When I started doing research for flies for Pyramid Lake, the Maholo Nymph kept popping up on every Pyramid Lake fly list that I read. After some more research I found some pictures of what the Maholo Nymph was supposed to look like and made a stab at trying to recreate it with the materials that I had at hand. Although I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s going to work at Pyramid, I also think that the Maholo nymph could be tied up in some smaller sizes and make a great attractor pattern on some of the small creeks here in Arizona. Since it’s so bright and shiny, the Maholo nymph could be the ticket in the early spring when the water is still a bit high and off color.
The original Maholo Nymph was designed by Rod Anderson of the Reno Fly Shop. The name comes from a cross between the Hawaiian word for “thank you” and the Holographic tinsel used for the body of the fly.
Hook: Curved Caddis/Shrimp Hook (I’ve been tying #10 and #8s for Pyramid)
Thread: Black 70 Denier Thread
Tail/Wingcase/Legs: Pheasant Tail
Body: Red Tinsel (Sulky Holoshimmer Tinsel available in multiple colors at craft store)
Rib: Small Copper Wire
Thorax: Olive Ice-Dub (I substituted some red Simi-Seal Material on some of the different colored tinseled bodies)
Clear Cure Goo Tack Free
Optional: Pearlescent Tinsel for flashback wingcase