In interacting with other fly tyer’s over on a couple of Facebook Fly Tying Groups I participate in, I was asked to share my pattern recipe for one of my very favorite Bluegill nymphs. Thus, I will share here my tying technique for the “Modified Sheep Creek”.
But, first I would like to just make note here of a few fly tying facts. In fly tying, there are really very few original patterns anymore. With the popularity of fly tying being what it is nowadays, just about every known material for fly tying known to mankind has been used and fly patterns created with such materials. When we think of something new to tie, and, have not seen it in existence before does not mean it is really an original. We would like to think so, but, many great fly tyers have gone before us to lead the path to where we are here in 2017. Anyway, original ideas are hard to come by. Let that be true about the “Modified Sheep Creek”
The thought for the “Modified Sheep Creek” came from a standard lake pattern that is famous here in the West and Northwestern part of our country. That being the Sheep Creek Special!
For many years, this fly has been a great producer of Trout in our Reservoirs, Lakes, etc. I must give due credit here to the gentleman who created this original pattern. (The late George Biggs of Twin Falls, Idaho, area). Many, many years ago, might I add…. I fished this pattern quite often in my float tubing efforts and had great success. Now, this pattern alone as it is, would be a great fly for fishing for Panfish also.
But, you know how us fly tyer’s are…. We just got to tinker while we are at the vise. A while back I decided that I wanted to use this fly and embellish it a lit for use with my collection of nymphs for fishing for Bluegill, etc. So, I set out to do just that. We all know that Bluegill love Rubber Legs and action from a fly. So I enhanced the fly by adding a Rubber Leg tail and a Rubber Leg hackle for movement. Result: dynamite success on the local ponds here in Northern Colorado. Bluegill, Bass, and, Trout have all taken to the Rubber Legged pattern. I always carry this pattern in my Panfish box and have several on hand for other anglers or in case the fish have worn it out! So, let’s tie a “Modified Sheep Creek”
- Tail – Use a fairly long piece of Rubber Leg material, Fold it in half and tie the looped end in at rear of hook. Do not trim the remainder of your legs as they will serve as your front hackle also. Cut the loop evenly at rear of hook creating a “V” shaped tail. My tail is noticeable on the fly, but, not too long. Hold the remainder of the Rubber Leg material down the top shank of the hook and tie it down by spiraling thread up to bead area. Again, do not trim the Rubber Legs yet!
- Hackle – Remember to choose an oversized hackle, tie it in straight up from barb of hook and make (3) complete wraps with hackle and then trim off.
- Body – Tie in Krystal Chenille next and wrap forward to a space just behind the bead area. Leave a small area to tie in the downwing and forward hackle…..
- Downwing: Mallard flank fibers (At least 10 or so fibers) tied downwing. Size so that the wing does not extend beyond the hackle, slightly less than that.
- Front Hackle: To finish the fly fold the Rubber Leg material back over the fly and tie down so that it lays to the sides of the fly. Make several thread wraps to insure that the Rubber Legs do extend backwards.