Predator Fibre Jig
For the clearer water that comes with the more settled conditions that late spring and early summer brings to my local rivers. Covers the Blue Winged Olive hatch as well as the Baetis hatches throughout the year.
Hook: Partridge SUJ Jig Hook, #18.
Bead: 2.5mm slotted, Natural Tungsten.
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 30D (18/0), Brown.
Tails: Coq De Leon.
Body: Semperfli Predator Fibres, Pheasant Tail.
Thorax: Pine Squirrel.
Hackle: Sparse CDC in split thread, Black.
Wingcase: Semperfli Predator Fibres, Pheasant Tail.
Based on a fly by Robert Mckay this is basically a super heavy nymph used to control the drift of a team of nymphs through fast water, rather than being purely sacrificial the extra movement and flash on this fly means it fishes like a dead drift mini streamer.
Hook: Partridge of Redditch SUJ #10
Weight: Large Tungsten Shrimp Back & 3.8mm Veniard Slotted Tungsten Bead
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 12/0 Orange
Tail: Sand Grizzly Mini Marabou
Body: Silver Mini Flat Braid coloured on one side with brown marker
Thorax: Orange and Olive Spectra dubbing
Hare Copper Jigback
This fly was shown to me by one of the best river anglers I’ve had the privelage to fish with, Davie Park, and has probably accounted for more Grayling over the last winter than any other fly. I’ve no doubt it’ll prove to be a great point fly on a Trout leader too.
Tied on a Partridge SUJ #16 this is a lot of weight on a small hook with the bulk of it over the eye so it ALWAYS fishes point up and by design gives a small fly with a lot less bare hook showing.
Hook: Partridge SUJ #16-18.
Weight: Tungsten Jig Back, size to suit.
Thread: Brown Nano Silk 12/0 (50D).
Tail: Ginger Cock.
Abdomen: Pine Squirrel.
Thorax: Pine Squirrel mixed with a tiny pinch of Orange or Copper Hends Spectra Dubbing
Olive Teardrop Nymph
Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special #14
Weight: Tungsten Teardrop Large
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 12/0 (50D) Orange
Tails: Dk Olive Cock
Abdomen: Uni Stretch Olive
Thorax: Hends Spectra Dubbing Olive
Sedge Larva Jig
Hook: Partridge Patriot Jig SUJ #14
Weight: Slotted Tungsten Bead 3mm
Thread: Semperfli Nanosilk 12/0 white
Body: Creamy yellow yarn with a little Possum dubbing twisted into it.
Hackle: Starling and sparse CDC Black
Continuing to play around with the new Semperfli Nano Silk Ultra 30D thread I thought I’d have a go at a little buzzer with it, the fly below is the result.
Hook: Mustad R30 #24
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk Ultra 30D Grey
Rib: Semperfli Nano Silk Ultra 30D Red
Cheeks: Glo Brite No7 & No2
Breathers: Tag ends of the body thread folded other to give three lengths then cut to size
Body Finish: Clear Cure Goo Hydro
I remain very impressed with this thread, very strong and incredibly fine, I had to fold it over three times to get enough density of thread just to add breathers to a #24 fly. Same goes for the Clear Cure Goo Hydro, I thought I’d toil to get a thin even coat on a fly that size but it was a breeze. As I mentioned before in previous bog posts I’m not really one for tying or fishing tiny flies so this was more an experiment for me than something I’ll be tying a box full of and casting to Trout…. that said the thread and the Hydro makes the tying that bit easier so never say never.
There are a great many fly patterns to imitate Baetis nymphs, nymphs of the upwing flies in general really, some are very intricate and beautiful pieces of imitative work and others like the Pheasant Tail, Grey Goose or Gold Ribbed Hares Ear nymphs which though very simple are also great fish catchers.
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