Tying hot spots for nymphs in a different way

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All of us know how efficient are hot spots. For 10 years or so a lot of nymphs tied with red, orange, chartreuse flooded the rivers. Nymphing is popular because is an effective style. More than that, you do not need to know casting, just loop the flies in front of you, pay attention and read the river and you will hook a lot of fish. But with C&R the fish became more and more educated and in rivers with high fishing pressure is difficult to have decent fish. If you like to fish with nymphs here is a version of hot spots, more “discrete” like the orange, green and red colors: mylar reflex. You can use it like tail, like ” small bubble” behind bead or just like a wing case.

These flies bellow are my winners for this part of the season and I had decent fish previous year when I test them.

I recommend them for fishing in super clear waters with spooky fish. I noticed they work by far better compared with the same flies tied with orange or red as hot spots.


  • Hook in size #8-16 preferable with long shank
  • Body is made of Mad rabbit in natural color
  • Tail is made of partridge or mylar fibers ( from some synthetic uv white dubbing )
  • for back: Mirage braidback in pearl color
  • Thorax is made of mad rabbit dubbing brushed
  • one turn of cdc to provide movement can be added

Probably the explanation is in how mylar fibers are in water: they look like the skeleton left behind by nymph when is in the transformation stage or maybe they look like a air bubble trapped by an insect. Nobody knows exactly but what is certain is that these flies catch a lot of fish 🙂

  • Brett Elkman
    February 17, 2020

    Great Patterns. Are there recipes for this available. What material is that, so spiky.

    • Lucian Vasies
      February 18, 2020

      Hi Brett, thanks for your comment 🙂 It is mad rabbit dubbing ( is fur only from hare mask hand trimmed ). I added the recipe in the article.

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