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Scott’s Floating Nymph

This pattern is an excellent imitation of a mayfly “emerger”, a mayfly nymph which has risen to the surface film and is about to emerge into the next-to-final adult mayfly (dun) stage. The concept is to fish the fly just under the surface when fish are engaged in “bulging” rises. When fish are taking emergers, their rise-forms are often mistaken for surface-feeding rises. Surface-feeding rises, however, tend to be splashier, or at times subtle, suck-in takes (especially if the fish is large). Learning to recognise what trout are doing by their rise-forms will increase your success rate.


Hook TMC 200; Mustad 94845: #10-16
Thread Olive 6/0 or 8/0
Tail Gray partridge hackle fibers
Abdomen Stripped Peacock quill from near eye
Wing case Gray evazote
Thorax Olive rabbit fur
Legs Gray partridge hackle


1. Tie in tail of partridge hackle fibers, just above the rear of the (now smashed) barb.
2. Strip a peacock quill taken from near the quill eye. One easy way to do this is to take an eraser and "scrub" the barbules off, going from tip to butt.
3. Tie the quill in where the tail was tied in, and wind it forward to a point 1/3 shank length behind the eye. Tie off at this point.
4. Take a 1/8" wide strip of gray evazote and tie it in hard against front of quill body, directly on top of the hook.
5. Dub a full thorax of olive rabbit fur, just in front of the tie in point of evazote. Leave one eye length behind eye open.
6. Clip tip section cut of a partridge feather. From remaining feather, strip off all but 5-6 barbules on each side.
7. With remaining piece, tie it on tip of hook, just in front of thorax, with butt out over the eye.
8. Bring evazote over the top and tie it off just behind the eye. Cut excess and tie down evazote butt, forming a nice small head.

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