Category Archives: Nymphs


Nymphs are flies designed to imitate the sub-surface food of trout. For a description and list of nymph flies see below.

Hare and Copper Nymph – probably our most popular nymph pattern

Hare and Copper nymph trout fly

Hare and Copper The Hare and Copper nymph is probably the most popular nymph pattern used to fish for trout in New Zealand. Relatively easy to tie. It is a favourite of the home tier. It is also possible to make numerous variations with different coloured beads, body shapes, and the like to suggest different insects from mayflies to drowned spinners, More...

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Glo-bug egg row trout fly.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
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Glo-Bug Trout Fishing Flies for Winter Rainbows – Good in the Twizel Canals

Glo-Bug trout row fly complete with blood spot. Glo-Bugs by Allan Burgess At first sight, a pink or orange Glo-bug seems an unlikely trout bait. A Glo-bug is a fly tied to imitate a trout or salmon row. It’s More...

Blue Bottle Nymph Fly
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
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Wiggle Legs Bluebottle Pheasant Tail Nymph for the Twizel Canals

Wiggle Legs Bluebottle Pheasant Tail Nymph Start with strong size 8 hook. Nymphs are often overlooked by anglers new to trout fishing and fly tying. Perhaps the reason is that they are so small alongside a feathered More...

Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
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Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph

Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph The Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph is quite simply to tie. It is an effective pattern for deep water fishing. This nymph pattern has proven deadly on big rainbows More...

McDonald Mudeye Nymph, brown version. Ideally the body should be flattened. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, November 26th, 2017
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McDonald Mudeye Nymph – An Easy Fly to Tie Yet Deadly on Trout

McDonald Mudeye Nymph by Dick Marquand McDonald Mudeye Nymph, brown version. Ideally, the body should be flattened. McDonald Mudeye. I can remember a few years ago, cleaning a large trout that I had caught in Lake More...

Creedons Creeper nymph.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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Creedons Creeper Modified Version with John Hey

Creedon’s Creeper – Modified Version with John Hey Step. 1. Tie in three pheasant tail strands, or whisks, to form a tail. November has arrived! This is my favourite time of the year with the high country More...

How to tie a Chironomid Midge Pupa Fly - Midge Pupa - with Ian Cole
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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How to tie a Chironomid Midge Pupa Fly – Midge Pupa – with Ian Cole

Chironomid Midge Pupa Fly Midge can also be found in some of our backwaters and slower moving reaches of our streams and rivers. Whilst resembling a mosquito in appearance the midge is a non-biting insect of the More...

By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Giving Life to Nymphs – Wiggle Nymph Damsel, Caddis Pupa, Blood Worm, Snail and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear

Wiggle Nymph Damsel tied in two sections to simulate movement. Rabbit fur tail and legs also add movement. Impressionist Nymphs with John Hey Let’s look at impressionist nymphs and how to give them life when More...

Horn Caddis nymph
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Horn Cased Caddis Nymph

Horn Caddis Nymph Caddis flies come in many different sizes, colours and shapes. They may not be that glamorous as a trout fly but this larval stage of the insect’s development provides head waters trout More...

By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 15th, 2014
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The Goldhead Nymph with Wanaka based trout fishing guide Ian Cole

Goldhead Nymph In fishing seasons past the Goldhead caught a lot of fishermen, it seemed to be on the tongues of many! Often, whilst browsing around sports shops assistants would ask “Have you tried a Goldhead?” The More...

Nymphs Flies

Nymphs are flies designed to imitate the sub-surface food of trout. Mayflies, their lava stage, in particular, are a very important food source for trout.

The adult mayfly lays her eggs on the surface of the water. The eggs sink to the bottom. Two to three weeks later hatch into very small nymphs. Depending on the mayfly species they remain in this larval nymph stage from as little as a few months to over a year. As they get closer to maturing into flying insects the nymphs darken in colour as their wings and new bodies form.

Finally, they rise to the surface with the aid of air trapped in their now no longer needed disposable cuticle, or as is the case with some species crawl out of the water, spread their wings and take to the air.

For the sake of simplicity, I have also including things like Glo-bugs in this category which imitate fish eggs as they are a sub-surface trout food.