Fly Tying Patterns
The Montana Nymph
The number of variations of this fly is so great that the original has been lost. At least to the writers of the books I have. What I do know is the Montana Nymph was invented to fish the Big Hole River in Montana as an imitation of the black stone fly, sometimes known as a Salmon Fly. These flies are huge! I have never seen them hatch in any numbers but when I saw an adult I ducked! We do get stonefly in the UK but not in anything like the numbers the American angler does.
The Montana Nymph is usually fished on still waters in the UK where it represents nothing specifically. However it is a very successful fly so it must work as a lure / attractor pattern. In olive it is a good damsel nymph imitation.
The Montana Nymph is a very successful pattern at Logie.
This Montana is tied using chenille. It is tied on a size 18 hook.
This Montana is tied using dubbing in place of the chenille. It shows another variation of the idea. It is tied on a size 18 hook.
Lets get tying then.
This is the standard black Montana using a soft tail of Arctic Fox, but you can use marabou.
Start the thread and run down to the start of the bend. Notice how far down the hook shank I have started the thread. The start point is the marker of the end of the body and start of the thorax.
Tie in the tail material. Get it tied down nice and tight and trim any off that extends forward beyond the point you started the thread.
You may find that there are all sorts of lumps and bumps in the under body you are creating. Smooth these out. I use a spot of dubbing where needed then bind over the top to get a level under body.Tie in any flash you would like in the tail.
Before you tie in the chenille strip the flue away from the core to help get a flatter tie in.
Tie in the core of the chenille and wind the body to the starting point of the thread. Take a couple of turns of thread over the chenille. Then take the other end of the chenille and tie it to the top of the hook shank going forward. (Stop short of the eye). This should create a loop of chenille above the hook shank.
Select a hackle. Colour is up to you. For the original it is a dyed black hackle. Tie that and the yellow (?) chenille in.
Wind the thorax. The hardest thing here is not to crowd the eye.
Wind the hackle over the thorax. Nice open turns only 2 or three turns.
Trim out the top of the hackle. Then pull the loop of chenille forward to form the thorax cover. Tie down.
Trim out the thorax cover close to the tie in and form a head, Whip finish.
Quite a handsome fly even if I say so myself.
As far as I have been able to discover one of these two is the original but I do not know which.