Monday, 19 August 2013

Ariculate Burrowing Foam Nymph V2.0

Articulate Burrowing Foam Nymph V2.0
Re-look into the old pattern, this one is much easier to tie, playing with Palmer Chenille as the gills which the 'blink blink' effect may looks like air bubbles trap at the abdomen..

Image from the net on the nymph 


Palmer Chenille by Wapsi
1.5mm thick close cell foam
40lbs hard wire
TMC 105 Egg fly hook size 6
Pheasant tail fibers
Goose Biots

Step by step tying instructions:

Cut a short length of 40ls hard wire, bend to shape as the articulate shank for abdomen

Tie in 3 pcs of Pheasant tail fibers

Tie in the Palmer Chenille at the middle of the shank

Tie in the foam

Bring two of the side fibers over and tie the foam 

Bring the fibers back and fold over the foam, tie down the foam... this way you will secure the 3 fiber split nicely

Tie in some segment, wind the chenille about 3 rounds, tie down

Split the chenille fibers and tie down the foam

Repeat similar steps, until you have it whip finish near the shank's eye

Trim the chenille fibers

This is what you get... the abdomen

Prepare the hook

Connect the abdomen with a mono line

Tie in the Palmer Chenille, do 3-4 round of winding... tie down

Trim the fibers

Tie in 3 pairs of Goose biots

Dub in some dubbing to split the legs

Cut a pcs of foam as per the picture

Tie in the foam as the wing case

Dub in more dubbing and tie in a pair for Pheasant tail fiber a the antenna

Fold over the foam and tie down near the eye

Fold the foam over, tie down to create the head

Trim the foam and whip finish

Color with markers

Heat bend the biot to create the legs segment

Ready for fishing...

If you don't have Palmer Chenille... or you don't like the 'blink blink' sparkling effect... you can replace it with Organza ribbon...

Cheers and have fun tying


  1. Excellent¡
    Very nice job and patient.

  2. Those are absolutely great. I can only imagine how well those would fish for still-water trout!


  3. These are fantastic, I have a load of your patterns earmarked to tie over the winter for next year. I particularly like the organza used for the gills on this pattern and I would use a brownish shade to copy our ephemera danica mayfly.