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Fly tying the micro nymph Geir Kjensmo

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Effective and pleasant nymph fishing; micro-nymph fished NZ-style

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Hello, my name is Geir Kjensmo and I wrote this article about micro nymph fished NZ style

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Micro-nymphs on hook size 16-22 need of course to be simple, and the one presented here combines in a simple way attractive colours for especially grayling.
Most times I fish this nymph tied on a very thin fluorocarbon 0,10-0,12mm, tippet material and this again tied from the hook bend of a deer-hair dry fly. My favourite pattern of dry fly is a variant of the Elk Hair Caddis. There are numerous ways to tie this fly to imitate caddis, mayflies, stoneflies and buzzers. Size, colour, with or without palmered body-hackle, heaviness of dressing and position/tilting of wing, are adjusted to create very good imitations of different stages of the insects mentioned above.
Impregnated with a good floatant, I use down to size 14 for the dry, and this fly easily carries a micro-nymph size 18-22.
 

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Now the nymph:
I favour Knapek barbless hooks; I find the long point having very good hooking ability.
Tungsten beads slotted 2,8mm, pheasant feather, pink wool dubbing and a pre-cut stripe of  pearl sheet, are things you need.

I tie a loop of tying thread to use for rib on the fly

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After the pheasant, tie in the strip of pearl.

Dub on the pink wool

Tie in the pearl as a back shield on the nymph, leave a stub to be folded back again

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Finish the nymph with the whip-finishing knot and a drop of varnish.

Tied with thin tippet material, 60-90cm from the hook bend of the dry, this setup gives me a lot of fun especially close to bank fishing for grayling in the autumn. In October and November, big grayling can often be found very close to the bank in 0,5-1m deep water. Here they feed on small stoneflies and buzzers hatching in only a couple of degrees of air temperature on sunny days. To cast this setup with the impregnated size 14 Elk Hair variant and a size 18-20 micro-nymph, is almost as easy and smooth as casting with only a dry. I use Elk Hair variants imitating the insects hatching; where I live I often find small black stoneflies at this time of year and my variant is then sparsely tied of black deer hair. Frequently, the grayling will take my dry “strike-indicator”, but summarized in a season, 60-70 % of my grayling are caught on the nymph.

For deeper water and also with the need to quickly adjusting the depth, I still frequently use the micro-nymph with very thin and long fluorocarbon leader, but now I use the strike-indicator presented elsewhere at GFF.

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