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: Bird's nest

Dble Haul
12-05-2002, 04:40 PM
This is a popular nymph pattern, especially in California and Nevada. It doesn't represent anything in particular, but suggests many things in general.

Hook: Size 8-18 (here, a size 10)
Thread: 6/0, rust
Tail: Mallard flank
Rib: Fine copper wire
Abdomen: Australian possum or other to suit (here, synthetic ginger)
Legs: Same as tail, tied full
Thorax: Same as abdomen

This pattern can also be fished effectively in brown and black.

12-06-2002, 08:43 AM
A classic! I didn't think anyone around here was tying these except me :hehe:

Mark I noticed you tie yours with what looks like a mallard wing. So many variations of this old-school pattern. A great emerger pattern when fished with a leisenring lift.

Dble Haul
12-06-2002, 10:14 AM
Dave, I use the mallard because it's what Kauffman's recipe calls for. I'm trying to stick to his materials as much as possible as I work my way through his demonstration patterns.

What do you use in lieu of the mallard? Inquiring tiers would like to know. :p


12-06-2002, 10:29 AM

I use mallard too. The only variation is that I split the tail (stonefly style) and don't include a wing when I tie the pattern. I simply use mallard for legs/gills on each side of the fly.

Rather than tie in a wing, I dub with hare-tron and pick it out the entire body. I like the way it sparkles and traps bubbles underwater. Then if there's a caddis hatch you can clip off the tail and you have a pretty good looking pupae. I suppose this generic pattern could imitate just about anything a trout eats.

This conversation as got me thinking about digging the studs out and hitting the deerfield tomorrow :devil: