The October fly of the month from PRO-Team member Paul Procter is the Beaded Biot Nymph. You can read up on the September Fly of the Month by clicking here!

Hook: Partridge jig size 12-16
Thread: Olive 14/0 Sheer
Tail: Coq-de-Leon
Abdomen: Dyed olive turkey biot
Thorax: Peacock ice-dud
Head: 2 to 2.5mm slotted tungsten bead

This generic nymph can be dressed in various sizes and colours to suit your own needs. Obviously a size 14 or 16 olive bodied pattern sporting a dark bead is well suited to copying the many baetis nymphs found in our rivers.  A size 12 fly using a mahogany biot is more than suggestive of stoneclinger nymphs that frequent the faster parts of a stream.

Whilst biots are more commonly used for stonefly nymph tailing fibres or the wing buds on buzzer patterns they've great value when wound as a body on smaller nymphs. In fact with one raised edge these make the most spectacular segmented bodies not just on nymphs but dries too. Of course, as right handed tiers, we need to take a biot from the right wing of a turkey or goose to achieve the correct profile. Conversely those who dress flies left handed should take a fibre from a left wing.

Flecked and almost transparent Coq-de-Leon feathers make great tailing fibres and are nigh on indestructible too. A layer of varnish over the thread base prior to winding the herl body helps make this more durable.  A pair of hackle pliers provide a great purchase when forming this body and help achieve nice even turns. 

Depending on whether you opt for a bright bead, or one with a subdued finish, determines what colour of thorax is best. If using a gold or copper bead then I'll select a sombre shade of dubbing. When incorporating a black or gunmetal coloured bead, something with a hint of flash, or a little more garish like orange or pink makes an attractive alternative.



Paul Procter

A resident of the Lake District, AAPGAI Master and Wild Trout Trust Vice-President Paul Procter is a dedicated fly fisher. With 30 years experience on rivers, lakes and tropical saltwater fly fishing, Paul is a leading contributor to the UK’s premier publications-Trout and Salmon and its sister magazine-Trout Fisherman.

A talented and innovative fly tyer, Paul’s flies have become recognised as a signature for his many articles. Having spent the last decade travelling extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and Southern Hemisphere, he has gained a wealth of knowledge on many of the celebrated rivers and streams with an intimate understanding of fly hatches and their imitations required to tempt fish. In turn this has allowed him to develop specialist patterns with the opportunity to field test hook models on a range of fish species and ultimately provide valuable feedback. However, having fished the far corners of the globe, his abiding love remains the light line approach on intimate Northern streams, fishing North Country spiders (soft hackled flies) and dry flies. Here the rivers offer such diversity that Paul has honed all fishing disciplines on systems like the Eden, Wharf and Ure.

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