hook (had too many 200s break and straighten out). I'd switch to either a Dai-Riki 135 or 125 in the smaller sizes.


    Regards,
    Scott
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  2. GAT Active Member

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    It's a neat pattern and you'd think it would work really well. I've tied a half dozen when Skip first showed me his pattern and I had high hopes but have yet to touch a fish while using the pattern.

    Obviously I'm doing something wrong. Nice SBS, as usual, Scott.
  3. Rob Ast Active Member

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    I learned a similar pattern called the J-bug - only difference is you tie in the tail first with the tying thread, then fold them up and out of the way to dub your body. End result is identical.