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In nature, a nymph refers to the underwater stage of certain flies such as upwing flies and stoneflies, as you can see form the picture of the blue winged olive to the right, they have legs and tails and depending on species can move around often near the bed of the lake or river. Nymphs grow in the water and then when conditions are right they emerge out of the water as flies.

In fly fishing, the term nymph is widely used in fly fishing to mean any type of developing underwater creature imitation. So in terms of fishing flies and trout flies, the term nymph doesn't always mean nymph! An angler may say they have been nymph fishing but the fly used my have actually been a shrimp.