Beginner Fly Tying a Hemingway Soft Body Mayfly Nymph with Jim Misiura

Jim Misiura’s Beginner Series – Fly Tying a Hemingway Soft Body Mayfly Nymph

One more of Jim’s beginner fly tying videos. Great video, easy-to-follow steps. Thanks, Jim for sharing this with us.


To tie Jim Misiura’s Hemingway Soft Body Mayfly Nymph, you need the following:

Realistic Mayfly Nymph Body with Tails
Realistic Mayfly Nymph Body with Tails
Hemingway's Realistic MayflyNymph Legs
Hemingway’s Realistic Mayfly Nymph Legs
Hemingway's Fine Wire 0.2 mm - Brown
Hemingway’s Fine Wire 0.2 mm in Brown
Hemingway's Hare Dubbing
Hemingway’s Hare’s Dubbing in Cream


  • Start by putting a lead wire, mostly on the thorax section, start just in front of the point of the hook, about 15 wraps
  • Secure the lead wraps using 6/0 140 denier brown thread, bring the base of thread back to the tail, than bring back the thread up to the front
  • Tie the Legs part right up to eye of the hook (using the tie-down tab)
  • Next, measure where the Body part is going to sit on the other end, butting it to the Legs tab or overlapping it slightly, depending on the length of your hook. When you fold over the Legs, the two parts need to meet without space in between.
  • Take the thread back to the rear
  • Add a rib using extra fine copper wire, tying it underneath
  • Add hair blend dubbing (hare gives movement to the fly), dub it so it stays skinny, go up to where the Body part will start
  • Tie the Body part right on top using the tie-down tab, securing it firmly
  • Holding the Body down, wrap the copper wire over the rib of the Body, pulling it tightly (3 wraps) and secure it in the middle
  • Dub some dubbing (thicker), wrap it to the top, bring it back, leaving the end loose
  • Fold over the Legs part, wrap the dubbed thread between first and second pairs of legs, about 2 wraps
  • Advance the thread to the eye of the fly and using the whip finish tie the knot and tie it off, snip off the thread
  • Put some head cement to the bottom and top of head
  • Draw eyes on the head using a black marker
  • ‘Dirty’ it up a bit with a marker on both body and legs, then slightly touch to rub it in and make it look dirty.
  • Done.

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