I think that it is fitting to look at Nation's Green Nymph for this month's fly tying article. Early May in Central British Columbia can be warm as summer but more often cool days prevail with occassional snow flurries at higher elevations! The law of survival on such days preclude insect hatches and as a change to chironomids, searching the depths with dragonfly or sedge nymph patterns can be a productive way to go! Bill Nation invented the green sedge in its bulky form as a dragonfly nymph nearing the point of hatching. It is one of my favourites when fished slowly at the edge of drop-offs. Bill's original pattern was tied with green wool but I have taken the liberty of using a more modern body material, a pearl-olive diamond braid to give it that extra attraction and as usual, I have used invisible mending thread rather than the tying silk of his day.
Tie in a clump of golden pheasant tippets, very short, for the tail. Next, half hitch a long, thin mallard flank feather piece plus a gold wire to the hook bend. Also, cinch the pearl-olive diamond braid at this point and wind forward to the hook eye, fairly bulky in a cigar like shape. Then wind the mallard feather strip forward in about five turns followed by counter wrapping the gold wire as a rib to the hook eye. I like to now flip the hook in my tying vice to add a beard of badger hackle. Right the fly for the final step of adding the ground hog wing, cement, tie off and you have finished Bill Nation's green nymph!
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