Hare Nymph

Larvae imitations are called Nymphs in fly fishing. They are very effective lures as aquatic insects (aka fi sh food) which spend most of their lives under water.

Larvae are frequently adapted to environments separate from adults. For example, some larvae such as tadpoles live almost exclusively in aquatic environments, but can live outside water as adult frogs.

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Czech Nymph

Maybe one of the simplest of all nymphs, but certainly one of the most effective patterns ever. It’s famous amongst competition anglers. It either imitates a caddis larva or a freshwater shrimp. I tend to see more of a caddis larva in it. Your vision may vary. Anyway – fish just see “FOOD” flashing in big letters when this comes trundling along in front of their noses.

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Partridge Gammarus

Like the USD Caddis, Oliver Edward’s Gammarus version features very realistic legs and is very convincing. This pattern is certainly the more complicated way of tying a Gammarus imitation, but it’s worth the extra effort. The partridge feather legs look very real in the water. I have seen fish cross a stream to pick up this fly from the riverbed.

Gammarus feed on debris, so they are often found where there are leaves and other organic material decomposing in the water. Look for the decomposing vegetation and leaves in the water, trout are often to be found feeding here in the late summer and early autumn. These often pile up in back eddies and such.

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