The standard Zelon Nymph with a gold bead and gold wire is our most versatile fly. We use it in mountain streams as well as on tailwaters and Western Rivers. This variation is best used on heavily pressured rivers with trout who see it all everyday.
A black bead and black wire eliminate unrealistic shiny areas on this fly. A light underbody on the thorax also presents a more accurate impression to fish who reside in slow, clear waters like the Clinch River and South Holston in Tennessee or Western spring creeks.