Gort's Dragon Nymph

May 2011

                               Fly Pattern: Gort's Dragon Nymph

              Tyer's Name: Al Lee
              Date: May 2, 2011

    Fly Originator and History: A John Gort original. 

                                       How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader:  Line: Intermediate to full sink lines. Al preferences 
    are: Rio's "CamoLux" intermediate sinking line, and Rio's full sink Density Compensated 
    Type 6 line.
    Leader: 12-15-inch fluorocarbon leader rated at 12-15 lb., with a small swivel 
    on the end of the leader. 
    Tippet: At the other end of the swivel, a 4-foot, 4X fluorocarbon tippet.
    Depth range: Use the 'count-down' method to find the right depth.
    Suggested retrieve: Use hand twist retrieve, pause, with an occasional short 
    quick strip.
    Comments: Dragon fly nymphs emerge by moving and crawling towards the shore. 
    They will then climb up weeds, trees, rocks, etc. Position your boat close to 
    the reed beds, and cast beyond the drop off. Fishing parallel to drop-offs or 
    shoals can be productive. Use the suggested retrieve method.
                                       Fly Material
    Hook size /length / make:  #6 200R TMC or equivalent (You can also tie it with 
    a #4 or a #8).
    Thread: size / color / type: Sheer 14/0 or Uni 6/0 olive.
    Weighted y/n / size: No, the fly is designed to float up.
    Tail material / size / color: SAAP body fur, dark olive or lime green.
    Body material / size/ color: SAAP body fur, dark olive or lime green.  
    Thorax size / color: Medium New Age Chenille, Lemon Lime, Amber, Brown, or 
    Legs / color:  Super Floss, pumpkin/black flake.               
    Eyes size / color: Monofilament barbell eyes, medium, black
    Wingcase material / color:  Swiss Straw, brown or green - wing pads only become 
    prominent in later molts (instars)

                                       Tying Steps
    1. Lay down a thread base from the eye to the bend.

    2. Tail. The tail, when trimmed, will extend about a hook gap's-length beyond 
    the end of the hook.  Separate  a small amount of body fur from the bundle and 
    tie it in along the top of the shank; from about a 1/16" behind the eye to 
    the bend.

    3. Body. Select a patch of body fur (string included). and tie in the string 
    from 1/16" behind the eye to the bend and back. Wrap the body fur forward about 
    2/3 of the length of the shank. As you wrap, stroke the fibers towards the back. 
    Secure the string, whip finish and cut off the thread. 

    4. Comb the fibers back, and then shape the body using scissors.  Also, trim 
    the tail, giving it a forked look. Refer to the photo (below) and above for 
    the proper body shape. Tie on the thread once the body is trimmed.

                                Gort's Dragon Nymph, Top View

    5. Wingcase.  The wingcase is about 1/4 the length of the shank. Double-up a 
    piece of Swiss straw, and tie it in just in front of the body (refer to the 
    picture above). 

    6. Eyes. Tie in the eyes about 1/16" behind the hook eye (against the starting 
    point of the thread base and body fur string). Use figure 8 wraps to secure the eyes.

    7. Legs. The legs are tied in on the sides of the shank. Tie in the (two) legs 
    half way between the eyes and the body.

    8. Thorax. Tie in the chenille on the underside of the hook, between the legs. 
    Bring the thread forward. Wrap the chenille forward filling the areas around the
    legs and eyes. 

    9.  Tie off the chenille, then give the thread a few final wraps in front of 
    the mono eyes.

    10. Secure the thread with a couple of half hitches, and glue. 

		Rick Shadforth 05/16/11