Having been asked to show this at a couple of recent demonstrations as well as some social media requests I promised all those who asked I’d show this fly as a Partridge Tutorial.

Although I’ve shown a Loch Ordie variation on here already I’ve haven’t shown this particular pattern which can be very effective especially in peaty water or on bright days.  Also I wanted to show how you can use a particularly fine material (such as Flashbrite) effectively as a head hackle which adds a further dimension to your flies without detracting from the overall shape too much.

Like all bob flies this works well on a light wire hook (Dry Fly Supreme) for on, or in the surface, or heavier wire (Wet Fly Supreme) for under or ‘through’ the surface.  The Golden Ordie was a pattern used on our wild lochs through the latter half of last season where it proved more than a little effective.

Tying in the Flashbrite in this style produced a very effective and mobile pattern and was responsible for a couple of Red Letter Days in the wild lochs of Central Sutherland in early September.

I would think our non-native stocked fish will like it as well and can’t see why it won’t be very effective fished in the ‘Bob’ position when working deeper above a couple of lures or nymphs.  For me however, bouncing it over the tips and troughs of rolling waves for spectacular and aggressive takes is what this fly is all about, helping add to those ‘all action’ days we often get on our wilder waters.

Well worth having in your armoury and a pleasurable pattern to tie.



Hook; Partridge Dry Fly or Wet Fly Supreme Size 8 – 14

Thread; Black Uni 8/0

Tail; Glowbrite Floss No11

Hackle; Metz Ginger Grizzle Cock Saddle

Head; Golden Flashbrite (Veniards)


Tying Sequence:

Step 1 Place hook in vice and tie in thread behind hook eye

Step 2 Take approx 4 inches (100mm) of glowbrite 11 floss, fold three times and tie onto hook to form tail

Step 3 Trim tail to desired length (best approx 5.8th inch, 8mm) then return thread back to head of hook

Step 4 Take pinch of gold Flashbrite and trim the ends level

Step 5 Tie in on top leaving approx 1.2 to 3.4 inch (12mm to 16mm) depending on body hackle and hook size, then fold forward.  Trim to same length keeping hold of excess.

Step 6  , Repeat tying in process tying in excess Flashbrite below then bring forward.  Leave one or two strands slightly longer as this helps the final appearance of the fly

Step 7 Prepare body hackle

Step 8 Run thread down hook to tail then tie in body hackle by tips before running thread back to directly behind hook eye

Step 9 Wind on palmered body hackle stroking each turn back before applying next turn to ensure no trapped hackle fibres.  Tie off directly behind hook eye and trim off waste

Step 10 Brush gold Flashbrite back with fingers to form head hackle, trying to keep an even spread of material around the head of fly to ensure no 'bald' bits

Step 11 Whip finish head and apply varnish

Allan Liddle

Based in Moray in Scotland's North East, Allan has specialises with the wild trout from the rivers and burns, lochs and lochans throughout Mainland Scotland and the Isles. A strong passion for fishing simple dries he feels there's nothing better than to see the fish take off the top, but isn't slow to fish a range of different styles when mood or conditions dictate. Although trout is his first love Allan occasionally chases the Salmon, Grayling stocked fish and even dabbles in salt water when the chance arises.

Allan has also represented Scotland at international level, is a GAIA qualified trout instructor and a has been a regular contributor to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine for almost twenty years. Allan’s love of fly tying spans almost thirty years and has been a regular at many tying demonstrations and work shops prior to, and since joining the Partridge Pro-Team in 2013.

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