This week's Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Chris Reeves and it's The Fire Imp....

Hook:- Partridge Heavy Wet G3A/L size 10 12 or 14 or if you want an offset point, Sprite heavy wet.
Thread:- Black
Tail:- Golden Pheasant tippet dyed hot red.
Rib:- Silver holographic tinsel
Body:- Glo brite floss, Shade No.4 Scarlet
Hackle:- Three turns of Whiting dark red hen with three turns of Whiting furnace hen in front.

By using the glo-brite floss for the body you ensure a degree of daylight florescence and give the fly a very bright aspect. The tinsel reflects light while the dark hackle over the red gives a nice contrast. Take care not to stretch the tinsel when wrapping as the holographic effect will disappear. In order to get a good volume of hackle use the best hen feathers you can find. When wrapping the hackle, fold back the fibres and ensure all are facing to the rear of the hook. 

This fly is an out and out attractor but with a little subtlety at the front end. This fly is best fished on the top dropper (or bob) with a fast figure of eight or quick pulled retrieve. 

Chris Reeves

Some of you may have met me at the British Fly Fair International, The Spring Flyfishing Show, at The Fly Dressers' Guild evenings, or perhaps at a European or American fly show. Others of you may have fished with or against me on the riverbank, lakeside or more likely in a boat during the “Loch Style” competition season, or in friendly outings run by clubs like Fishing For Fun. I’ve been fishing for as long as I can remember and flyfishing for over 25 years. The world of flyfishing fascinates me, and as family and friends will testify, I’ll take every opportunity to fish for trout, salmon or other species, on rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or the sea, in the UK or other parts of the world ... Fly tying was a logical progression from flyfishing, so I started tying flies almost as soon as I began to flyfish, learning from books and from exchanging ideas with other fly tiers. I really enjoy the challenge of developing and tying new patterns, and then making sure they work. Well, you have to, don’t you? In 2006, Whiting Farms signed me up as a member of their Fly Tying Pro Team, giving me access to some fantastic materials which I hope to be able to share with you from time to time. In addition, in May 2010 I completed the Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guides course at Clearwater Lodge in California, USA. Since retiring from the Metropolitan Police in 2008 after 33 years of service, I’m able to dedicate more time to fishing and flytying.

Watch the view below of Chris tying a Turkey Nymph for Trout on a Partridge hook and Partridge stall.


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