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Heptagenid Nymph

Presented by Herb Kettler

Heptagenid Nymph
Originator: Oliver Edwards


Hook: Partridge H1A or preferably an up eyed hook say the new O.E. Correct Attitude olive plated H1B/CA both #16.
Thread: Spiderweb
Weight: Sticky backed lead sheet
Tails: Brown or olive dyed Badger hair (European).
Abdomen: Yellowish Olive Flexibody.
Gills on abodomen: Yellowish Olive Ostrich herl.
Head Capsule: Brown Swiss straw (rafene).
Thorax: Masterclass dubbing MC6 & MC 14 (both yellow olives.)
Alternate legs not used: Guinea Fowl flank feathers dyed pale yellow.
Wing case or buds: Dark red brown grouse hackles or partridge if you can’t get grouse.
Head foundation: 25lb. B.S. Mono for heat balling for head foundation.
Legs: Fine round rubber - brown
Heptagenid Nymph, photo by Steve Sato
Photo by Steve Sato. The fly is tied by Oliver Edwards.

Tying Instructions

1. Used H1A/CA #18

2. Tie 5mm double thick rafene strip on top of hook behind eye and extending forward over eye about 3/4", moisten rafene before tying in.

3. Tie mono in 1 mm back from eye of hook on top of rafene for head foundation.

4. With cigarette lighter melt mono tips to form small flats (flatten with wet finger tip.) This barbell like assembly is about 1/8" wide.

5. Tie in three tails at least one overall shank length long. Push the tails up with you thumb, then go between the middle tail and the far tail with your thread, then around the hook in front of the tails, then go between the near and middle tails with your thread and around the hook, do that again and again, then once under the middle tail. Oliver describes it (left handed and down in front and up in back for the thread direction) as between far and middle, between middle and near, then one under the middle.

6. Lead from 1/4 from back of shank forward. Wrap three layers right behind the head foundation, then wrap back to create an almost V-shaped thorax.

7. Cut off yellow olive flexibody strip ~2mm wide with point for tie-in.

8. Tie in flexibody and ostrich herl right in front of tail tie in point.

9. Hold flexibody from twisting in a pair of hackle pliers and wrap ostrich herl around flexibody for about 1". Wrap around and catch in fingers holding hackle pliers and then wrap again and again without twisting the flexibody. Clip hackle pliers over herl and flexibody. Wrap up in overlapping turns being careful not to twist the flexibody, 1/2 way up tie off and trim off the flexibody and herl.

Proportions of Abodomen and Thorax

10. Coat a grouse breast feather with flexament and stroke the barbs to narrow the feather. Should be width of head. Tie in with feather upside down, tip to rear.

11. Dub Thorax. Create carrot shaped dubbing on thread and wrap forward. Put more dubbing behind eyes. Then make a 2" dubbing rope and touch with head cement. Figure eight around head foundation. Then dub elliptically around barbells.

Dubbing elliptically around barbells

12. Compact head with pliers.

13. Tie in rubber legs on each side, just in front of wing case. Dub between legs to cover thread and separate front and rear legs.

14. Fold over wing bud and tie down just behind head foundation.

15. Fold back rafene and tie down immediately behind head foundation stalks.(rafene covers head foundation or stalks.)

16. Tie new legs on each side where rafene was tied down, cut off back leg of each of these pairs to leave a total of 3 legs on each side.

17. Whip-finish immediately behind head foundation.

18. Use pantone market to color thread used for whip finish

19. Shape legs by heating with surgical cauterizer. This will cause rubber to melt on one side thus folding legs and putting in a permanent crease. Cut legs to length. Legs should be folded forward, not down.

Note: Abdomen and thorax should be the same length.

Changes from procedure in book.

(The original fly is published in Oliver Edwards’ Flytyers Masterclass, page 29)

© Photo: Steve Sato. Documenting the tying steps: Herb Kettler 


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