How to Tie the Iron Lotus Fly Pattern
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The Iron Lotus is a mayfly nymph imitation that quickly sinks thanks to a smooth-coated layer of Solarez Bone Dry, tungsten bead, and lead wire. The Iron Lotus’ sleek silhouette and segmented body create a natural-looking mayfly nymph, and the red hotspot provides just enough flash and color contrast to grab a trout’s attention.
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- Tiemco Umpqua C450-BL - Size 14
- Tungsten Slotted Gold Bead - 1/8in.
- Hareline .015 Lead Wire
- UTC 70 Denier - Olive & Red
- Hareline Coq De Leon - Dark Speckled Medium
- UNI 6/0 - White
- Hareline Scud Back - 1/8in.
- Hareline Trilobal Dubbing - Olive Black Leech
Begin the pattern by sliding the bead to the hook’s eye.
We’re setting the bead with the lead wire. Wrap the wire six times around the shank, then push it into the bead.
Next, establish a thread base by running the olive thread below the wire to the hook’s point.
For the tail, tie six Coq De Leon pieces on the hook’s rear and wrap the thread to the lead. Ensure the tail runs half the shank’s length and snip the forward-facing material.
We are now moving on to the Iron Lotus’ ribbed section. Secure the UNI material near the lead wire, then cover the rearward-facing material with thread. Run the thread to the hook’s eye before moving on to the next step.
Complete the Iron Lotus’ ribbing by advancing the UNI material up the shank with evenly spaced wraps, then tie off the material behind the bead.
Finish the pattern’s first part by securing whip finish behind the bead, then snip the olive thread.
Apply the Bone Dry resin over the tied-in material, then hit it with the light.
Establish a second thread base by running the red thread below the bead to the thorax.
Start the wingcase by tying the scud back material behind the bead.
Apply dubbing to the thread and make several tight wraps at the collar for the pattern’s thorax.
Complete the wingcase by pulling the scud back fiber forward and securing it directly behind the bead.
Finish the pattern by snipping the forward-facing scud back material and securing it with a whip finish.