106 janPresented from Issue 106, October 2013
It is time to think nymphs. Numerous trout foods have a nymphal stage as part of their life cycle and these include damselflies, dragonflies, mayflies, stoneflies, caddis and midges. All have different body shapes and colours.
There is no pattern to cover the lot, but I think it is important to get the size and colour correct. The weight depends on what depth the fish are at and as the season progresses the nymphs become larger and more active. Earlier in the season the fish are deeper and as the water warms fish and insects rise in the water column.

You should always have both weighted and unweighted flies in your box. Fishing weighted flies in shallow water will often have you hooked up in debris on the bottom.
Think about all the aspects of depth, current if in a river, or drift if in a boat and choose the weight of your flies to suit. Fly lines and leaders all come into the equation as well.
It is also worth knowing what insects are in the water you are fishing - from large mudeyes (dragonflies) to stick caddis.
I like to keep the patterns relatively simple. One of the most popular nymphs in Tasmania is the mayfly nymph and the pupa - just before it hatches.
One of the best known and popular flies, and very simple to tie Tasmanian nymphs is Dick Wigram’s Pot Scrubber. It has caught thousands of Tasmanian trout. A favourite of mine is a little different, but still easy to tie.

Brown Nymph

Hook: Long shank, medium to heavy weight.
Thread: Brown or black.
Tail: Bunch of fibres from a dark brown cock hackle.
Rib: Medium copper wire.
Body: Dark brown seals fur.
Wing Case: Slip of dark brown turkey feather.
Thorax: Dark brown seals fur.
Beard or Legs: Fibres from a bronze coq de leon feather.