OVM NymphPosted on 11 January 2013 by Vincent
In recent articles and reports about lake Oostvoorne, I’ve mentioned this fly before. It’s one of my favorite OVM flies. A simple, but very effective pattern, if you fish it correctly.
A fly called “Stokje” in Dutch, which means “little stick”, is a well known pattern on lake Oostvoorne. It imitates all kinds of small insects that inhabit the lake, but mainly the small swimming scuds. Most anglers who visit lake Oostvoorne regularly have their own variants on this fly.
I have various variants, each suitable for different situations. Sometimes I want a fly that sinks a bit faster, then I use a heavy hook (like the one used in this video for example), and/or some copper wire as a ribbing. In some situations I want a fly that has a brighter color, then I’ll use a different dubbing. But the fly I’ve tied in this video is probably my most “all-round” nymph.
In this fly I use eel skin as a shellback material. This materials ties best when it’s wet. It gets a bit softer, and ties a lot easier. Therefore I use a bit of saliva.
This fly is best fished on a very long (2x or 2,5x rod length) leader. Depending on the situation you’ll want to fish this fly on a fluorocarbon or regular mono leader, just remember, fluorocarbon sinks! We usually fish this fly on a dead drift or a very slow retrieve, around or just above the weed beds. Try to find some feeding fish, cast in their direction and wait for the sudden pull… It’ll come if you persevere!
- Hook: Tiemco 3769SPBL #12
- Thread: Black Benechi 12/0
- Ribbing: 6lbs mono
- Antennae: 4 or 6 mallard feather fibers
- Shellback: Eel skin
- Dubbing: Natural hare’s ear dubbing