Delektable Spanker Nymph: Introduction
Dan Delekta’s Lil Spanker and Big Spanker are red hot “guide flies” in southwest Montana. In essence, the Delektable Spanker Nymph series consists of Pheasant Tail and Lightning Bug variations tied with long flash legs and CDC collars. This particular color variant tied jig-style was my top-producing nymph on guided trips on the Yellowstone and Stillwater Rivers from the middle of August through about September 20 during the 2020 season. To learn more about Dan Delekta’s flies, visit this page and peruse his catalog.
I am now accepting bookings for the 2021 season. In fact I am already about 1/3 booked during the month of July, so if you’re looking to book a guided trip, it makes sense to get on the phone soon.
Delektable Spanker Nymph: Recipe
Hook: 60-degree barbless standard jig, #12-18.
Bead: Slotted tungsten, here gold.
Thread: 8/0 To match or slightly contrast with body, here 8/0 light brown.
Tail: Speckled game bird or hackle, here medium pardo cod-de-leon.
Abdomen: Pheasant Tail fibers, Flashabou, or tinsel. Here holographic gold Flashabou.
Rib: Copper wire, here brown in Brassies size.
Wing Case: Tinsel, here medium opal Mirage.
Thorax: Peacock herl or flashy dubbing, here brown stone SLF dub.
Legs: Krystal Flash or Midge Krystal Flash, here tan Midge Krystal Flash.
Collar: CDC, here brown.