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Fulling Mill Nymphs

 

Bassano's Blind Caddis

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Part of the Christopher Bassano Custom Selection. See Christoper's description below...

This caddis pattern is most effective in water deeper than one meter. It sinks faster than the Polaroiding Caddis and is a great edition to a team of nymphs when fishing from a boat. Bank anglers will find this a terrific fish catcher when using the dry / dropper technique as it gets "to depth" at a naturally fast rate.

The fly itself is very imitative and works well on spooky fish. A fly pattern for both mainland and Tasmanian waters, this is one of those flies you should always have with you. Barbless.

Sizes: 12

Order Code: COA975

Order Group: 16

 

Bassano's Claret Nymph

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Part of the Christopher Bassano Custom Selection. See Christoper's description below...

Claret has been my favourite colour for decades when mayflies are around. This nymph is my number one on Little Pine, Arthurs, Woods and Penstock. It needs to be fished very slowly or even static on a long leader. A slow figure of 8 retrieve is deadly. For me, this is a top dropper or point fly depending on the depth of water. Cast at a rising fish and given a "draw" past the fish, it is deadly. Be careful not to break fish off on the take as they can hit it very hard. I only ever fish this fly on a floating, intermediate or intermediate tip fly line. Barbless.

Sizes: 12, 14, 16

Order Code: COA950

Order Group: 16

 

Bassano's Claret Nymph - Black Tungsten Bead

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Part of the Christopher Bassano Custom Selection. See Christoper's description below...

The black tungsten beaded claret nymph is a point fly that I use in clear water or when the fish seem very fussy on bright days. It works very well using a slow figure of eight retrieve once left to sink to the desired depth (just above the weed!). It is also extremely effective fished static under a dry fly or indicator on Little Pine, Woods and Arthur's lakes.

Both the black and copper headed nymphs work very well on the rivers in smaller sizes such as 14 and 16. Either under a dry fly or in a team of nymphs fished upstream, they are deadly. If things are quiet, use the copper bead but if the water is low and clear late season, the black bead provides the subtlety you often need. Barbless.

Sizes: 14, 16

Order Code: COA948

Order Group: 16

 

Bassano's Claret Nymph - Copper Tungsten Bead

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Part of the Christopher Bassano Custom Selection. See Christoper's description below...

The copper tungsten beaded fly works best when there is a little colour in the water. Fished deep and slowly over weed beds, this fly also catches plenty of fish on the "hang" at the boat as it is drawn up and stopped. In a team of drab flies, this is often just what is needed to induce a take.

Both the black and copper headed nymphs work very well on the rivers in smaller sizes such as 14 and 16. Either under a dry fly or in a team of nymphs fished upstream, they are deadly. If things are quiet, use the copper bead but if the water is low and clear late season, the black bead provides the subtlety you often need. Barbless.

Sizes: 12, 14, 16

Order Code: COA949

Order Group: 16

 

Bassano's Polaroiding Stick Caddis

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Part of the Christopher Bassano Custom Selection. See Christoper's description below...

This fly was designed for sight fishing whether it be polaroiding or tailing fish. Almost every trout in Tasmania has a stick caddis in its stomach at all times. This fly sinks slowly which enables you to present the fly well ahead of a moving fish without spooking it. It was originally designed to be fished by itself on a leader of around twelve to fifteen feet. That is not to say it can’t be fished in a team of flies on the top dropper or in the middle. This fly works in every lake! Barbless.

Sizes: 14

Order Code: COA938

Order Group: 16

 

Bassano's Possum/Hare's Ear Nymph

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Part of the Christopher Bassano Custom Selection. See Christoper's description below...

This is a top dropper fly when fish are feeding on mayfly duns or nymphs. Wherever mayflies are present, this is a great fly. It sinks slowly and represents the lighter coloured nymph very well. This fly should be fished in a team as per the Claret Nymph and at least nine feet from the end of your fly line as the top dropper. Barbless.

Sizes: 14, 16

Order Code: COA947

Order Group: 16

 

Beck's Krystal Flash Nymph

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Part of the Bill Beck Custom Selection. See Bill's description below...

My best catcher of tailing fish but effective in any lake situation. Usually fished on short dropper under a Guide Tag. Use a floating fly line.

Sizes: 14

Order Code: COA930

Order Group: 12

 

Beck's Stick Caddis

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Part of the Bill Beck Custom Selection. See Bill's description below...

My best catcher of tailing fish but effective in any lake situation. Usually fished on short dropper under a Guide Tag. Use a floating fly line.

Sizes: 14

Order Code: COA936

Order Group: 12

 

Murrumbidgee Nymph

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Philip Weigall looks back on this effective nymph -

It was the late 1980s. My river nymph fishing success rate was taking off and I visited the Compleat Angler (then located in McKillop St, Melbourne) to stock up on some more patterns. Back then Rick Dobson worked behind the counter in the flyfishing area and he showed me some nymphs with a reddish-brown body and a prominent black wing-case. Rick explained that an obvious, even exaggerated wing-case was a powerful trigger for feeding trout, as it suggested the vulnerable pre-emergence stage in a mayfly’s lifecycle. 

