This week the Fly Friday comes from PRO Team member Matthew Pate it's the ....

A little river nymph I'm yet to try (need a bit of luck with the weather) but I just know it's got fish written all over it. Tag flies are great to have on the cast when fishing rivers as they provide and irresistible trigger point. I'd fish this as a fly on the duo set up or just straight line nymph. Simple fly to tie so give it a try.


Hooks - K4AY-SE #14

Tail/tag - egg yarn (salmon pink)

Body - dark hare dubbing

Rib - hends body Quill No19

Thorax - dark hare dubbing

Matthew Pate

Hi, I’m Matthew I’ve been fishing in the small waters and rivers of Wales since the age of eleven. I have also tied flies from the very beginning too. Being a self-taught fly tyer and a quick learner, tying flies became a massive part of my hobby and it quickly turned into an addiction, just as important as the fishing itself.

In 2014 I gained my first welsh cap in the small Still Water International, which was one of the greatest honours I will probably achieve. In close second was coaching the 2015 Team in their match in Ireland. Smallwater fishing is my passion. I learnt my trade on my club water which is just ten minutes from my home (LLYN FAWR). So this is the discipline where I spend most of my time fishing but I do also fish river and the big water when I can to keep things fresh.

I don’t really have a specific type of fly that I like to tie but I do cover a lot in my tying, everything from big gory lures to little delicate dry flies but given the choice a particular type of fly that I’d like to try, would have to be Nymphs.