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Skinny Nelson

Skinny Nelson Fly Tying Instructions

The Skinny Nelson is a slim profiled mayfly nymph.  It works well in tailwaters and on picky trout.  The Skinny Nelson can be tied with or without a bead, if you do use a bead a black one is best.  The Skinny Nelson also works the best when it is tied in sizes #18-22.  You can also use different colors.  Olive, Yellow or brown thread can be substituted to imitate a more specific mayfly.

The distinct ribbing and slim profile is what sets the Skinny Nelson apart from other flies.  Small Baetis Mayflies have thin bodies and a very segmented body.  The majority of the bulk is on the thorax and legs, exactly like the Skinny Nelson.  The Skinny Nelson is a great fly for the beginner or intermediate tier to tie.  Have fun with it!

Skinny Nelson Fly Tying Recipe:
Hook: #18-22 Tiemco 100>>
Thread: Black UTC 70>>
Tail: Pheasant Tail>>
Body: Black UTC 70 Thread>>
Rib: Silver Small Wire>>
Thorax: Peacock Herl>>
Case: Medium Flashback Material>>

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