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Brandlin’

Yup! An imitation of a worm. Well worms are a naturally available food source for trout, so why not?

Tying this fly is very simple but requires skill to control the tension in the Nymph Skin while you wind it.

Hook: Living Nymph size 8 (Any large hook with a bit of shape to it will do).

Under body: Self adhesive lead foil.

Thread: Yes you’ll need some! What you use doesn’t matter that much.

Body: Nymph Skin (Narrow 3.5 mm) Fl. Orange.

Coating: Diamond Flex.

Wind your lead foil over the hook shank. Cut the foil across the pitch angle so the ends wind square.

This weight is optional.

Start your thread and run down the hook shank over the lead.

Cut across your Nymph Skin at a steep angle to create a point.

Catch in the point of the nymph skin. Make sure it is tight and secure, as you will be pulling hard on the Nymph Skin.

Build a thread ramp behind the lead to make the transition smooth.

Run the thread back over the lead to the eye.

Give the Nymph Skin a good stretch, pull it until it reduces by about half it’s width.

Wind the nymph skin a few very close turns to create a steep taper at the tail. Reduce the tension slightly and work forward in even turns.

Decide where your worm’s saddle will be. When you reach that point wind the nymph skin back over itself. Adjust the tension so that it creates a nice saddle.

Wind forward to the front end of the saddle.

Reestablish the same tension you used for the rear portion and continue to wind to the head. Secure the Nymph Skin and trim out the excess.

A whip finish and you are ready to colour your worm.

Colour the body of your worm as you like. Here I have used a Saddle Brown Letraset marker.

If you want the banding to show work the marker from tail to eye.

Let it dry.

Coat the whole worm with Diamond Flex. Give it a dousing in UV light and you’re done.


Cheers,

A.