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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|Hook:||Dai-Riki 125, Size 16 - 20.
|Tail:||Black Hackle or Black Pheasant Tail
|Legs:||Black Krystal Flash two strands
|Bead:||Nickle 3/32 for size 16, 5/64 for size 18 or 1/16 for size 20
|Wing Pad:||Medium red holographic material.
|Thorax:||Black Ice Dubbing or Black UV Dubbing.
Fish the SOS as a midge pattern usually under an indicator any where in the water column fish aare sighted.
- 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.
- Whip-finish and apply a small dab of head cement.
Flies or materials are available at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
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