"D's Glory"
Text and Flies from David Salamone
Photos by Jim Birkholm


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D's Glory

The nymph tends to "swim" through the water upside down due to the beadhead, so maybe the rainbows figure the legs are not legs but wings. Who knows? All I know is that D's glory in bright yellow does consistently catch fish. The black version is new.~DS

Materials List:

Hook: Mustad 3906, #12.

Thread:  Chartreuse 6/0 for yellow, black for black nymph.

Head:  Brass beadhead of proper hook size.

Tails:  Three dark brown goose biots.

Body:  Yellow Nylon Stretch 1X, black floss for black nymph.

Ribbing:  Fine gold wire or gold oval tinsel.

Collar:  Two Peacock herls for #12, 5 for larger nymphs.

Legs:  Lemon or partridge fibers, black fibers for black nymph.

Tying Instructions:


1. Squeeze the barb of the hook flat with pliers, being careful not to damage the point of your hook.

2. Mount brass beadhead by inserting hook point into small hole and place bead right up against the rear of hook eye.

3. Start a normal wet fly wrap around shank, stopping in mid-shank.

4. Glue the center biot on top of hook shank before tying in the two side tails. Tie in the biots by wrapping with several turns to hold them in place on each side of shank, but first apply some cement to help hold them in place. I start with the farthest side of the shank first, then tie in third biot on my side of vise, trimming the ends and cementing them in place for strength. Tip:You will note that when you remove a biot from the quill it will tend to curve out in one direction or the other. This curve should face to the outside of the nymph so a "fanned" effect results. The tails shoud spread out from each other.

5. Wrap your thread to rear of shank and tie in gold ribbing, enough to form four or five segments.

6. Wrap thread forward, leaving enough room in back of beadhead for your herl collar material and legs, then wrap back and forth over existing thread to form a built up base for thorax. Continue back to tail with thread.

7. Tie in a length of Nylon Stretch 1X floss; wrap it in a firm manner to and over thorax and back to tail. Add another length of floss, wrapping it over the first, stopping in front of thorax, then build up thorax with a few more wraps of floss until you have a nicely shaped nymph body. Tie it off. Remember that we need the space in front of thorax for our herl collar. Tie off nylon with three or four wraps of thread.

8. Wrap your ribbing material over body material to form four or five segments. In front of thorax, take two turns with ribbing around ahank; tie in end of ribbing material. Trim off excess.

9. Take two peacock herls approximately 5 inches long and secure them in between the beadhead and front of thorax. You can insert the ends into the beadhead and then tie them in. Hold herls together between your fingers, stretching them out straight making sure that they atch in length; if not, cut them with your scissors so they are the same lengths. If you do not do this at this point, once you wrap them in to their ends, one or more may spinn off and unwind. The larger nymphs will need five to six herls to create the right sized collar.

10. Wrap herls together clockwise around shank starting in front of thorax and ending behind beadhead. Tip:In order to strengthen the herl wrapping FAOL friends advised me to wrap the herl around fine copper wire. Do what you feel is best, but after several strikes the herl on one or two nymphs had a tendency to loosen even when well cemented in place, so this may be a good solution to that problem.

11. After wrapping the herls around the shank with six or eight turns, tie them off.

12. Turn your vise upside down. Gather nine to ten lemon duck hackle fibers, (black for the black nymph version,) that will extend beyond the point of your hook and tie them in between the back of your beadhead and in front of herl collar - do not trim ends of legs.

13. Cement behind head by letting cement flow down into the thread, but not over herls or onto legs. Let dry. Half-hitch or whip finish the fly and go fishing. Then, E-mail me and tell me about your story of glory. Catch you on the fly! ~ Dave Salamone

Black Version of D's Glory

Fishing the Fly

This portion is simple: fish the fly as any nymph pattern, casting upstream, drifting down to where you believe your trout sits at her or his breakfast nook or dinner table. But watch out! When you least expect it, on the final leg of its journey, when you line begins to turn in the current and you relax, if you just happen to let your thoughts wander off a little too far, you might hear a splash, and ping and lose the biggest rainbow you have ever seen. You know, the one that "got away."~DS


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