I want to introduce you to a new fly called the Bread-n-Butter Nymph. It was originated by Domenick Swentosky, creator and author behind the website “Troutbitten.” It has beautifully written articles, excellent photography, and truly embodies the soul of the fly fisherman.
Domenick describes Troutbitten by saying, “Troutbitten started as a creative framework for documenting the things that I’d like to show my sons someday: a diary of things that happened and of things learned on the water. I soon realized how deep this all would go.”
He was not kidding- this website is filled with thoughtful posts. A few of my favorites include “Two Sides to Every Fisherman“, “I want to, but I don’t want to”, “The Dirty Fisherman” and many many more.
The Bread-n-Butter Nymph caught my eye immediately. It is simple, almost too simple- and that means it is PERFECT. I’ve never been that hatch matcher in the classical sense. I don’t have boxes filled with flies realistically imitating fancy Latin insect names. I can appreciate the aesthetic of them and the people who fish them, but when I think back to my youth fishing raw pizza dough on a hook and catching so many trout my arms would tire, I can’t say it is exactly necessary. And if I can spend less money and less time on the vise and gain more time on the water, say no more.
When you see this fly, you will probably think you’ve seen it before. You haven’t, but it SEEMS that way- and that is the point. The trout know the profile,the colors, they know the fly. It might be a mayfly, a caddis, a stonefly- but what it definitely is- is a fly that will occupy space in my boxes.
You can read the rest of the post, with a tutorial on tying the fly HERE