MP's "Tucker Nymph"
Tucker Nymph, size #10 above, #18 below
The Tucker Nymph has already reached "infamous"
status; folks I've never known are searching high and low for the
pattern. No delay, this MP original pattern is now available to
The Tucker Nymph is kinda like a soft-hackle BH
Goldrib Hare's Ear. I would NOT be surprised to find out that this
pattern, when dubbed with rabbit fur or other, has a different name.
This pattern is my STANDARD go-to fly for inland trout. I tied up
some as size #10 and on it's first outting whacked a Jack Chinook.
Add on a few steelies, Kamloops on the North Shore, and MANY MANY
testimonials from folks who've tried it, including Chromeseeker
who fished it side by side with a Hare's Ear Nymph - the Tucker
took 60% of the fish, regardless if it was the lead or dropper fly.
Pretty much this is a pattern you need to have in your box.
I generally fish this a few different ways. First,
it is deadly on a drift with the occasional twitch. I low clear
water a dead drift is usually most appropriate. In murky water a
swing with occasional twitches usually does the trick. Fast Water
I've even skittered it across the surface and taken fish. When fish
are rising sporadically, I can sometimes nail them by casting the
fly directly into the riseform for a pounding surface strike that
occurs instantly. Sometimes in still water PLUNKING the nymph down
with a hard splash draws the attention of fish...and induces a strike.
The original pattern is as follows:
Hook - Daiichi 1270 (3x long, curved shank, straight eye), usually
size 16 or 18.
Tail - Partridge, stripped from the quill of a back or rump feather.
Usually 10-15 barbs, tied about the 3/4 the length of the hook shank.
Rib - Oval Fine Gold Tinsel - on smaller flies, 4-5 turns from
tail to head.
Body - Dubbed underfur with occasional guard hairs from my cat
(Tucker). It's basically a gray fur that dubs well (my cat is actually
a brown/black combination...kinda like a Maine-Coon). Bags of Tucker
Dubbing are available for $1.5 million :) The cat is NOT for sale.
I swear this what makes this such an effective pattern; I can fish
a Hare's Ear right along side a Tucker Nymph; I'll get 2-3X more
takes on the Tucker. Something about that Cat Fur...it must smell
appealing or something.
Hackle - Patridge, small feather from the neck / shoulders. Once
hackled, feather barbs should extend to just before the bend of
the hook when compressed towards the back.
Head - Gold Bead Head, appropriate size.
There is also a "Tungsten Tucker"; simply replace the
Gold Bead Head with a Black Tungsten Bead (so you can easily tell
them apart from the lighter "Tucker Nymph"). Furthermore,
there is a "Copper Tucker"; replace the gold bead with
copper and the oval tinsel with copper ultra wire.