This nymph pattern was introduced to me by Doug Freemann last year, on one of our many outings, on a PA limestone creek. The fly was created by Kevin Compton of Performance Flies, for competitive fly fishing, but its an effective fly fished off the end of any anglers leader. Is it effective? I've been with Doug when he has had banner days fishing this fly in tandem with another nymph, with this fly out catching the other by a wide margin. It is typically tied in sizes #12 to #18 - Douglas tends to fish them in the #14-16 range, depending on the depth and speed of the water. He adds that he likes to fish them when the water is off-color; or when Baetis are active, he'll fish them in smaller sizes.
Hook: Hanak H230BL size 12.
Bead: Gold tungsten 3.2mm.
Thread: Olive Benecchi, 12/0.
Tail: Medium Pardo Coq de Leon, 4-5 fibers.
Rib: Gold wire .004-inch.
Abdomen: Black Sulky Sliver Metallic thread.
Collar: Jan Siman peacock dubbing.
Click on any of the highlighted words above to get to Kevin's website, for the materials used here, and on many other flies.
Thanks again to Tim and Joan Flagler for another great job producing this video.
Sharpen your hooks!