In this fly tying tutorial, our shop manager Kramer Bookman teaches you to tie the Steely Dan nymph. It highlights a couple of synthetic substitutes for CDL and peacock quill that are interesting. As he states in the video, you can use the pattern as a general framework for plenty of other material substitutions based on alterations you might like to suit your rivers and your preferences. Give it a whip and let us know how it goes!
Recipe: you can find all of the materials listed below on our website in the Steely Dan category at this link.
Hook: Dohiku 302 sizes 14-20
Bead: Tactical Fly Fisher Inverting or Slotted Tungsten Beads
Tails: Hareline Barred Mayfly Tails
Thread: Semperfli Classic Waxed in pale gray. Kramer uses 8/0 for larger sizes and 12/0 for smaller sizes
Quill Body: Semperfli Perfect Quill
Dubbing: Hareline Dubbin in Adam's Gray
Resin: UV Craft Clear