Korn’s Green Lantern

Doug Korn came up with this nymph inspired by the late Al Campbell’s SHWAPF (swept hackle wingless all purpose fly) and the Tellico  nymph of the Great Smokie Mountains. According to Doug, he began fishing it in about 2002.

I’m not a huge nymph fan, but this fly caught my eye right away because of the green color that Doug used and the name of course. Doug said this is a caddis pupa imitation and it has been very effective for him. He mentioned that he almost hated to let other people know about it. Below Doug describes how to tie his Green Lantern in a step-by-step.

Hook: vintage Mustad Limerick #16 std. wet fly or current Mustad 9063
Thread: Serafil tan 200/2 or Uni-8/0
Bead: 11/0 green glass seed bead
Rib: small copper wire
Tail/shuck, Shellback and Wing: red fox squirrel tail tied in by the tips, divided 1/3 for tail, 2/3’s for shellback and wing
Body and Collar: DK#28 Green Lantern dubbing or bright emerald green dubbing of choice

Step 1. Place a hook with a bead in the vise.
Step 2. Start thread at bead. Tie in copper wire at the eye with wraps back to the bend of the hook.
Step 3. Cut a clump of red fox squirrel tail.
Step 4. Pull out the short hairs and trim the tips even. Tie them in by the tips at the bend of the hooks with wraps forward to one bead width behind eye.  Note: It’s important to leave this gap.
Step 5. Wind thread back to hook point position and dub the thread.
Step 6. Wrap noodle from bend to one hook eye gap behind bead.
Step 7. Wind copper wire forward, first behind dubbing at the rear of hook over squirrel tail then forward in evenly spaced open turns.  Ending with a few tight turns behind the head.  Tie off and break off wire.
Step 8. Bring 2/3’s of squirrel tail forward to bead and wrap down in gap behind the bead spreading tail fibers in fan shape to form wing as shown.
Step 9. Trim tail/shuck to body length. Then fold back wing with a few tight wraps with thread winding up right behind the bead.
Step 10. Dub short noodle for collar.
Step 11. Wind collar and whip finish right behind the bead.
Step 11. Wind collar and whip finish right behind the bead.
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