Fly Friday #10 comes from Ben Beckwith. Ben joined the Partridge PRO-team at the end of last month and has tied a Hot Spot Jig Nymph as this weeks fly.

'I love to tie this fly because it is really simple and quick to tie yet it works fantasically well for wild brown trout particularly as a point fly as it really weighs the other flies down. I have tied it without the hotspot but I do find that it works alot better with the hotspot as it really draws the fish in and adds a trigger point to the fly.'

The fly has been tied on a Partridge Jig hook (SUJ) #10 which is from our Patriot barbless range and has a long straight surehold point to give excellent hook setting properties.

To tie this fly you would need:

Hook: Partridge Jig Hook (SUJ) #10

Bead: 3.5mm Gold Tungsten Slot Bead

Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 Black

Tag: Uni Thread 8/0 Fire Orange

Body: Stripped Peacock Herl Dyed Ginger

Hackle: Fox Squirrel Fur held and spun on thread using BT's dubbing wax.

 

 

Ben Beckwith is the youngest member of the Partridge PRO-team. When Ben was 11, he showed interest in flies and was presented with a starter kit for fly tying. His enthusiasm and creativity in tying showed that he had a huge interest in pursuing this further. He was introduced to Ian Hockley by his Grandfather, who very kindly spent a few hours showing him the basics of fly tying, and has continued to encourage him. At the age of 14 Ben has successfully qualified as part of the 2015 England Youth Fly-Fishing Team.

Ben Beckwith

Ben started following his Grandfather when he was 5 years old on the River Kennet, where he had the task of netting ‘Popa’s’ fish. When he was 7, he was given his first fly rod and continued to fish with his Grandfather on a regular basis. 

When Ben was 11, he showed interest in flies and was presented with a starter kit for fly tying. His enthusiasm and creativity in tying showed that he had a huge interest in pursuing this further. He was introduced to Ian Hockley by his Grandfather, who very kindly spent a few hours showing him the basics of fly tying, and has continued to encourage him. Ben has since honed his skills and visited many shows and demonstrations. What he observed, he took back and practiced. He visited the Irish Fly Fair International in 2012, where he came 2nd in the junior fly tying competition. Since then, his enthusiasm and experience has increased dramatically and from the age of 12, he has been asked to demonstrate his fly tying capabilities at various shows in the UK.

Ben was introduced to the Angling Trust Talent Pathway in 2011, where he was encouraged to enter the England Youth National Championships at Grafham Water. This was to gain experience and an understanding of Loch Style fishing for future events. In 2013, Ben was invited back to the Talent Pathway and continued to be coached by Paul Eslinger, Danny Williams and Angus Campbell and has since been placed 3rd in the 2014 England Youth National Championships and as such has successfully qualified as part of the 2015 England Youth Fly-Fishing Team, at the age of 14. 

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