Filled with the confidence that Rick had passed on so effectively, I headed to Jim Crow Creek to take the new nymphs for a swim. In a word, they were dynamite. In fact, they were so good that before long I was fishing nothing else – literally. Just a single nymph on a 10 or 12 foot leader, fished back a little faster than the current while I watched the fly line ‘bridge’ for any slight lifting. Over the next few months, trout in the Howqua, Delatite and St Georges rivers all fell to the nymph with no name, and by the dozen.   

As time went by I gradually returned to dry fly or streamer fishing when conditions demanded, but whenever a nymph was called for, the black and reddish brown one from the Compleat Angler was it. Then one day, I was down to just a couple of nymphs and I called into the store for a resupply. However to my alarm, there weren’t any left in stock and the new staff member couldn’t shed any light on the origin of the fly I was looking for. He showed me some other brown nymphs with similar specifications, but even to my slightly colour-challenged vision, none had quite the same look.

Then a short time later, I was sent some packets of dubbing to review by the late Mike Spry and one was labelled ‘Murrumbidgee Brown.’ To my relief, this dubbing looked identical to the reddish-brown of the Compleat Angler originals, a sole survivor of which I still had in my box. Copying this survivor, I was able to tie up some nymphs and at last I had a pattern to fish that largely matched the original – albeit a little rougher thanks to my very average tying skills. By now I had become more broad-minded about nymphs almost by necessity, but it was a relief to have a good supply of ‘old faithful’ once again. (When that single packet from Mike Spry ran out, some kind fly tying friends – most recently the late Muz Wilson – were able to keep me supplied with dubbing blends they copied from the original.)

At this stage I was calling the fly the ‘Murrumbidgee Brown Nymph’ by way of distinction from other brown nymphs, and the next memorable episode occurred not on a river, but a lake. I was fishing O’Neills Bay, Lake Eucumbene with friends Tony Wilson and Ian Taylor. It was March and although the lake was a good height and temperature and we were catching some great fishing before sunrise and after sunset on Craigs Nighttimes and Black Muddlers, the daytime pickings were slim. I don’t have the slightest idea why (Eucumbene is not renowned as a mayfly lake) but for some reason, on the second day I tied on single size 14 Murrumbidgee Brown Nymph and began to fish it very slowly through the shallow areas of the bay. In no time I had a pair of 3 pound browns. I raced around the point to call Ian and Tony over, then raced back to my spot. By the time my friends arrived breathlessly, I was into another brownie. In response to the obvious question I replied, “Size 14 brown nymph, fished slow.“

To cut a long story, I kept catching fish while Ian and Tony caught nothing. I swapped spots, watched their retrieves to make sure they were the same as mine… nothing. Finally, in desperation, I gave them each a Murrumbidgee Brown Nymph. The nymphs they had been using were similar, just a bit darker brown, so surely it couldn’t be the fly that was making the difference? But it was. Within a short time Ian and Tony each caught a couple of good trout on my nymphs before the bay finally went quiet.

As someone who usually rates presentation over fly selection, that episode at O’Neills Bay remains one of the most striking examples in my flyfishing life of how important an exact pattern can sometimes be. To this day, I don’t know why the Murrumbidgee Brown Nymph was so emphatically effective that day – what it imitated or suggested to the fish? But as you can imagine I’ve fished it many times on Eucumbene since, and often effectively. In fact the fly has drifted from a river favourite to a lake favourite. While it still works beautifully on streams, particularly meadow streams and spring creeks, it’s provided some memorable days on lakes like Fyans, Hepburn and Tullaroop. Back in February, the Murrumbidgee Brown Nymph saved me from a blank on Woods Lake in Tasmania. The lake was super clear and under blue skies with little ripple, no one seemed to be catching anything, yet ‘old faithful’ delivered.

If it isn’t obvious already, let me be clear that I don’t regard myself as the originator of the Murrumbidgee Brown Nymph. Over time I’ve tweaked the pattern a little that was shown to me all those years back (and that’s now been faithfully recreated by Fulling Mill) but largely I’ve just passed it on.

Sizes: 12

Order Code: COA970

Order Group: 12

 

Seal's Fur Nymph - Black

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The Seals Fur nymph is a great all-round pattern that has been a worldwide favoutire for decades. Effective in both rivers and lakes, this pattern is a must-have for every angler.

Sizes: 10, 12, 14, 16

Order Code: COA102

Order Group: 12

 

Seal's Fur Nymph - Brown

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The Seals Fur nymph is a great all-round pattern that has been a worldwide favoutire for decades. Effective in both rivers and lakes, this pattern is a must-have for every angler.

Sizes: 10, 16

Order Code: COA101

Order Group: 12

 

Seal's Fur Nymph - Olive

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The Seals Fur nymph is a great all-round pattern that has been a worldwide favoutire for decades. Effective in both rivers and lakes, this pattern is a must-have for every angler.

Sizes: 10, 12, 14, 16

Order Code: COA103

Order Group: 12

 

 

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