European Fly Fishing Association

Olive Nymph

Michael Salzer

Tying instructions


Raise the bead and lay a basic winding over the entire hook shank. Spread a few drops of glue on the hook leg and quickly wrap the lead wire up to the bead to the height of the hook tip.


Tie in some fibers of a hunting pheasant tail feather as tail. Tie the fibers down to the lead winding and let the overhang stand. Double the green flat tinsel and tie it in so that a loop is created. Secure the lead wire additionally with cross windings.


Apply some greenish/black natural hair dubbing.


Dub body part 1 up to the lead winding. Bring the binding thread in front of the feather fibres. Wind on the dubbing for body part 2.


Dub body part 2 until shortly before the bead. Fold the featherfibers forward and secure them with 2 loose turns, but do not cut them off.


Pick up flat tinsel with a clamp, twist and rip the body tight. Set flat tinsel and cut off. Fold the featherfibers back again and secure them with tight windings. Add a drop of varnish.


Apply some greenish/black natural hair dubbing.


Dub the body part 3. Make a final knot and cut the thread. After approx. 5mm cut off the fibres that look back. Varnish the final knot and the fibres.


Tying thread: 6/0, olive
Hook: Nymph hook, curved, #10 - 16
Head: Glass bead - Amber
Underbody: Lead wire 0,25
Tail: Fibres of a hunting pheasant tail feather
Rib: Flat tinsel - light green
Body part 1 & 3: greenish/black natural hair dubbing
Body part 2: Mix of natural hair and feather fibre, greenish

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