Originally tied along the banks of Oregon's McKenzie river, and made famous on the Big Horn River in Montana, the Skinny Nelson is an unassuming, micro-nymph pattern that has proven the downfall of many a trout! While a killer match for a number of small mayfly and immature stonefly species, the Skinny Nelson is particularly deadly during low water years and when targeting selective trout. For a little extra weight to help get you down to the bottom of the river where the fish are most abundant, this variation of the Skinny Nelson has been tied with a beadhead.
Fly Category: Generalist Pattern
Family: Mayflies, Stoneflies
Species: Blue Quill, Blue Winged Olive, Caenidae (Angler's Curse), Hendrickson, Pale Morning Dun, Pale Evening Dun, Sulphur, Callibaetis, trico, Early Brown Stonefly, Chloroperlidae, Little Yellow Stonefly, Winter Black Stonefly
Life Stage: Nymph