This is an old series of catgut micro nymphs tied 6 years ago for grayling in North Transylvania. I tied them on small hooks from size #14 down to #18. I was impressed by natural shades and colors, how looks the material when is wet and I was impressed by the texture very close to the insects texture and translucency .
Bellow is a step by step for these simple but fantastic nymphs:
I left the catgut for 5 min in warm water ( body temperature ) until started to be translucent and soft. Normally the material is stiff and hard like a metallic wire but after keeping it in water started to be soft and easy to work with. I used a neutral thread (a white) but colored fly tying threads can be used to give an interesting shade. Small pinches of dubbing was added from time to time to provide a hairy body look.
And now here are the nymphs tied with this material:
It is impossible not to love them !
For those interested in recipe here it is:
Hook: Daiichi D1130 #14-18
Thread: white Uni 8/0 or Trico Uni Thread
Dubbing: Mad Rabbit Dubbing in natural color