Spencer Higa, came up with a great little multipurpose nymph pattern a few years ago. Spencer is the head guide and fishing manager at Falcon's Ledge out in the Uinta Basin, so needless to say, he sees a lot of picky fish on a daily basis. The S.O.S. (Save Our Skin) fly was originated to act as an imitation for a variety of mayflies as well as midges.
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Dai-Riki 125, Size 16 - 20.
Black Hackle or Black Pheasant Tail
Black Krystal Flash two strands
Nickle 3/32 for size 16, 5/64 for size 18 or 1/16 for size 20
Medium red holographic material.
Black Ice Dubbing or Black UV Dubbing.
Fishing Hints: Fish the SOS as a midge pattern usually under an indicator any where in the water column fish aare sighted.
Note: The video tying instructions and the written directions may vary.
Slide the bead on the hook. Mount the hook and lay a base of thread down the hook shank.
Strip 5-6 fibers from a black hackle and tie down the bend of the hook. Return the thread behind the bead.
Tie the wire in and wrap to the bend.
Form a tapered body using the tying thread ending behind the bead.
Wrap the wire ribbing forward and tie off behind the bead. Clip the tag end.
Mount the holographic material behind the bead to form a wing pad.
Build a nice stout thorax using the Ice Dubbing or UV Dubbing.
Tie in two strands of Black Krystal Flash behing the bead. Tie the krystal flash so that half of the material extends from both sides of the fly. Form an X around the krystal flash with the thread. Fold the krystal flash back towards the tail and make 2-3 wraps of thread between the bead and krystal flash.
Fold the holograhic material over the thorax and tie off. The wing pad will help keep the legs rearward.
Cut the krystal flash to about 1/2-3/4 the length of the shank. Trim off the holographic material.