Tungsten Skinny Nelson
The Skinny Nelson is a Baetis nymph pattern developed for the Bighorn River in Montana by Tracy Peterson. It is a simple but deadly fly. It works great in any stream or river with small mayfly nymphs. It can be tied with or without a tungsten bead. Typically the skinny nelson is tied in sizes 18-20, but tying them in slightly larger or smaller sizes works too.
Bottom Tickler Tungsten Jig Fly
The Bottom Tickler Tungsten Jig Fly is a Czech-Eastern European style jig fly. This color scheme of tungsten jig is tremendously effective. Fish this fly as the bottom fly on a two fly rig, with a lighter nymph or soft hackle above it. I have had great luck with a small soft hackle on a dropper tag fished above this fly. Fish a larger heavier jig in faster or deeper water to get down faster.
- Hook: Umpqua C400BL Size 10-16 ...
This soft hackled Hare’s Ear pattern, tied on a jig style hook, is effective and quick fly to tie. The bugginess from the hare’s ear dubbing combined with the pink “hot spot” thorax make it irresistible. I typically tie it in a size 14, but it could easily be tied up to a size 8 and down to a size 16. This fly looks great when the body color is changed to olive or black.
- Hook: Umpqua C400BL Size 10-16
This is a cased caddis larva pattern tied in the Czech style. This nymph is tied on a jig hook with a slotted tungsten bead that causes it to bounce along the bottom with the hook point riding up. Cased Caddis patterns are very effective, especially in freestone streams. Fish this fly on point, with a smaller offering above it.