This week's Fly Friday is from PRO-Team member Jim Lee's, it's The Iron Blue Nymph

There's a few fairly uncommon materials in this fly but you don't need to scour the internet trying to source them. I use them here because I have them to hand and they make a good fit for this fly but you can substitute for materials that are easier to find and I don't expect the fish would particularly care.

For the Heron Herl in the Body you could substitute a dark Goose feather or even a couple of fibres from the primary feather on a Moorhen wing. The Common Shrew at the thorax has a great natural colour for this fly but could be substituted with a dark or even dyed black Mole fur if you used a little less dubbing in the thorax.

Between the weight of the hook and the small metal bead there's enough weight in the fly to make it sink slowly when fished behind a dry fly.


Hook: Partridge of Redditch Wet Heavy Supreme G3A/L #20
Weight: 1.5mm Black Bead
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 30D Black
Tail: Coq De Leon or any dark cock hackle tied short.
Rib: Semperfli 0.1mm Wire Purple
Body: Heron Herl (See notes for substitutes)
Thorax: Common Shrew (See notes for substitutes)

Jim Lees

Born, raised and still living near the banks of the river Clyde in Scotland I started my fishing life on one of its tributaries 30 years ago and started tying flies at the same time. With no local fly shops there wasn’t really much choice and as the only anglers I knew all tied their own flies I just assumed if you wanted to fly fish you learned how to tie your own flies.

Early on I developed an interest in the riverside insect life; their life cycles and behaviours. How and when the different species became available to Trout as food. This interest led me away from traditional Clyde flies and on to experimenting with new materials and new fly designs and to this day flies for Trout are Grayling are my primary focus. Flies that are open to tyers of all levels, flies that catch fish.

With the rivers Clyde, Annan and Tweed on my doorstep I have access to some great Trout fishing during some heavy hatches. My first love, and where I spend a lot of my fishing time, is on the many small overgrown tributaries where the casting is tight and the fish are often fussy due to the rich insect life. When I have the choice I’ll always fish dry flies and, while I do enjoy tying and fishing nymphs, when the conditions suit, Streamer fishing comes a close second to the dry fly. Streamer fishing offers a different way of approaching a river, a completely different mindset, and for the last 10 years I’ve enjoyed trying to provoke the Trout’s predator response. My tying reflects those choices.

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to fish on some fantastic rivers around Britain and Europe and I’m also proud to have been invited to demonstrate fly tying at fly fairs in Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland and around the UK. I’m honoured to join the Partridge pro team and looking forward showing my flies on the best range of hooks on the market.

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