This is one of the patterns I came up with when testing out Flymen Fishing Company’s Evolution Bead Head series. Getting the slim and wide profile of a Heptagenia mayfly nymph with enough weight has been always an issue and the Clinger & Crawler beads solve this issue better than anything I’ve used in the past. I’ve done more realistic versions of this pattern and theme but this is one that is fast and simple to tie and gives fairly realistic results in the water. It uses only a few basic materials and holds up well. I’ve added couple notes to the pattern on how to tie it.
Evolution Heptagenia Nymph
Hook: Tunca Nymph #14-16
Head: Evolution Nymph Head – Mayfly (Clinger & Crawler), Olive #S-SX
Weight: Lead free wire on the sides of the hook.
Tail: 3 tips of Ostrich herls dyed Olive.
Back: Thin Skin – Mottled Oak Olive.
Rib: #S Vinyl Rib – Clear or monofil line.
Body: Ostrich herls dyed Olive, the remainder of the tails wound around the shank.
Legs: Ostrich Herls dyed Olive, Butt ends of the herls.
Thorax: SLF Master Class dubbing – 29 Ligh Damsel Nymph. Or any similar dubbing.
WingCase: Thin Skin – Mottled Oak Olive cut to shape.