Iron Lotus Fly Pattern Tutorial

PMD nymphs become very active in rivers and streams during most of the summer and early fall. Trout fill themselves on these nymphs day after day which makes the PMD Iron Lotus such a valuable pattern. The Iron Lotus was created by Lance Egan who lives here in Utah. He told me of the unique design of this fly which includes its thread body covered in a hard clear finish. This helps the fly sink at a quicker rate because of its streamline design and lack of appendages. It is tied with lead wire and a tungsten bead which also helps the sink rate and its ability to stay down in the water column once it gets there. Another advantage is the durability of this fly as it hods up very well to the pointed teeth of trout. I have quickly become a huge fan of this fly, since it continues to catch fish after fish. I am also excited to fish the BWO Iron Lotus once baetis nymphs once again become active this fall.

Here are step by step instructions to tie the Iron Lotus. You will see, its an easy fly pattern and will soon earn a permanent spot in your nymph box.

Place the bead and three wraps of lead wire behind the bead.

Start thread behind the lead wire and build up a thread base to lock in the lead from slipping. Make a few wraps over the lead wire to secure it from rotating.

Tie in a dozen partridge fibers for the tail.

Tie in another bobbin with with the rusty-brown thread near the tail. Leave the yellow thread at the back of the fly near the tail.

Build up a tapered body using the rusty-brown thread. Half hitch twice and clip off rusty-brown thread.

Bring the yellow thread forward making a segmented rib.

Cut a piece of black thinskin half the width of the hook gape.

Tie in the thinskin just after the two-thirds point of the fly. This will act as the wingcase of the fly.

Apply dubbing to the thread and prepare to dub the thorax.

Dub the thorax.

Pull the thinskin over the top of the dubbing and tie it off directly behind the bead.

Make a small thread collar by whip finishing the fly behind the bead.

Apply Hard Head Fly Finish to the thread abdomen, and allow to dry.

Once the Hard Head is dry, brush out the dubbing and the fly is finished.

Hook: Dai- Rikii 135 (sizes 14-18)
Bead: Gold Tungsten to match hook size
Tail: Partridge
Abdomen: Rusty-brown 210 thread 210
Rib: Yellow 6/0 thread
Glue for abdomen: Loon’s Hard Head Fly Finish Clear
Wingcase: Black Thinskin
Thorax: Natural Squirrel, Natural Hare’s Ear, or Brown Semi-Seal Dubbing
BWO Iron Lotus


Hook: Dai- Rikii 135 (sizes 16-20)
Bead: Gold Tungsten to match hook size
Thread: Red 8/0
Tail: Partridge
Abdomen: Brown Olive UTC
Rib: White Thread
Glue for abdomen: Loon’s Hard Head Fly Finish
Wingcase: Black Thinskin
Thorax: Synthetic Peacock Dubbing

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