Nymphs catch more fish, for fly fishermen, than other flies. The right, generic nymph is always a Super choice. Choices are like tongues; everyone has their own tastes. Try to discover your favorite nymph and learn to tie it.
Years ago, I found a rubber legged nymph in a tree, along the Yellowstone River. What the heck, I tied it on. Several fish later, I quickly saved it for later. Once at the vice, I tied my version.
The Brown Nymph was a common commercial tie, but by adding a change or two, I made it my own. Since I was a kid and had a silly sense of humor, I called my new Superfly, The Turdblossom. The name has stuck.
You can tie the fly using brown chenille. It is an easy tie and catches fish. The Turd Blossom has bloomed in every water that I have fished for trout and bass. It seems to also look a bit like a crayfish. The rubber legs motion to the fish for a strike. The entire fly is durable. My usual tie is on an 8-12 nymph hook. Changing the colors of the rubber legs can be fun and attract more strikes in different conditions.
You can add weight to the fly or attach weight to the leader. Normally I use the Turd Blossom as my terminal fly, to flush out the bigger and deeper fish. 18 inches above, I tie a Prince, or some other Superfly. Choice is important.
Strike indicators work well when nymphing. Generally, I use them to instruct rookie fly fishermen. Eventually, learn to see the strikes on your fly line, to catch more fish. Use fly floatant to coat the top 3 feet of your tippet and terminal fly line. Now you have a 6-foot-long strike indicator. Presentation is key so be certain to mend your drifts and float naturally.
Try and tie a Turdblossom today!
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