Nymph tied with Peacock Quill

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Finally is Summer. The rivers are nice,  outside is warm even in high mountains, insects are everywhere. Unfortunately the fish are full with food  and  is starting to be difficult to catch from now on.  The time for Big flies like hige GHRE variants and Peeping Caddis  tied on size 8, 10 and 12 hooks are not so effective. Some  variants tied on size #14 and #16 hooks will still work but now slim flies with a clear  body and caddis pupa start to be  more effective.

A fly that I  start tying and using in this time , especially when is hot outside,  clear waters and trout and grayling are picky, is small quill nymphs without any weight and fished with dry fly leaders. I use French Technique called “Pêche en Nymphe à vue” and is very effective on rivers with high fishing pressure. Is a difficult technique and you have to practice a lot  before you will really start catching  some fish. But is regarding especially when you are hunting big educated trout and grayling in ginger clear waters.

Materials used:

Hook : Maruto D82BL in zise 14, 16 or 18 (I prefer on to make it on size 16)

Thread: any time you like , for me it works 17/0  Trico Thread from Uni

Body: wide peacock quill hand cleaned from the eye part of the feather

Tail: nutria guard hair or any type of fibers do you have

Torax back: body thread – any type and any color you like

Torax area: Mad Rabbit Dubbing or what dubbing do you like

Legs : are optional and you can make them, if you want , with partridge or brahma hen fibers

Bellow in the step-by-step you will notice that I play a little bit with thread colors to make a gradient of color of the back area. The reason was to imitate more closer the baetis pattern. The reality demonstrated that is no difference if I use only one colors or 2 in construction of the torax part.
In fact flies tied with peacock are fascinating , the gradient of the peacock is unique and makes the nymphs tied peacock quill so beautiful. Probably only the bodies made with biots are close enough to the peacock but I don’t know why are not so popular. .












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