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Pattern Halfback Nymph
Halfback Nymph
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Category Nymphs
Entered Wed, 29 Sep 2004
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Hook: TMC 5262 #4-12 Thread: 70 Denier, black Weight: Lead wire, sized to hook. Tail: Natural Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers Backstrap: Natural Ringneck Pheasant Tail Fibers Rib: Small Copper Wire Abdomen: Peacock Herl Body Hackle: Brown Rooster Saddle, look for something that is relatively soft, but still long enough to palmer over the body. On smaller flies you can even get away with a good quality hen neck. Thorax Hackle: Same as body hackle. Thorax: Peacock Herl
Pattern Description
The Halfback is an old pattern popular throughout Colorado and Wyoming. It is one of the best stonefly nymph imitations Ive ever come across and even crosses over for still water use as a dragon fly nymph. I used to get orders for hundreds of these back when I was a kid. Guys used to order Halfbacks, Hornbergs and Platte River Special by the dozens in preparation for their yearly excursion to Wyoming's Miracle Mile. They must have worked well as they'd all be back with their friends ordering more upon their return. I learned to both love and hate this fly over the years. I mean, how many can you tie before you've just had enough? It seems as though this pattern has fallen out of favor in the past few years but it is indeed a great pattern to this day. It works amazingly well on our freestone streams like the Colorado River and Roaring Fork as well as the Poudre. This is really a simple pattern and a great, quick alternative stonefly nymph that doesn't require ten materials. Tie a few up and see if you're not taken back to the good old days.