|The Contented Angler
"A Genuine Fly Shop"
|The Contented Angler
147 Jefferson Avenue
Lower Burrell, Pa. 15068
|The String Bean
Front Hook: 3XL #6
Rear Hook: 3XL #8
Thread: Olive UTC 70 or 140
Tail: Olive marabou
Body: Olive chenille
Hackle: Olive grizzly or Olive
Rib: Rubber leg material
We use Beadalon for the connecting wire. This is a
7 strand coated wire and the strongest we have
seen. Beadalon can be purchased at most craft
stores. You can color this with a marker for a
durable ribbing material. Also, a great midge body
material. Beadalon can also be used as a wire
The articulated nymph has been around for about
40 years now, although, every 20 years or so,
someone resurrects it and claims they invented it.
This is quite common in Fly Tying.
We use a product called Beadalon to connect our
hooks, but the modern way to do things is to use
the Articulated Shanks from Flymen Fishing
1. We begin by placing the rear hook in the vise and
tying a wooly bugger without the hackle. Add six to
eight strands of rubber leg material to the front of
2. Here we thread the Beadalon wire through the
eye of the rear hook.
3. Remove the hook from the vise and add three
beads to the wire.
4. Insert the front hook in your vise and tie on the
wire leaving as little gap as you can between the
5. Tie in a length of rubber leg material at the rear
and a length of chenille at the middle of the body.
6. Wrap your chenille two turns towards the front
of the hook, then all the way to the rear, and back
to the front and tie off. Add an olive saddle hackle
by tying it in by the base of the feather.
7. Wrap the hackle to the rear of the fly and while
keeping tension on the feather, take one wrap of
your ribbing aroung the feather to secure it.
Continue the ribbing up to the front of the hook
and tie off.
8. Make two whip finishes and go fishing!
I learned from Chancey Lively that wrapping hackle
from front to rear creates a nice effect with the
hackle. This also makes a more durable fly. You
may also use wire or thread to rib the hackle,
although you risk cutting the hackle stem with
wire. The bend of the hook is cut off of the front fly
to prevent tangling. If you are a young person, let
an adult do this for you. Lead wire on the front
hook is also optional.