Fishing: The Muncher Nymph
Other Names: Ian's Muncher Nymph, The Steelhead Muncher, James'
The Muncher Nymph may be one of the most productive,
all-round, universal, searching and fish catching flies in the known
universe. Story finished.
History of the Muncher
I began developing the Muncher Nymph back in 1980 when I was looking
for a "multi-species" pattern which would produce fish
in Ontario. I had just stepped off the boat from Scotland a year
earlier and I had been having luck using standard British mayfly
nymphs which were tied with their legs protruding horizontally from
the wingcase. After 25 years of experimentation, I can now safely
say that; nymphs tied with horizontal legs wiggle in the current
and produce more fish than nymphs tied with palmered hackle legs,
like those found on a Montana Nymph. Back then it was nothing more
than a hunch which set up the horizontal legs as the starting point
for the Muncher Nymph, but now I know for sure that they play a
huge part in the effectiveness of the fly. Fishing the River Clyde
as kid back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, someone told me that
if the body of a nymph was two toned it would produce more fish
than a unicoloured nymph. This bit of information was also incorporated
into the Muncher Nymph. One last fish-hitting trigger I put
into the fly was the double wingcase. I tie a lot of flies for very
successful float fishermen and one thing these fishermen all
seem to have in common is that they like their nymphs to have a
double wingcase. So, needless to say, the double wingcase was worked
into the design of the Muncher Nymph.
The three triggers are:
1. Horizontal legs
2. A two tone body
3. A double wingcase
There are another three important fish hitting triggers incorporated
into the Muncher Nymph, but as folk like to rip-off fly patterns,
the only way you are going to find out what those other triggers
are, is to purchase a few and then take a long hard look at the
flies. Just remember that when no fish are showing, and in a wide
range of conditions, the Muncher Nymph will consistently produce
fish. The Muncher Nymph has produced fish from Alaska down to Arkansas,
all-across Canada, Australia, Europe, Asia, the United Kingdom,
Ireland and Scandinavia.
the Muncher Nymph
The Muncher Nymph will work when fished using all the regular nymphing
techniques like: upstream nymphing, short line nymphing, as part
of the Polish or the Czech Nymphing Techniques, or on the swing.
By far the two most productive sizes are a #8 and a #10. The larger
size should be used in fast or broken water, or in conditions when
the water has some colour to it. The smaller size is perfect for
going after finicky fish in low or gin clear water. Although I have
had good success fishing a Muncher Nymph greased up in the surface,
it is much more productive when fished tight to the bottom. Some
fly fishermen like fishing two Muncher Nymphs on the same leader.
I have found that the traditional dropper system, with the dropper
extending no more than 4-inches, will work just as well as when
the flies are tied in tandem as in the New Zealand dropper system.
No matter which system you prefer to use, the point fly should always
be the heaviest
If you are fishing a Muncher Nymph along the edges of the Great
Lakes, or in the tributary streams and rivers flowing into Lake
Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Huron, you know that you are fishing
on the bottom if you are hooking into a round goby (Neogobius melanostomus)
now and again. In fact, in the Lake Erie watershed the round goby
is considered to be the most prolific and most abundant bottom dwelling
species in the watershed. Originally from the Black Sea and the
Caspian Sea, where funnily enough they are now considered to be
endangered, the round goby is an invasive species in Ontario. Although
they often get a bad rap, a fully grown round goby can scarf down
over 70 Zebra Mussels per day. They were first found in Ontario
in the St. Clair River, near Sarnia, in the summer of 1990.The round
goby sort of looks like many of our native sculpins, but they can
easily be distinguished from a sculpin by flipping them over onto
their back. A round goby has a "sucker" or a "disc"
on its belly, and a sculpin does not. The sucker or disc is in fact
the pelvic fins on the round goby which are fused together. The
big misconception about this disc is that the round goby uses it
to attach itself onto larger fish. This is simply untrue. The disc
is thought to help keep the goby "tight to the bottom"
on a riverbed or a lake bottom.This is a long winded way of say
that you know you are fishing the Muncher Nymph at the right depth
for steelhead, salmon, smallmouth bass and carp if you are picking
up a round goby now and again. For the record, the first fly fisherman
to land a round goby, was Dr. Borys Chambul. In 1994 he hooked into
a round goby while fishing for carp in Hamilton Harbor using a 9-weight.
Yes, he was fishing a Muncher Nymph at the time. And, here is an
Ask Ian question about the Round Goby.
Nymph will catch:
The Muncher Nymph will work on a wide variety of fish species including:
Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Steelhead, Coho salmon, Chinook salmon,
Atlantic salmon, Pink salmon, White Bass, Redhorse, Drum, Largemouth
Bass, Mooneye, Whitefish, Brook Trout, Bull Trout, Fallfish, Rockymountain
Whitefish, Goldeneye, Tiger Trout, Channel Catfish, Grayling, Carp,
Smallmouth Bass and Pike.
some Muncher Nymphs
Sizes Available: #8 and #10
Hook: Diiachi 1150 / Kamasan B420
Price per dozen in Canadian
(You can mix and match the sizes if you want to.)
1 dozen: $42.00
2 dozen: $78.00
3 dozen: $108.00
4 dozen: $132.00
Shipping and Tax will be added
to your order.
All orders will be shipped within 4 working days.
Cheque or an International Money Order from your local Post Office.
Here's how to do it
1. Send me an e-mail and let me
know what you want.
2. I will confirm your order and
ship the flies.
3. When you receive the Muncher
Nymphs, send me the payment.
Request for Muncher Nymphs
There are several fly tiers who are selling knockoff Muncher Nymphs.
These knockoff flies may or may not work, and there is a very good
chance they are not even close to being as productive as the original
Muncher Nymph. I have purchased Muncher Nymphs from several tiers,
and most of the flies were just brutal, resembling the original
Muncher Nymph in name only. I tie each and every fly I send out.
This is my original pattern and each Muncher Nymph is tied using
the proper materials in the proper proportions. Don't be fooled
by cheap and inferior imitations.
At no point during the building of this page, or when acquiring
the images and content for this page, were any fish, anglers and
Muncher Nymphs injured or damaged.
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