Teeny Nymph

Developed by top American fly fisher Jim Teeny, the Teeny Nymph is a simple but deadly pattern. It is tied in a wide range of sizes and colors and is effective for most species of game fish. The body material is comprised of cock pheasant tail fibers, either plain brown or dyed a range of colors, such as black, purple, pink, orange, and olive. The Teeny Nymph is quick and easy to tie so is a great pattern for fishing rocky ground where flies are all too readily snagged and lost. Without fearing the loss of an expensive fly, the angler can confidently work even the toughest fish-holding areas, where the bigger fish lie.


Cock pheasant tail fibers


Brown or to match body color

Pheasant Tail Wet



Cock pheasant tail fibers the same color as the body

Size 2-12 heavyweight wet fly hook



Tying Teeny Nymph

IWith the hook fixed in the vise, run the tying thread on at the eye and carry it down the shank and slightly around the bend. Take 10 or more cock pheasant tail fibers and catch them in by their butts.

2 Wind the thread halfway down the shank and apply a drop of clear lacquer. Leave until tacky. Wind the pheasant tail fibers along the hook so that they also cover half the shank length.

Teeny Nymph Fly

3 Make sure that the fibers lie flat and are not twisted, then secure the tips with tight thread wraps.

4 Fold the tips of the fibers back and beneath the hook so that they form a hackle. Secure them in place with turns of tying thread.

5 Take a second bunch of pheasant tail fibers, this one slightly longer than the first. Catch it in just in front of the rear body section. Apply another drop of lacquer to the thread used to catch in the fibers.

6 Wind the fibers up to the eye and secure with thread. Fold back and beneath the hook as with the previous bunch to form another hackle. Cast off the thread.

Brown trout

Cutthroat ss

Rainbow trout

Red Fox Squirrel Nymph

Dave Whitlock developed this fine general nymph pattern. It uses the various colors and textures of hair on the red fox squirrel for almost every part of its construction. It is a robust and easy-to-tie pattern, the only possible problem coming from dubbing the stiff guard hairs used for the thorax. To solve this, once the hairs have been removed from the skin they should be rubbed around in the palm of the hand to mix the direction in which they lie. This helps produce a more homogenous dubbing where the softer underfur holds the spiky guard hairs in place. Also, using plenty of wax on the tying thread will help the hair to stick.


Red fox squirrel belly fur


Red fox squirrel back hairs, plus a length of pearl Lurex

Red Fox Nymph


Red fox squirrel back hairs


Lead wire


Size 2-18 2X-3X longshank



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  • richard
    How to fish with Teeny Nymph fly line?
    9 years ago
    How jim teeny fishes his nymph flies?
    4 years ago

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