Crocheted Montana Nymphs
I've done some crocheting ........... although the easiest possible way with only one-colored antron yarn. If you find them worth a closer look just click on them to enlarge. (They are scanned if you find them a bit "tousy").
Ingredients (the flies above)
Hook : Usually one use Mustad 80050BR, 80000BR, 80400 or 9672. I have found that curved hooks for the Montana Nymph look and catch fish better. In the examples above I have bent standard Mustad Salmon hooks 80500BL #8, #10 and #12 slightly, .... "you take what you have" as Kajsa Warg said a Swedish cook born 1703 ;-) One can also use the Partridge GRS 12ST, Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, Partridge Oliver Edward K14ST .... or similar.
Hook size : #4-16
Weight : not lead, use instead brass wire (optional)
Thread : black
Tail : black fox hair or black trout zonker or black antron yarn or ......
Lower part of the body : black fox dubbing or black poly yarn or whatever black dubbing you have
Body : crocheted black antron yarn (That's important, don't try with other yarn !)*
Thorax : fox dubbing or chenille or antron or what you prefer
Ribbing/legs : black short hackle palmered over thorax
Wingcase : the 2 strands of left black antron yarn. Tie down forward over top of thorax
Crocheting : description
* Here some nice substitutes for the Antron Yarn. For small hooks/flies you must divide the antron yarn
so that you get fever strands. It could be tricky to divide the antron yarn with help of f ex a toothbrush
or a comb. Instead you could use strands of Floss made of rayon or nylon. It is also possible to crochet bunches of
One way to make the crocheting easier and get nice three-dimensional colour effect is to use f ex flashabou, lureflash, angel hair or holographic dubbing for the lower part of the body. Here the recipe for a Gold Montana Nymph
There is of course a Torill Kolbu origin recipe for the Crocheted Montana Nymph. You will find it in the Swedish Fishing Magazine Fiskejournalen (nr 2. 2001)
Good Luck with Montana nymph crocheting ! ..... and I would gladly receive samples of your own crocheting efforts