Saturday, February 25, 2012

And to think I almost sold that Tom Nixon Fly Fishing and Fly Tying for Bass and Panfish

Up until about 5 years or so ago, I was tying some nymphs from Tom Nixon's Fly Fishing and Fly Tying for Bass and Panfish.  Well, thinking I was done with this book and putting fly recipes and what-not into my mental files, I was thinking of passing the book on.

Well, I need it.   I forgot how to tie the Jeremiah Nymph One pattern.  I had changed it up a bit but can't remember how.  Although, I will be tying it in yellow.

Most importantly of all - the reason why I need this book - is that I was going to use it to help promote warm water fly fishing.  Initially, I was doing just that thing.  And if you notice, there are several Tom Nixon fly patterns spattered throughout the blog.  I may have posted the Montana Nymph and named it the Colorado Nymph but it is also a killer.  I'm not sure if it's a Tom Nixon original but it's close to the Bitch Creek Nymph.

Perhaps this is wrong of me but I am going to post a picture of this pattern.  A special pic.  The picture in the book is a bit grainy and I've tried my phone and the ipad and this is the best photo I can take.  The Jeremiah Nymph One is the smallest fly in the middle on the bottom row.  I'll tie one up soon and post it.

Jeremiah Nymph One

Body - Back half, stripped quill from eye of peacock feather. Front half back yarn. (chenille) Tie on a bunch of gray mallard side feather fibers at the end of the quill body and when the front part of the body and the hackle are complete, tie them off at the eye to form a gray thorax.
Hackle - Black wound palmer on front half only.
Head - Black
Hook - 10, 12, 14, 4XL, T.D.E.

I would like to thank Mark Delaney and the others from the Warmwater Group that is no longer on Yahoo because I think Yahoo Groups may be gone.  The group was moved to an independant site.  Mark knew Tom Nixon and was in the same fly fishing club at Lake Charles.  He began the first Memorial Tom Nixon fly swap which I participated in as well as the second and possibly third memorial swaps.  I was into warm water fly fishing but it was Mark Delaney and a few others in that group that introduced me to Tom Nixon.  His book is awesome because it is very in-depth and simple to follow.  Don't get me wrong, Whitlock and some other folks have helped to progress warm water fly fishing but Tom Nixon is one of the earlier pioneers - especially utilizing a book and originating the Calcasieu Pigboat, .56%er and others.

Here are a few links to Tom Nixon Memorial Fly Swaps.

Looking at the last swap, I tied the California Coachman which is a great fly for bluegills!!!  I think Mark Delaney has hosted several other Tom Nixon fly swaps on other forums.  A third edition came out and was promoted by Tom but not really carried by a big publisher - I think.  The third edition is for sale on ebay by his Tom jr.  Years ago, after finding this book at the library, I bought the 2nd edition on ebay.  I think it's an amazing book.

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