Fly Tying The Yellow Teal Nymph
Description of the Fly
The yellow teal nymph is a wet fly designed for panfish. The one described in this article is tied on a 2x nymph hook on size 10. This is an easy, straight forward tie. The tip of an yellow teal feather makes the fly's tail. Yellow floss and brass/gold wire are tied above the tail and wrapped forward with the wire making external ribbing. Both are tied about 4/5s of the way up the hook shank. From there, another segment of the yellow teal feather is tied and laid back on the fly almost to the hook bend. Finally, a pheasant saddle feather is tied as a collar back to almost the hook bend as well. Thread wraps make the head of the fly and the fly head is lacquered.
Origin of the Fly
I do not know the original tier who developed this fly. I did get the pattern off Ward Bean's Warmwater Fly Tyer. http://www.warmwaterflytyer.com/patterns4.asp The original pattern had an orange hackle feather for the collar. I initially tied the fly this way and fished with it, but found it more productive with brown collar - at least fishing with bluegills. The original also had fairly fine orange dubbing for the body. The dubbing did not look overly "buggy", so I have always tied it with floss to bring out the gold ribbing more.
Fishing the Yellow Teal Nymph
This is an unweighted fly, but because it has wire ribbing, it does have some weight to it. Some wet flies will momentarily float for a while before sinking. While having a slow sink rate, this one sinks immediately following the cast. Nothing fancy with fishing this fly. I do the traditional strip, strip, pause with usually getting a strike during the pause. I've had better success with this fly in clear water and under direct sunlight. This fly is not a staple in my fly box, but I tend to take it along while fishing lakes in the spring here in Florida. During the spring, lake levels are at their lowest, water the clearest, and the fish their most aggressive. I did have a good spec run with it one spring day, but generally it is a bluegill attracting fly.