Weekly Fly Tying Video: Jig-Style Pink Amex Czech Nymph

Weekly Fly Tying Video: Jig-Style Pink Amex Czech Nymph

The pink AMEX is one of the most popular nymph patterns in winter and early spring on the Missouri River, and a good bet on any tailwater stream. It suggests both eggs and dead/dying scuds, and as such is a good “junk bug” attractor pattern on tailwaters.

While normally tied on a scud hook, I prefer to tie larger versions (#12-14) on jig hooks with tungsten beads, to cut down on hangups.

It’s also worth checking out the “Rainbow Czech,” which is generally similar except with the dubbing colors reversed and a full scud-style shellback. Both patterns bear some similarity to the Pink Squirrel nymph popular in the Driftless region of the upper Midwest.

Full recipe at Walter’s blog at https://fishstories.ycflyfishing.com/

Hook: Lightning Strike Jig, #12-18, or #10-16 Umpqua C450BL (note: the Lightning Strikes tend to run a touch big).

Bead: Nickel slotted tungsten, 5/32″ to 3/32″

Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 fl. fire orange.

Rib: Black Hareline Midge or Micro tubing. Here a sub for the midge tubing called Crystal String is used.

Abdomen: Bighorn pink Wapsi sow-scud dubbing, or comparable dubbing blend.

Wing Case: Large or medium opal tinsel depending on fly size.

Thorax: Rainbow Wapsi sow-scud dubbing.

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