The Apache Lady is a simple all-purpose nymph attractor pattern created by Gordon Mankins of Phoenix, Arizona, probably in the 1980s
Tying the Apache Lady is easy and fun
Hook: #10-16 2x long nymph
Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippets
Body: Peacock herl and red glass bead
Hackle: Brown (rear is undersized)
Tied #8 and #10 as shown and fished just below the surface and rising generated a handful of hits and misses between us. We both got takes with #16 Apache Lady. So, on that day, it was small Apache Lady’s, but on another day, maybe a larger pattern or smaller? But the thing can hunt and is easy to tie.
It is more of an attractor pattern than a 100% nymph – all-purpose, even a better moniker.