I must admit I have been a little slow in completing my next tutorial but the main distraction being fishing itself I’m sure you will all forgive me. And to help make up for the delay then look on this as a kind of ‘two for the price of one’ (or like busses wait ages and two come along at once) as I’m detailing the dressings on a couple of Perdigon style nymphs that have worked very well for me this summer.
This year’s been unusual with such a long hot dry period which forced me off my favoured rivers as the water temperature was simply too high meaning you ran the real danger of killing fish you caught.
The high temperatures also played havoc with our fly life with undoubtedly a lot of them dying which in turn meant that when the water did cool down (in late August) and it was safe to return to the rivers, the hatches were still pretty thin and fish were certainly slow to respond to surface activity (or at least they were in the North East of Scotland).
But fishing those fast deeper pockets with nymphs was both very productive and very enjoyable especially after whatever contributed to any form of fresh rainfall which to be honest was extremely sparse making little to no difference to any water heights but enough to help the fish ‘switch on’ for periods.
As those who know me will attribute my much preferred approach is with dries, but I also recognise the skill set required in order to fish other styles effectively and river nymphing is certainly one of these. Again those who know me would say I love the visual aspect of the sport the most which is the ultimate attraction to fishing on (or in) the surface, but I do like to watch an indicator fly when fishing ‘Duo’ or an indicator section on a nymph leader when searching the pocket water and deeper runs, besides I’m a great believer that change is as good as a rest, keeps you from becoming repetitive and stale.
So this takes me nicely to the flies themselves and although I would get away with a very limited selection for each style, I do like to experiment with ‘new’ patterns with these little nymphs certainly fitting that bill.
Perdigon style nymphs are very effective and the tying style very simple (my favourite type of fly tying) and I think it’s great to experiment with colours and shapes in order to see how these interact with the fish, sometimes by simply using fanciful colour combinations (flies to attract anglers not fish?) sometimes with a distinct effect in mind.
Using multi-coloured embroidery thread can give you either fanciful or imitative depending on how you apply it, in this case I’ve gone for both, the darker fly purely working as an attractor, the lighter one aimed at being more in line with a hatching light olive nymph, but in truth I’m probably just kidding myself and the fish are hitting them because they’re in the right places and are attracted by the sparkle? Either way I can say that these both work and work well and through the latter stages of this season have been my first pick nymphs when on running water so only fair I share them out with you all.
Hope these are as successful for you guys or at the very least inspire some creative thinking with the threads on your own experiments.
Hook: Partridge Sproat G3A size 12-16 (also works well on Partridge Patriot K4AY-SE Barbless Grub s 14-16 and Partridge Patriot SLJ Wide Gape Jig s 16-18)
Thread: Colour choice of thread from Maderia Metallic Astro 2 Embroidery Range (Uni Micro-tinsel is a similar product and you can get some very effective results from this also)
Bead: Countersunk tungsten bead colour of choice (I like silver) and size to suit hook
Tail: Small pinch of nylon paint brush fibres (Coc-de-leon fibres also very good, I like the nylon fibres as they are very robust)
Varnish: Betfor UV resin low viscosity (Veniard)
Step 1 Load hook with bead and catch in thread
Step 2 Catch in tail fibres
Step 3 Run thread down hook to secure tail and take a turn below tail fibres to angle them up slightly
Step 4 form body with thread
Step 5 Seal body with 1st light coat of UV Varnish ensuring an even spread around the hook to form 'teardrop' shape
Step 6 Set UV varnish
Step 7 Form thorax cover with pantone pen
Step 8 Apply second coat of UV varnish
Step 9 Set varnish to complete fly