The Simon Templer NymphPosted on 13 December 2010 by Vincent
The Simon Templer Nymph, it’s without a doubt my favourite nymph! It was developed by Mr. Simon Branse for fishing the Rur in Blens. It’s an easy tie, and it catches a lot of fish all over the world!
The Simon Templer Nymph basically is an adjusted pheasant tail nymph. I tie a lot of pheasant tail style nymphs. I like the pheasant tail material: It’s cheap, it’s easy to tie with, it looks good and it catches a lot of fish! The peacock fiber is somewhat the same for me: It’s cheap, easy to tie with, looks good and catches a lot of fish. Put in a copper rib for strength and you’ve got the perfect nymph!
Well… Almost!! The “minor” adjustments in this pattern make it the very best nymph for me. The added CDC feather makes the abdomen come alive. It makes for a semi-realistic imitation of an abdomen of a hatching nymph. It looks like it’s ready to shed it’s skin. The “mirage-flash” back on the thorax gives it a very attracting feature as wel. Hatching nymphs rise to the surface using an air bubble. The Mirage-flash imitates this bubble very well. I like to fish deep when fishing nymphs. I hardly ever use normal gold-beads. The heaviër tungsten beads are my favourite.
You can fish this fly with several nymphing methods. I use it for czech nymphing, upstream nymphing and swinging nymphs. It has proven to be succesfull with all methods. Give this one a try, you won’t regret it!
- Hook: Tiemco 3761BL #10
- Bead: Tungsten 3,3mm bead
- Thread: 8/0 UNI or 12/0 benecchi, Black
- Abdomen: Pheasant Tail fibers
- “Skirt”: CDC Feather, grey or natural
- Rib: Fine copper wire
- Thorax: Peacock fibers
- Shellback: Mirage flash large