Reece’s Fusion Nymph

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Photo Bob Reece

Photo Bob Reece

Bob Reece

Wire body nymphs sink quickly but their rigid structure produces no added movement.

Dubbed nymph bodies provide excellent movement but do not sink quickly and lack durability. Reece’s Fusion nymph combines these elements, allowing it to sink quickly, display enhanced movement and sport excellent durability.

2016-04-03-20.18.13Versatility of application and ease of creation are appealing payoffs for the investment of time at the vise.  The process and materials used to create this pattern, check both of the above mentioned boxes.  With the variety of available colors of Ultra Wire, Ostrich Herl and Ice Dub, the color combinations for this fly are nearly endless.  The size range is also highly flexible.  By adjusting the wire diameter and portion of the herl used, this nymph can be tied from a size twenty up to a size six.  A size twenty, for example, would be tied using extra small Ultra Wire and the fine tip portion of the herl.  Conversely, a size six would incorporate large Ultra Wire and the widest portion of the herl, found from mid stem down to the base.  The optional inclusion of various sizes of MFC Sexi-Floss for rubber legs, can be used to increase the already present element of movement.  Over the past three years this pattern in its plethora of sizes and color combinations has brought fish to net on numerous still waters, freestones and even the highly pressured tailwaters of Cheesman canyon, Gray’s Reef and the Miracle mile.  Its applications are not limited to trout.  It has proved itself as an effective pattern for other species ranging from grayling to pan fish.

With regard to process, the simplicity of this patterns makes for an easy creation for tiers at all skill levels.  Its fundamental steps of construction are frequently used in the creation of other patterns and should become part of the repertoire of any aspiring tiers.  Due to the small number of steps, the overall time for creation is minimal.  This serves as another benefit in a world of constant busyness and demands for our free time.

There are several rigging options for this pattern depending on the type of water that is being fished. 

20160416_194945When using the Fusion on still waters, I rig it as the bottom fly on a suspended nymph rig under an indicator.  This same set up is also applicable on moving water.  Additionally the Fusion nymph makes for a great dropper in the widely used dry dropper rigging.  It’s important to note that the high density of its construction requires a large foam terrestrial to float it in its larger sizes.  If used as a dropper below a traditional dry fly, the Fusion nymph size should fall into the sixteen to twenty range.   Moving beyond more traditional setups, this patterns serves as a solid foundation at the bottom of a tight line rig.  In an even more atypical setup, I’ve had great success trailing this bug two feet behind a small streamer pattern in clear water conditions.

Watch this video and learn to tie Reece’s Fusion Nymph


If you buy and don’t tie, purchase your Reece’s Fusion nymphs at the link below.

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For how to tying videos, rigging tips, custom ties and more check out the link below.

Bob Reece
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4 thoughts on “Reece’s Fusion Nymph

  1. I have been doing a couple of things that are very similar to this idea. One is that I make a dubbing loop of fine wire and touch dub one half with finely chopped antron yarn or use peacock herl or ostrich as used in this pattern but twisted into the loop.

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