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What Midges Or Nymphs For The Niangia?


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This one will consistently take everything that swims in the Niangua (and elsewhere) depending on HOW you fish it.

And it's ultra-simple.

Mohair Leech

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Mus. 9672 #12-10

1/8 gold bead

7 turns .020 lead wire (pushed up into bead)

Tail: barred chickabou feather

Body: mohair yarn (twisted around tying thread and wrapped forward)

Midges aren't much of a producer on the Ni (for Me), but just about any #14 nymph stands a chance.

Actually if you just fish that leech 'like you would a nymph' you'll probably do just as well.

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thanks for the quick replies!bass, does that have any particular dubbing under the copper wrap?do you catch other species besides trout on it?

wrench, i had seen that one or one similiar to it on this site but haven't acquired the material yet.yours has different colors i like.when u say fish it like a nymph, do you mean close to the bottom,swimming slowly, or????

i'm tying up more buggers now.i tie in dumbell eyes on some on the bottom and swim/bump them along like jig fishing for bass.

i really appreciate the info, suggestions,material lists and pic's!!!!

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wrench, i had seen that one or one similiar to it on this site but haven't acquired the material yet.yours has different colors i like.when u say fish it like a nymph, do you mean close to the bottom,swimming slowly, or????

For Trout: I'll start by dead drifting it (tight line/no bobber), then as it gets below me I'll coax it into a slow swing by feeding a lillte line into the drift, and sometimes they like a few twitches thrown in.

Once it is straight below you let it hang in the current for a bit because often a hesitant follower will jump on it then. Depending on the current you may need a split shot above the fly.

Smallies: Dead drift it down along boulder banks or let it swing into undercuts or downed trees and then strip it briskly away from snags at the last second. They'll hammer it.

Goggle eye: Cast it around wood cover or weeds in slow water, let it sink a bit, then start a slow figure-8 retrieve with your rod tip low. Watch/feel for slight "ticks" like a crappie bite.

What I think makes it better than a WB is it has less water resistance, stays deeper easier, and when wet it just looks slimey and delicious.

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Hey wrench, is that mohair yarn a craft store item or do you get it from a fly shop? I like the looks of that!

No it is a Wapsi item.

The craft/sewing store yarn has a white core string and it just doesn't work right. I've tried to find the good stuff in bulk but it is impossible to find. Wapsi has it on cards though, and it's priced reasonably enough.

Here's an embarrassing little vid I made awhile back that will at least help you make your first batch of them alot better

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