Fly Patterns - Hogan's S & M Nymph

                 Hogan's S & M  Nymph



Hogan’s S & M Nymph was the star performer at the recent Upper Sac outing….even out-fishing Bill’s Stick Caddis, which is generally the number one fish-getter at this time of year. This year’s weather, being warm with crisp blue skies and very low, crystal clear water conditions, seems to have affected the normally heavy October Caddis hatch which, in turn, reduced the effectiveness of October Caddis patterns (larva, pupa, emerger, and adult). Many fish were still caught on the Stick Caddis, but the small nymphs clearly out-performed all others—with the S & M leading the charge.


That’s the “bad news;” the “good news” is that there were prolific hatches of baetis, or blue winged olive mayflies. BWOs are tiny grayish olive bugs, normally imitated well by tiny Pheasant Tail nymphs. The nymphs were active most of the day, but particularly in low light conditions (early morning, especially) and on days when there was some cloud cover.


The S & M in various sizes probably imitates a host of mayfly nymphs (and probably some species of midges), but in the smaller sizes (16-20) it is especially effective as a baetis nymph imitation. My guide clients, on Thursday, Friday, and Monday were able to land many trout using this pattern—with a few fish in the 18” range. Outing participants also found it to be particularly effective.


Since baetis hatch virtually all year long, including Winter, let’s put a few of these in our fly boxes.

Tying Instructions

1. De-barb the hook, add a 2 mm copper bead to the hook, and cover the shank with thread.


2. Using 5 or 6 pheasant tail barbules, tie in a tail just above the back of the barb. At the same spot tie in a piece of chartreuse wire.





3. Tie in a few pheasant tail barbules by their tips at the same spot. Wrap them forward to the 1/3 point on the shank and tie them off. This forms the abdomen of the fly. Wrap the wire rib forward in close turns and tie it off at the front end of the body.




4. At the same spot, tie in a brown goose biot with the butt end pointing rearward. This will be used for the wing case.


5. Dub a small thorax in front of the abdomen.



6. Tie in two short strands of pearl crystal flash just behind the hook eye so that there are two “legs” on each side of the fly. The strands should be pointing rearward. Clip the crystal flash legs so that they end at the point of the hook.


7. Apply a tiny drop of Dave’s Flexament or similar glue to the top of the thorax and quickly pull the biot over the top. Pull the crystal flash legs rearward so that they lie alongside the body of the fly. Tie off the biot behind the eye of the hook and whip finish.




Tying & Fishing Tips

1. I like to fish this fly on a 6” or 7” 4X dropper protruding from the main tippet. I use a loop knot to tie on the fly, as it gives the fly more action in the drift.


2. If you begin catching lots of fish on this fly, try putting two of them on—one on the dropper and the other on the point fly—perhaps using different sizes.


3. Fish this fly whenever you see BWOs flying around the stream, or see their nymphs swimming about in the shallows.


Fish this delicate little bug all year long—you won’t regret it. See ya on the creek.




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