The motivation of my ideal Cape Streams nymph came from Gordon van der Spuy. I have modified some aspects of the fly and I have found it to be very effective on the streams around the Cape.

The fly is a very productive fly to use in our rivers, either under a dry or by euro nymphing the fly. When using the fly under a dry fly I like to tie it on a regular dry fly hook, such as the Hanak H130BL, paired with a copper 2 or 2.5 ml tungsten bead. The method of euro-nymphing this fly also works fairly well,  but here I like to tie it on a jig hook of size 16 or 18, paired with a 3ml tungsten copper bead.

The colour of the fly with the peacock dub and copper bead I found works the best. I usually use red 14/0 thread, I feel that red thread gives a hotspot but not too flashy of a hotspot to spook the trout in a run.  For a more natural fly,  brown or black thread can be used.

For the tail I use Coq De Leon fibres, I use around 4 of these fibres. I like CDL because the feather fibres have a very nice tail barring. This barring works very well with the body material which I use pheasant tail or stripped peacock herl,  I have found that the fish don’t care whether you use pheasant tail or stripped peavcock herl.

This fly is very versatile and you can change aspects of the fly and experiment with different bead colours and sizes. Now how to tie it!


Hook: Size 16-18 dry fly hook ( I like using the Hanak h130bl)

Bead: 2-2.5 ml copper bead

Thread: 14/0 red griffiths sheer

Tail: Coq de Leon

Body: Pheasant tail or stripped peacock herl (it’s your choice)

Dubbing:  Ice peacock dub

Collar: Natural CDC


Step 1: Secure the bead to the hook with the thread and wrap the thread to the bend of the hook.


Step 2: Tie in 4 fibres of Coq de Leon and snip of the excess fibres


Step 3: Tie in the pheasant tail or stripped peacock herl (leaving a tiny red thread hotspot) and wrap in touching wraps to the bead and tie off.


Step 4: Add a thin noodle of peacock ice dubbing next to the bead.


Step 5: Split thread a tiny bit of natural cdc in behind the dubbing- remember less is more.


Step 6: Whip finish and cut the thread, by doing this you are addiong the red  hotspot.

I would definitely add a few rows of this fly to my nymph box and experiment with different colour variations.

Tight lines!




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