Gold Bead Birdís Nest |
By Dave Sloan
This is a fly you should have plenty of in your fly box tied in a variety of sizes and colors, bead-headed, and non-bead headed. The Birdís Nest is one of those ďwhen in doubtĒ flies because it represents a little bit of everything but nothing in particular. It is one of the best caddis pupae imitations I have found and it is often fished with that idea in mind. You can tie it shaggy, as is shown here, or keep everything much cleaner with a slender profile. All versions catch fish, but I prefer the shaggier version to the clean one.
This fly is fished best on the dead drift but can be swung with amazing results. If you tie some without a bead or lead in them, they can be greased and fished as an emerger in the film too.
Tie this fly in sizes 8-20.
Here is a list of materials I use when tying this pattern.
Hook: TMC 3761 sizes 8-20
Bead: Gold to match hook size
Weight: .015 (20 minus the hook size gives the number of wraps)
Thread: Camel 8/0 Uni-Thread
Tail: Lemon Barred Wood Duck
Ribbing: Gold Wire Meduim for sizes larger than 16, Fine for 16 and smaller
Abdomen: Paxtonís Buggy Nymph Lt. Hareís Ear
Legs: Lemon Barred Wood Duck
Head: Paxtonís Buggy Nymph Lt. Hareís Ear