Submitted By Skip Nault
Tyer Comments: This is one of the best flies I have used to fool brown trout, especially in the spring and early summer on the Clear Fork River. Also has worked well on rainbow trout wherever it has been fished, especially in PA’s Spring Creek. The pattern originally was designed by Michigan’s Dennis Potter. Updated 5/17/20
Hook: #12-14 scud hook
Bead: gold or copper tungsten
Thread: 8/0 black, olive, white or red
Body: medium opal tinsel
Rib: small gold wire
Thorax: 2-3 strands peacock herl
Wing cover: medium (or large) opal tinsel
Tail & legs: mini rubber legs, any color
Wrap thread at base of bead to snug in, then wrap thread back to hook bend. Tie in rubber leg material to form paired tail. Next, tie in small gold wire length of hook to wrap forward. Secure a length of tinsel near tail and spiral with overlapping turns up to just behind bead. This is when it is nice to have a rotary vice. Next, counter wrap the gold wire up to the bead. Coat abdomen with UV epoxy and cure with UV light. Now tie in a small piece of large tinsel to form the wing cover. Wrap peacock herl to form a thorax 1.5 times size of bead head, then pull over large tinsel to form a wing cover. Place a length of rubber leg material to form a set of legs on the far side of nymph and a similar length on the near side and secure with no more than three wraps of thread between the legs. Tie 4 to 5 half hitches with a half hitch tool just behind the bead.
Note: As an alternative, tie the aurora nymph on a barbless jig hook. The jig hook rides hook point up and is much less likely to snag on the bottom of the stream.
Both the gold wire and UV epoxy protect the tinsel when hook is removed from fish with forceps.