Fly ZAK Nymph
Popular trout nymph created by Tom Sutcliffe
Brass bead weight
Grip 12804BL Barbless Hook
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I previously posted a series of pictures on tying the Fly ZAK Nymph, which, on reflection, could be improved on. The Zak, as Ian Cox rightly points out in a letter in the October November 2011 issue of Flyfisherman, is more a style of tying than a precise pattern, so there is room to use a variety of materials. However, the tying principles remain the same. We are after a dark, buggy, life-like fly that will represent a host of Baetid nymphs and have certain key triggers – movement, the right profile with a sparse, long tail, sloping abdomen, a clear thorax and a suggestion of legs.
Hook: Hanak H230 #14
Bead: Glass, brass or tungsten; again your choice
Thread: 6/0 black
Under-thorax: Wool or lead wire if you are tying really heavy patterns.
Tail: Preferably the finer, barred fibres from a water mongoose skin. Alternatively use jackal or grey squirrel. I think cock hackles are too straight and stiff for the fly.
Body and thorax: Three peacock herls stripped of all flue, one plain peacock herl, purple DMC thread (green, or red, or blue DMC if you can’t get purple) and copper fuse wire.
Legs: Dun or any dark hackle, preferably genetic so the fibres are not too long.
Add a bead and dress the shank with silk.
Select the finer barred fibres from a water mongoose skin and pull them out with your fingers. This is better than using scissors when you tend to end up with too many fibres.
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