‘Calon lan yn llawn daioni’; part of a very famous Welsh hymn and one that shares the name of my favourite sea trout fly, the daioni with daioni literally meaning ‘goodness’. I created this fly back around the turn of the century, whilst demonstrating fly tying at the Royal Welsh Show of all places. It has evolved slightly since then, but what it is meant to achieve has not changed at all – a large, rounded profile and silhouette, yet is light and easy to cast with plenty of mobility.

This is probably my most prolific pattern throughout the season and has accounted for sea trout into double figures. However, it is particularly effective when the main shoals of school fish arrive in July, especially as these smaller fish love chasing and intercepting flies around the surface film. It was created specifically as a dropper pattern and can be fished with a slimmer profile single, double or even a tube fly beyond it on the point.

The key to a good selection of sea trout fly patterns is to have them in various lengths and profiles. Think of their key food items at sea – their last feeding memory – where sandeels, pin-fry, crabs, shrimps and more all appeared on their table. Think then of the silhouette these food items create; a silhouette of a shrimp is very different to that of a sandeel. As such, you should try and cover all these food items and best of all cover two very different lengths and profiles whilst fishing two flies at a time. For me the daioni is the perfect dropper pattern and covers a very wide profile, much the same as that of a shrimp, perhaps.

It can be fished on a full floater and fished right in the surface film or fished deeper on an intermediate line etc. it can work at all depths. However, it definitely works best when fished closer to the surface and in the surface film, especially on the mild, balmy nights of July and August.

Daioni tying ingredients

Hook: Partridge streamer (D4AF) size 6 or 8

Thread: Veevus 8/0 black

Body: medium silver holographic tinsel

Rib: silver wire

Body hackle: white cock hackle, palmered

Wing: black squirrel

Head hackle: Nature's spirit grizzly collaring hackle in flu.blue

 

Step by step video of dressing the daioni can be found by clicking here!

Steffan Jones

Steffan Jones was born and raised on the prime sea-trout rivers of West Wales. As such, fishing has been his addiction since the age of four. Today, he is easily recognised as an authority concerning all things ‘sea trout’. His expertise is obvious in his writing, guiding, and demonstrations that include both fishing and fly tying. With Steffan's passion for innovation, and the exciting new products coming from Partridge, he is a logical choice to have as a Pro Team member. If you are lucky, you may find Steffan casting for sea trout on his home rivers or in South America where he visits most winters. When he is not busy with his own fishing career, he also runs his fishing travel company, Angling-Worldwide (www.anglingworldwide.com), guiding on the rivers Teifi and Towy in West Wales. In addition, he works for Aardvark McLeod, a sporting travel specialist (www.aardvarkmcleod.com) specialising in fishing holidays abroad, which has taken him to many far flung destinations where he puts the Partridge hook range to the ultimate test. With the many casting, tying, and fishing accolades accredited to him, we're pleased and proud to have Steffan as part of the Partridge Pro-Team. We are excited to see how he will apply his unique skills to the Partridge range of hooks.

 

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