The Whirling Dervish

Nymphs: Step-by-step fly tying instructions. 

Greg Becker's Whirling Dervish - Fly tying instructions

The Whirling Dervish created by Greg Becker.

This great fly works especially well from early spring to early summer. It has colors in common with the hare’s ear nymph, but the Whirling Dervish incorporates a dense color of natural rabbit fur, which gives it lots of movement in the water. The fox fur adds durability to the fly. The fish love the movement and colors. Tie in sizes 12-16.

Fly tying materials

Hook: Any wet fly hook, sizes 12-16.
Thread: Mono, clear.
Bead: Nymph Head® FlyColor™ brass fly tying bead, silver.
Tail: Coq de Leon Fibers, or any long mottled fibers.
Body: Bill’s Body Braid, gold.
Underwing: Fox Tail Fur, gray.
Overwing: Fox Tail Fur, red.
Collar: Rabbit Fur, natural.

Fly tying instructions

Step 1

Place the bead on the hook and add CDL tail.

Step 2

Add gold body braid.

Step 3

Add a small amount of gray fox tail; don’t extend the fox past the end of the tail.

Step 4

Place a small amount of red fox on top of the gray fox to top off the wing. Again, don’t extend past the tail.

Step 5

Form a dubbing loop, and add a small amount of natural rabbit to the loop. Wrap the twisted dubbing loop at the front of the wing, and behind the bead. Stroking the fibers back toward the tail as you wrap the dubbing loop. Whip finish and cement the wraps.