Skip Morris Nymphs


Anatomical BWO Anatomical BWO

Skip Morris Nymphs...



...deadly, convincing, and highly effective at fooling wary trout, here are Skip's most popular nymphs for rivers, streams, and lakes.



Skip's Flies Are Now Available On-Line from Feather-Craft Fly Fishing

Feather-Craft Fly Fishing's on-line store now features Skip's flies. Feather-Craft is a big, well-established, reputable mail-order house.

They are ready to take orders, so we've added a link to this page (and to the individual fly descriptions themselves) so that you can go straight to their site and order Skip Morris Nymphs directly.



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To find specific flies more easily at the Feather-Craft store, we've placed a link by each fly's description that will take you directly to that fly on Feather-Craft's site (see photos and descriptions of the flies below).





The following flies are Skip's original designs
and are tied commercially by Solitude Fly Company.



The sample flies in the photographs below were tied by Solitude.





Skip Morris Nymphs:

Mayfly Nymph Imitations


Anatomical Mayfly Nymphs

(aka: BH Anatomical Nymphs)


The debate over realistic fly designs versus rough, impressionistic ones continues decade after decade.

Suppose, though, you have a semi-realistic nymph design not rigid like so many such flies but instead with soft, lively legs and tails and gills... then you have the Anatomical Nymphs.



Anatomical BWO

Anatomical BWO Anatomical BWO

This fly imitates the nymphs of those ultra-important tiny mayflies (Baetis or Blue-Winged Olive) of spring, winter, and fall. A common mayfly on both coasts of North America and all those rivers in between.



Available in sizes: 22, 20, 18, 16

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Anatomical Callibaetis

Anatomical Callibaetis Anatomical Callibaetis

This fly imitates the nymph of the most widespread of all lake mayflies. Before and sometimes during the hatch (depending on the trout's mood), it can be just right.




Available in sizes: 16, 14

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Anatomical Green Drake

Anatomical Green Drake Anatomical Green Drake

This fly imitates the nymph of the big green drake mayfly of western rivers. It can be a wonderful hatch to fish, with big trout moving to the big insects, and just before the hatch and sometimes during it, this can be the fly to have.

Available in sizes: 10, 12

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Anatomical PMD

Anatomical PMD Anatomical PMD

This fly imitates the nymph of the pale morning dun mayfly, the staple of western mayflies of the regular season. A common insect found in rivers and streams.




Available in sizes: 18, 16, 14

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Skip Nymphs


The Skip Nymph is among the first flies many beginning fly tiers tie, thanks to the popularity of Skip's longtime best-selling book Fly Tying made Clear and Simple— and it's proven itself over the past two decades as a rock-solid imitation of mayfly nymphs and small stonefly nymphs, and a fine all-around searching nymph. It's been featured in many books and magazine articles.

A dark bead blended into the thorax of the Ultimate Skip Nymph really pulls the fly down, and a touch of sparkle gets it noticed down there among the trout.



Skip Nymph, Ultimate, Standard

Ultimate Skip Nymph, Standard Ultimate Skip Nymph, Standard



Available in sizes: 18, 16, 14, 12

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Skip Nymph, Ultimate, Olive

Ultimate Skip Nymph, Olive Ultimate Skip Nymph, Olive



Available in sizes: 18, 16, 14, 12

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Skip Morris Nymphs:

Caddis Pupa


Brick Back October Caddis

(aka: BH October Caddis)

Brickback October Caddis Brickback October Caddis

The October caddis is the biggest caddis on western rivers, and appears in late September into early November when not much else is hatching to compete with it— this can be one critical caddis.

Skip's Brick Back October Caddis imitates the important pupa stage. Fished dead-drift below a strike indicator to imitate failed pupa or pupa drifting as they regain their motion after so long in a shell, or cast upstream to sink and then swung towards the bank like a swimming pupa, the Brick Back can move lots of trout on a good day, some big ones among them.

Available in sizes: 8, 6

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Boatman & Backswimmers


Morris Boatman

(aka: Morris Water Boatman)

Morris Boatman Morris Boatman

In spring and fall, water boatmen and backswimmers (which look and act and are the same as far as trout are concerned) fly out in swarms to nosedive into lakes and drive trout wild.

Have a few Morris Boatmen on hand so you can get in on the action when it comes.

Available in size: 14

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Dragonfly Nymph


Sparkle Furry Dragon

Sparkle Furry Dragon Sparkle Furry Dragon

Dragonfly nymphs are often the biggest insects in a trout lake and, unlike reclusive mayfly nymphs and chironomid larvae, are regularly out on their own hunting trips exposing themselves to trout.

So, since trout in lakes are used to watching for dragonfly nymphs, Skip trusts his Sparkle Furry Dragon to produce almost any time there's no other hatch going on to distract the trout. An excellent choice for fishing over shoals or just trolling.

Available in size: 6

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Skip Morris Nymphs:

Attractor Nymphs


Gabriel's Trumpet, Gold

Gabriel's Trumpet, Gold Gabriel's Trumpet, Gold

Here's a very bright and fast-sinking attractor nymph that sometimes just cleans up on trout in rivers.

It can be a hot fly on trout lakes too, when nothing else seems to work. Some surprisingly finicky, difficult trout have taken the Trumpet.

Gold is the reliable standard.

Available in sizes: 16, 14, 12, 10

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Gabriel's Trumpet, Black

Gabriel's Trumpet, Black Gabriel's Trumpet, Black

Here's a very bright and fast-sinking attractor nymph that sometimes just cleans up on trout in rivers.

It can be a hot fly on trout lakes too, when nothing else seems to work. Some surprisingly finicky, difficult trout have taken the Trumpet.

The Gabriel's Trumpet, Black can be more than an attractor nymph, imitating dark mayfly and small stonefly nymphs.

Available in sizes: 18, 16, 14, 12

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Royal Flush

(aka: BH Royal Flush)


Royal Flush Royal Flush

An attractor based on the old and beloved—and trusted—Royal Coachman dry fly.

Don't write off attractor flies; they can far out-fish imitative flies sometimes.



Available in sizes: 18, 16, 14, 12

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