AP Nymph |
By Jason Akl
Some of the most productive nymph patterns used by fly anglers over the years have been those that do not exactly imitate a specific insect. Rather the use of size, color and a general buggy feel is used to attract fish to bite. The AP Nymph, originated by Andre Puyans, is a typical example of such a fly pattern. Since its introduction it has become a go-to fly for many anglers.
Although the A.P Nymph was created as a generic nymph pattern it does a particularly good job in imitating the Isonychia mayflies that hatch throughout North America. The Isonychia mayflies are excellent swimmers that are normally found in the faster flowing streams and rivers. The actual “hatch” of adult flies off the water can at times be very sparse and hard to come across; but targeting these flies in their nymphal stage can be rewarding to the angler who is experienced enough to fish these patterns.
In most cases these flies are tied with weight added to the underbody of the fly to aid in weighing down the fly, but adding a split shot or two to the leader line will help get the fly down deep fast in even the fastest of currents. Another helpful hint is to incorporate some sort of indicator system when using this nymph pattern in the fast current. Since the fly will be moving along the bottom at a good pace it will be very hard to tell when fish are taking the fly by the line alone. This fly should be fished with an upstream and across presentation that has the fly drifting near the bottom drag-free for long stretches or runs of the river. As the fly proceeds to drift downstream a few timely mends of the line will be necessary to keep the fly riding deep and in the strike zone. Takes can come at any time during the drift so do not get lulled to sleep near the end of a long drift and lose a trophy fish by not paying attention.