This week's Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Dougie Loughridge and it's The Spanish Quill Nymph....

Hook: SUD2 #14
Bead: 2.4mm Black tungsten c/sunk
Thread: Varivas 10/0 in Fluoro Orange
Tails: Coq de Leon
Body: Hends Perdigon body 1/32 (PBM30)
Rib: Veniard Fl. Yellow stripped peacock quill

Image 1 - Thread the bead onto the hook and place into the vice. I tie this style of nymph in #14, #16 and #18.

Image 2 - Catch on your tying thread and take it down to the bend in touching turns. Catch in 6-8 CDL fibres as a tail and the stripped quill by the "thick" end. Wind your thread back towards the bead in touching turns, covering the CDL fibre butts as you go.

Image 3 - Catch in your perdigon body behind the bead and wind the thread down to the bend and back, creating a slight taper.

Image 4 - Wind the perdigon body in touching turns back towards the bead and tie down.

Image5 - wind your stripped quill forwards towards the bead in open turns allowing the perdigon body to shine through. Tie this down and build up a small hotspot with the tying thread.

Image 6 - Coat with UV resin to finish.

Fishing tips - Great on its own on a long leader for spooky fish or as a dropper alongside a heavier point fly.

Dougie Loughridge

Dougie Loughridge is from Glasgow, Scotland. He is a passionate angler and being from Scotland, is spoilt for choice when it comes to fishing locations. A relative late-comer to the sport, he first started fishing around the age of 13 on a small farm pond near his family home, dangling a worm on an oversized hook on crude, old fashioned tackle. However, there was always an accommodating little Perch waiting to engulf the offering….those bristling spines, vivid orange fins and stone-cold, killer’s eyes…..what a fantastic creature. As they say, he was hooked.

As early as a year or so later he started flyfishing for trout, fishing small put and take fisheries as well as some of the larger local Lochs and Rivers. Fly-tying also started around the time he first got interested in flyfishing. As a bit of an artist, the creative side of flyfishing appealed greatly, particularly creating flies for Pike and other predators. In the past few years he has practised this art at FlyFairs in Britain and Europe. As well as having had several Pike over the magical 20lb mark on the fly, Dougie has also featured in numerous magazine publications.

Dougie is also an S.G.A.I.C qualified single handed casting instructor and can be contacted for tuition as well as guided fishing.

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