Isopod Nymph
by ken - January 01, 2022

A fly angler that doesn't pick the routinely picked river bottom rock over in their hands and investigate the aquatic insect residents is the fly angler that limits their success. "You will never know it all" - is a saying GRT guides continually repeat to our clients. This is the best way to familiarize yourself with the fish foods of the river!

One thing for sure,  is,  if you turn a rock over here on the Grand River you will find a full-time, all-time resident insect called the isopod. This specimen never evolves into an airborne hatch. It only lives, eats, reproduces, and matures all year long on the river rock condos of our local rivers. An angler without an assortment of these bugs is probably an angler missing out. 

Isopod Nymph Steps

Tying On and underbody
Make sure to wrap full hook shank coverage of thread. Fasten properly trimmed flat lead to hook. Make sure it is secured well with thread.

Head cement underbody
Apply a coating of head cement to top and bottom of this fastened underbody.

Tie in Wing Case
Fasten well with thread wraps the wing case material. Make sure it is tied in perfect position at the back of the hook bend behind the underbody rear taper.

Tie in Wire
Secure well with thread in same position as wing case the solid wire counter wrap material.

Dubbing Body
Notice the thread position by eye of hook. Dubbing two layers makes for fuller and better-quality dubbed bodies. Dubbing starts at eye of hook and works backwards towards bend of hook and then repeats forward to eye of hook.

Finished Dub Body
Even full dubbed bodies with the flattened lead underbodies is this flies secret for success.

Wing Case Fastening
Pull wing case material over dubbed body and keep it on top of hook, snug, while you tie it off. It is key to fold wing case material back and continue to fasten more wraps of thread. This prevents wings from coming apart.

Wire Segments
Make 4 to 6 segments with your solid fine wire wraps. Tie off wire. smooth out fly head. make whip finish knot x 2. Trim thread and coat finished head with cement.

Dubbing Picking Trick
Using Dubbing pick bristle tool tease out fly sides slightly. Trim excess enjoy your future time on the water!

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