This weeks Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Jim Lees, it's the BWO Wet Fly!

With the rivers being so low and the weather still relatively mild we're lucky enough to have some dry fly fishing to start off the Grayling season. For the parts of the day where there's no surface activity however the low water levels are meaning the more standard nymphing techniques we usually employ restrict the areas of the river we can effectively cover without constantly catching the bottom or cleaning weed off our flies.

The most effective way I've found to fish these conditions is to use a lighter metal beaded nymph instead of the usual tungsten and pair it with a wet fly on the dropper of a two fly cast. The lighter flies keep more of the river open to us and with the fish not yet hard on the bottom I've found this wet fly to be the main "catching" fly.

BWO Wet Fly Materials:

Hook: Partridge of Redditch Wet Heavy Supreme G3AL #18
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 30D White
Tail: Md Dun Hen Hackle Fibres
Body: Olive Pheasant Tail
Wing: Starling
Hackle: Md Dun Hen
Head: Tying thread coloured with Olive Marker


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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