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[Video] How to Tie the Evil Olive Nymph

Ken Sperry

Posted by Ken Sperry

February 23, 2024

Evil Olive nymph pattern by Tim Flager

Tim Flager of Tightline Productions demonstrates how to tie a devilishly effective baetis nymph imitation known as the Evil Olive.

Forget about meticulously mimicking specific mayflies. The Evil Olive isn’t about precision, it’s about pure, olive-hued mayhem. Think of it as a culinary wildcard you throw in when nothing else seems to work.This comes about when you mix up the best elements of proven fish catchers such as the Higa’s S.O.S. and the WD-40.

And the best part? Tying it up is easier than wrangling a toddler at a candy store. Tim’s got your back with clever tricks, like his secret weapon for nabbing those minuscule beads and his ingenious one-bunch-does-all method for tail, underbody, and wingcase. So, ditch the overthinking and embrace the Evil Olive’s chaotic charm. Your fish basket will thank you.

Evil Olive Nymph Material List

Hook: Emerger Hook (here a Dai-Riki 125), size 16-20.
Bead: Bead, 5/64-inch, black.
Thread: 70 Denier or 6/0, light olive.
Rib: Ultra wire, small, gold.
Tails/wingcase: Wood-duck-dyed barred mallard flank fibers.
Abdomen: Tying thread, light olive.
Thorax: SLF Prism dubbing, olive.
Legs: Krystal flash, pearl.