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Tunghead Trophy Nymph Jig Fly Hook

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Hook: Gamakastu J20-B #10-16- Click Here
Bead: Hanak Slotted Tungsten Bead Matte Black (or to match your specific needs)- Click Here
Thread: UTC 70 in Fluorescent colors- Click Here
Tail: Pheasant Tail Natural (or your color choice)- Click Here    Click Here
Rib: Ultra Wire- Click Here
Thorax: Peacock Ice Dub- Click Here
Collar: Hungarian Partridge- Click Here    Click Here

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Notes de l'auteur:
This fly is not something that I originated, but like many other patterns in the tying world something that we have tweaked or customized.  The standard Trophy Nymph has been a top producer for many years.  It usually finds a consistent place on my nymph rigs for trout and steelhead.  Using a stout hook and a tungsten bead has been the mainstay of this pattern, but it has a few downsides.  

First the pattern is heavy causing it to snag easily.  Secondly I tied this fly on a heavy wire nymph hook that did not open up and free itself.  Thinking about how to make this fly fish well and limit snags I was reminded of my childhood.  When I was much younger drifting a small jig with a long spinning rod produced many fish and seldom hung up on the bottom.  From these memories the Jig Head Trophy nymph was born.  Now we have high quality jig hooks and slotted beads that provide us with many options.  

This fly can be tied in many different sizes, body colors, bead colors, and hook designs.  Right now this is exactly how I tie and fish this pattern.  The combination of the matte colored bead with the small hot spots of fluorescent colored thread is deadly.  I do tie these with gold, orange, pink and silver beads also.  You can experiment with different colored fluorescent hot spots also, but orange, chartreuse, and pink are the most productive in my opinion.  Also do not overlook using a metallic blue, yellow, orange, or silver wire.  The size shown is a 14, but I keep these in various sizes from 10 - 16.  Fish this fly under a bobber/float/indicator for a great 90 degree rig or use a high stick or Euro style approach.  If warm water species are more of your game then give this fly a shot at a feeding carp or under a popper for a killer panfish setup.  

Ryan Ratliff- March 2018
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