[Video] Salmonfly Time!

With the Salmonfly hatch in full swing on many of our western US rivers I thought I’d pay homage to the great winged beasts with this week’s Friday Night Fly Tying Video. We’ll start off with a pretty realistic looking salmonfly nymph brought to us by Mike Thomas, next week take a look at some giant dry fly patterns.

Salmonfly Nymphs

You might have noticed the adult Salmonfly is big! This makes them fun to tie and even more to fish because salmonflies often attract big fish! As Mike notes in the video though, Salmonfly nymphs take 3 to 4 years to fully mature and therefore the nymphs actually range in size from a hook size 10 up to a size 4.

Salmonfly Nymph Material List

Hook: TMC 200R, Size 6
Thread: Uni-Thread 6/0, Black
Tail: Dark Brown Biot
Underbody: Black Dubbing
Abdomen: Mother of Pearl Sili Skin
Wing Case: Mottled Thin Skin
Thorax: Black UV Ice Dub
Legs/Antennae: Black Super Floss


About the Author Ken Sperry

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and find new places to fish. He created DIY Fly Fishing to help you do the same.

[Video] How to Tie a Real Salmonfly says

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