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Tying Wet Flies and Nymphs
Mike Huffman
Expert tips on building effective wet flies and nymphs.
Mike Huffman

This is a big category, covering most of the flies we fish with most of the time. The range runs from tiny emergers fished just under the film to weighted depth charges that plumb the bottom in 8 feet of heavy current. Hooks, materials and weight must be selected to fish at the depth you want, with water flow being a major consideration. Lead wire, brass wire and beads of different densities are among the weight options. Dubbing materials and threads change color when wet, so you may find yourself using a lighter shade to produce the right color when "soaked."

The new smaller-diameter rubber legs lend themselves to smaller flies than previously possible. Adding a bit of flash to an old favorite sometimes helps, while other times toning down the flash might be desirable. The biggest advantage to tying your own flies is that you can add or subtract elements in order to create flies that you (or, more importantly, anyone else) can't obtain at the local fly shop.  

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