If some clown comes up to you and says “listen, I´ve got this fly pattern that never fails” you should treat him with distrust. I was going to say “contempt” but that´s a bit strong. After all, the guy may be well-meaning although a bit weak in the head.

Let´s face it, anything he says should be taken with a pinch of salt. In fact you are probably better putting some distance between the two of you. He may be a decent enough chap and his intentions may be good but, fundamentally, he is not to be trusted. You probably know all this already.

Now, as it happens, I have this terrific new fly which never fails. I have christened it the Río Grande nymph. It is not named after the famous river which is born in Colorado and makes up at least a portion of the US Mexico border before spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, but my own “local” Río Grande here in Andaluciá. Frankly this river, the major tributary of the Guadalhorce, is pretty flattered by the name “Grande” given that you can almost jump across it in places and it dries most summers but for a few isolated pools where the fish sulk throughout the worse of the heat.

I tied up a few little nymphs yesterday afternoon and thought I would give them a swim in the Río Grande. We had the first rains of the autumn a couple of weeks ago and I suspected that the river might have enough water in it to be worth a visit.

I started out with something like a crude hybrid between a pheasant tail nymph and a hare´s ear but nothing came of that. And then I tied on my super new dynamite RGN and   in pretty short order extracted some gypsy barbel. Surely this is proof, if any was needed, that this is a fly that just can´t fail!

The nymph has two things going for it and these are the most important things in my humble opinion. First, it is quick and easy to tie and the materials are easy to source (and I have some in my fly tying box!) And second, the gypsy barbel seem to like it well enough to want to consume it.

This kind of pattern seems to attract the fish as well as any. I usually tie them on size 14 barbless grub hooks. They don´t have tails. Any idiot could tie these things. First, on goes a bead head, then some gold ribbing is tied in around the bend of the hook. Yellow dubbing is taken forward from this point and the gold ribbing taken forward to secure it. Finally just behind the bead goes a little pale green dubbing and, hey presto, a Río Grande nymph.

Then, it is just a question of adding water.


The RGN – an absolutely infallible nymph!



This is a slightly bigger version but tied on a jig hook. I used a copper wire rib for this one.