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    Default Evolution of the nymph.

    As you are all aware that I am a keen student of the nymph.

    It is very interesting to me, how the evolution of the nymphs have progressed over the years.
    From Skues basic patterns,
    Sawers PTN and Killer bug
    Polly Rosborough fuzzy nymphs.
    the Polish and Czech nymphs.
    With the latest ultra smooth bodies of the French nymphs.
    The addition of UV and Fluoro as must have's.

    at one stage it had to look buggy and drab.
    Then profile became important.
    The weight was next, because at first the fly fishers said, weight adds drag.
    Then the ultra slick and smooth "French" body, with no buggy features at all for quick sinking.
    There was the phase of having a bit of flash in the dubbing,
    The fluoro and UV for a bit of attractor factor.

    It makes me think of the Czech saying " it is not the fly that catches the fish, it is your hands and brain" Or as the French say "it is all in the drift"

    What is your opinion?
    Korrie Broos

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    Korrie Broos

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    Smooth bodied French nymphs
    http://www.flyfisher.ro/en/micro-glitter-nymph/
    No buggy look, no movement, super smooth body for quick decent thru the water.
    Korrie Broos

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    Korrie, I like what slim-profile nymphs achieve in terms of sinking better etc, but I do still like a touch of bugginess/movement. My solution is smooth, slim bodies like the french nymphs, but with a few strands of CDC around the neck. Maybe I just need to get more confidence with them or my technique is not quite up to maintaining perfect contact at all times.

    Here's a separate thought: If it is all about the drift and using your hands and brain, then why go to the effort of making such pretty little nymphs? Why not just use simpler patterns which are quicker to tie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circus View Post
    Korrie, I like what slim-profile nymphs achieve in terms of sinking better etc, but I do still like a touch of bugginess/movement. My solution is smooth, slim bodies like the french nymphs, but with a few strands of CDC around the neck. Maybe I just need to get more confidence with them or my technique is not quite up to maintaining perfect contact at all times.

    Here's a separate thought: If it is all about the drift and using your hands and brain, then why go to the effort of making such pretty little nymphs? Why not just use simpler patterns which are quicker to tie?
    If you look at most of the Czech and French patterns, they are very basic.
    Sometimes, it is just great to tie intricate patterns. and here and there, it is required, but for most, KISS and GISS principle
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    PS: then there are the trends and fashions that come and go.
    But certain basic patterns are still the tried and tested PTN, GRHE, maybe with a bead or a hot/UV spot.
    Korrie Broos

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    Korrie what is GISS?
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    Where does the Vladi worm fit in? Me thinks it comes before the czech nymphs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Largie Whisperer View Post
    Where does the Vladi worm fit in? Me thinks it comes before the czech nymphs.
    Vladi is a Pole.
    Yip deep fast water that requrie heavy flies
    Korrie Broos

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    Yes Korrie I know that did you know he was a world champion at one stage? Did you also know that he coached Jeff Courier to a 3rd? I'm talking about evolution (your thread heading).....before fancy Czech/French Nymphs were tied and developed Vladi was drifting bend TMC's on the river bottom with a cheap ass hand line.
    Last edited by Gerrit Viljoen; 12-11-14 at 01:45 PM.
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