The Teeny Nymph was created by Jim Teeny for rainbows on the west coast. I first used this fly in Montana and it was a sleeper, especially the black ones. Jim Teeny has developed quite a business around this fly, and fishing tackle in general. For some time in the 1970’s, you would notice a copyright attached to writings about this fly. That seems to be a thing of the past because this fly is becoming more available online. This fly works well in Maine, trust me. The beauty of this fly is that it is suggestive; the fish mistake it for multiple insects. It has only one ingredient and it’s easy to tie. Perfect.
The primary material used to tie these is Ring Necked Pheasant tail fibers. I buy them natural and dyed at annikarodandfly.com in Holden and at Eddie’s Flies in Bangor. This inexpensive material is the body and hackle of this nymph and it is all you need, besides hook and thread.
Recipe for the Teeny Nymph
Thread – Black, or colored to suit
Hook – Standard wet fly hook, size 6-16
Body –Fibers from a Ring Necked Pheasant
Hackle- Fibers from a Ring Necked Pheasant
Peel off about 20 fibers from the tail feather. Trim the butt ends and tie the bunch on your hook behind the eye a bit. Don’t crowd the eye; you’ll need room for a head. Continue wrapping your thread over the fibers all the way back to where the hook starts to bend, just over the barb. Now, wind your thread forward to the eye. Grab the tips of the fibers and wind them around the shank, all the way forward. You’ve just created a segmented body. Tie off the tips but don’t cut them off. Bend them down under the shank toward the hook point and then tie them into position using your thread that was hanging at the eye of the hook. Now you see why I told you not to crowd the eye. The head will be a bit large but the fish don’t seem to mind. Pheasant tail comes dyed and I like to use different colors and different sizes. This is a very forgiving fly to tie and fish, well worth the time to learn it.