The Bluegill Bug – The Ambush Nymph – From The Secret Stash….
It’s “hot” in Northern Colorado……….Actually pretty hot everywhere it seems not just here! Hot enough that I have not wandered out to test the fish much. As an Ol’ Geezer, I just don’t take the heat the way I did when I was a young man.
That being said, it seems that any fishing attempt is dictated by finding the fish who are also not necessarily enjoying the warm days either. I would like to take the time here to dig into my secret stash of fly patterns that I have had very good success with and need to get the word out so others can tie or fish this pattern and see for yourself what you think.
I have been fishing The Ambush Nymph for quite awhile when fishing lakes and ponds for not only Bluegill, Bass, etc, but, effectively in Trout lakes, too!
The Ambush Nymph that I tie is a small nymph designed to put fish on “Alert”. It has a good sized beadchain for eyes, Arizona Simi-Seal for the body and rubber legs for hackle. I believe the fish take it for a number of reasons. Perhaps, that it looks like a small Dragonfly Nymph, perhaps it just looks buggy enough, perhaps because the predominant bigger eyes really set this bug up to be something the fish key on. With the big buggy looking eyes and rubber legs what is not to like about it. The Bluegill’s reaction has been nothing short of “Him Or Me, What is it going to be”. They ambush them before the Ambush Nymph gets them! Also, know to arouse a Carp or two, and Largemouth Bass dig it in a bigger hook size model. For Bluegills, I like this tied on a #10 style Scud hook. Fish it on a floating line with a longer leader to get down some or using an Intermediate or Slow sinking fly line is even better. Here is a recipe for the pattern if you tie your own. If you don’t tie your own, The Ambush Nymph is available on The Bluegill Bug Shop Page
Let’s tie one……………..
- Hook – Your favorite Scud style hook. In this case, I am using a size (10). Certainly, can be tied in larger sizes to accommodate your needs.
- Thread – Your preference, again. I use a Red, or a Brown thread to best work with the dubbing mix.
- Eyes – Beadchain eyes with the beadchain oversized for the particular size of your hook. I think it is the trigger point of the fly!
- Body – Arizona Simi-Seal in Canadian Brown color.
- Legs – Barred rubber leg material to match the colors of the pattern.
Begin by tying your thread on and laying a base of thread up and down the hook shank to the eye of the hook. Tie in your beadchain eyes at a point just back of the eye of the hook leaving enough space to work your dubbing over and around the eyes and still have enough room to complete your whip finish knot when ready. Tie the eyes in with your thread in an “X” pattern over and under the hook shank until the eyes are solidly in place. Return your thread back down the shank of the hook until a point just after the hook shank bends. Next, I use a dubbing loop and insert my Simi-Seal dubbing in the dubbing loop created. Twist it up firmly creating a dubbing rope and begin wrapping it forward. When you get to the eyes the dubbing should also be wrapped between the eyes in an “X” pattern to give you a buggy looking head of the fly. Finish with your thread at the rear of the eyes so that you can tie in your rubber hackle at that point. I like to use multiple strands of rubber leg material and tie them in down the shank of the hook. Allow them to flare around the top part of your fly pattern. Trim them off evenly at a uniform length you desire. Move your thread in front of the eyes and complete a whip finish knot and you are all done and ready to go “Ambush” some fish!
Thanks for reading,
Mel – The Ol’ Silver Eagle