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Lightning Bug nymphs

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Has anyone had good luck with Lightning Bug nymphs in PA?

If so, what colors have worked best for you? (Colors of bead, body etc.?)

The color combinations people tie these in seem endless. Blue, fuschia, silver...

Is there any rhyme or reason to color choice when using colors that are totally non-imitative?

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Uh are you talking about like a Rainbow Warrior?

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Is there any rhyme or reason to color choice when using colors that are totally non-imitative?


Nope. Purple works really well.

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Here's a video I posted of these nymphs; they are fun to tie and work best for me in a two-fly setup. I suggest using them as the point fly, and either having a dropper higher or tying a smaller nymph off of the bend of the Lightning Bug.

Colors vary, but if you want to get attention, go fluorescent in Ultra Wire and dubbing; otherwise stick with copper-colored ribbing and peacock dubbing.

Good luck,

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I seldom fish nymphs of any sort, but I've caught trout on a lightning bug almost everywhere I've fished it, including PA. I've done really well with it on several occasions at Big Spring.

I've never felt the need to tie it in any color scheme except what I believe to be the original: silver tinsel, bead and rib; peacock herl thorax.

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I've never felt the need to tie it in any color scheme except what I believe to be the original: silver tinsel, bead and rib; peacock herl thorax.


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So, then...

Is this lure considered a "junk fly" or not by the cognoscenti of PAflyfish?


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Obviously not...ribbing and dubbing or crap...attractor nymph.

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OIC, I thought these were especially formulated to catch Lightnin' Trout? Instead of matching the hatch, it's matching the catch (of the fish to the name of the nymph)..

In all seriousness, has anyone attempted to match an actual lightning bug larvae ? I've seen the larvae streamside, glowing at night pre-season and also in the fall.

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Obviously not...ribbing and dubbing or crap...attractor nymph.

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Lightning trout only eat powerbait.

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So, then...

Is this lure considered a "junk fly" or not by the cognoscenti of PAflyfish?



Using attractor flies is sacrilege. You get struck by lightning. Hence the name Lightning Bug.

Posted on: 12/10 14:38


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This fly is the precursor / great grandaddy of the fly (if you will). One which all other junk flies that came after can owe their existence. Same body as the L-bug with a few more adornments tied in.


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Moar = Bedder?

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Oooooooooo that fly looks like Christmas.

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great wet fly that one is..

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