This is an adaptation of the late Ernest Herbert “Polly ”Rosborough's Black Drake Swimmer Nymph/Emerger pattern. I tie this pattern in the following colors, black (as shown), olive and dark brown.
The black pattern in sizes 14 and 16 has been the most successful pattern for me.
Swimmer nymphs are best suited for ponds, lakes, and to the slower flows of spring creeks and tail-waters. I purchased the pattern from Dan Baileys Fly Shop in Livingston MT back in the mid 1970s.
Black Drake Swimming Nymph
Tied By: Larry O Jurgens
Hook: TMC 200 or 2312
Size: 12 ~ 22
Thread: Black 8/0 UNI-Thread or UTC 70
Optional Underbody: .010” or .015” Lead or Non-Lead Wire
Tail: Natural Mallard Flank Fibers
Abdomen & Thorax: Dark Gray Dubbing or Wool Yarn
Wing: Black Marabou Fibers or Ostrich Herl
Optional Legs: Natural Mallard Flank Fibers
Head: Tying Thread
Optional: Black Hard Head Cement and Super Glue
For tying instructions email me.