Lew Oatman is the inventor of the Montana Nymph. The fly works as an imitation of the stonefly nymph and an attractor fly. Over the years, it has been tied in several different color variations. The fly is simple to tie, and now we will tie an upgraded attraction version – the Pink Rubber Legs Montana Nymph.
Materials for Pink Rubber Legs Montana Nymph
|Legs:||Loco Legs||Bonefish Pink|
|Thorax:||Ice Dub||FL Hot Pink|
Video Instructions on How to Tie a Pink Rubber Legs Montana NymphVideo coming soon.
Slideshow on How To Tie a Pink Rubber Legs Montana Nymph
Step 1 – Tie In the Tail and Make the Body
If you want a heavier fly, you should start by adding some lead to the hook shank. We are making a few wraps with the lead wire on this fly before we tie in the tying thread. Start wrapping at the midpoint of the hook, towards the hook’s eye. Stop when you have about 1.5 to 2x the eye length left. Tie in your tying thread and secure the lead wire.
Make even tread wraps until you reach the hook’s bend. Tie in a few fibers of soft hackle fibers. Snip the excess off, so they make a smooth transition to the lead. Tie in the Micro Chenille. Also, cut the excess off so it tapers the body of the nymph. Take your tying thread to the point where you have covered 3/5 of the hook shank. Build up the body by wrapping the Micro Chenille around the hook shank. Tie off and snip off any excess.
Step 2 – Make the Wingcase and Thorax
Tie in a loop of Micro Chenille on top of the hook shank for the wingcase. Continue by tying in two pairs of rubber legs on each side of the hook. Tie the hind legs close to the body and the wingcase, while the front legs should be close to the hook’s eye. Remember to save some space to tie off the chenille and make the head.
Make a dubbing noodle and build up the thorax. Fold the chenille loop over the thorax to make the wingcase and tie it off in front of the front legs. Build up a small head, secure your tying thread with a whip finish or a few half-hitches and some varnish.
Trim the legs to the desired length. I often let the hindlegs have the same length as the tail when I fold them back, while the front legs are just reaching to the end of the body when folded back.
How to Fish the Pink Rubber Legs Montana Nymph
While the original Montana Nymph is a good imitation of the stonefly nymph, the Pink Rubber Legs Montana Nymph is more of an attractor fly. The fly can be used when searching for fish blind casting. Use it independently or let it be a part of a tandem rig.