Umpqua Skinny Nelson - 12 Pack

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Tracy developed this pattern as a combination Baetis nymph/Midge larva on the Bighorn. This was during several years of very low flows which saw an increase in the duration of midge hatches and the demise of certain mayflies like PMDs and Tricos. It was initially unweighted for the reduced water volumes during these drought summers. And boy, did it catch trout, lots and lots of them. As its effectiveness became known, Tracy, as a commercial tier, filled local orders for 250-350 dozen for the Bighorn alone. Thin and sparsely tied…ribbed with gold tinsel…the magic of peacock…thin flashabou wingcase. Baetis? Midge? We feel, that like other great all-around nymphs such as the Pheasant Tail and Mercer's Micro Mayfly, the Skinny Nelson is simply highly effective trout food, a fish's slice of pizza. When Tracy began guiding out of Livingston, the fly tagged along and proved itself on the area rivers such as the Yellowstone, the spring creeks, and the Madison. Back home in Oregon it has scored on the Deschutes, Metolius and Crooked Rivers.