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How to Tie an Orange Asher

Producer: Tim Flager  |  Tightline Productions

The Orange Asher is a remarkably simple nymph pattern that works well in the late fall and early winter.  Tim Flagler ties this one on a size 22 TMC 100 hook, made easier to grab with hackle pliers.

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  • Humpy

    Looks like a small Crackleback, which can be fished dry as well.

  • Pedro Piscatore

    Information on how to fish this “simple nymph pattern” and when to use it might persuade me to give it a try.

  • Djflug

    For several years I have tied and fished an orange bodied soft hackle in size 18 to 20 similar to this except instead of palmering the grizzly the whole length of the body it is only wrapped 3 times near the eye like a traditional soft hackle fly. It can be fished dry, swung across and down with or without weight, whatever the trout are willing to eat that day. Give it a try. Easy tie .

  • Djflug

    As I look at the pattern I am sure it can be fished dry and like crackle back flies and is often taken when it is jerked under the water and stripped in. In the soft hackle form stripping it in works and also just holding steady with an occasional twitch just below the riffles in a little slower water. Tied with a synthetic purple or peacock body or peacock hurl, your preference and experiment a little. To me that is part of the fun. Catching trout on my ties! Good fishing

  • Tightline

    Yes, the pattern is similar to a crackleback minus the crackle (peacock herl). This really is more of a dry fly than a nymph although it will work as both as well as an emerger. It is also generally tied a good bit smaller than a crackleback and is intended to represent a midge, hook sizes range from about a #20 down to a #28 if you can find small enough hackle.

  • John Hall

    Love the video. In larger freestone rivers and tailwaters, I have caught rainbow trouts, browns and brookies depending solely on the Orange Asher. However, I have discovered that the Orange Asher is the most effective when fished in pools and along seams, but in smaller sizes. Stripping it close to the surface and across current before sunset can produce some unexpected fish. I strongly suggest using the Orange Asher as a sub for its few shades paler cousin, the well renowned Griffith’s Gnat.