The hopper/dropper combo is a go-to all season long on western Montana’s rivers, and while the old standbys like prince nymphs and hare’s ears are great as droppers, the fishy goodness of the iron lotus might just have you switching droppers in a hurry. Lance Egan is one of the most successful american competitive anglers, and his patterns are designed to get into fish fast. The combination of a translucent and flashy body with a high-contrast rib makes this a great dropper fly or as a point fly in a double nymph rig. It’s slim profile also lends it well to single nymphing without an indicator, and I like to tight-line these style of nymphs through shallow riffles with good results. Gilbert Rowley’s tying videos are always fun and fast, and you should be able to tie a dozen of these in no time. Give them a shot and get ready to tie them on this spring when the PMDs are likely.