Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Perdigons

It's been really cold here lately and I've been sick so I have been doing a little tying over the holidays.  I was looking for some small but heavy nymphs that I could fish with my Euro rig in the late fall and winter when the nymphs tend to be small.  I ran across some Spanish style nymphs called perdigons.  These little "pellets" (perdigon in Spanish) are nothing more than an over sized tungsten bead, thread, and UV resin and the are quite dense for their size.  I've been fishing these a little this past fall and found them to good in situations where you want to fish a small nymph deep.   Here are some variations I've been experimenting with.

Frenchie Perdigon
Rusty brown UTC 70Dn thread
Coq de loen tail
Hends brown body quill
XS copper wire rib
Fire orange Uni thread hot spot
3.0mm Tungsten copper bead
black nail polish wing case
Hends 254 #16/18 hook


Olive Perdigon
Yellow olive UTC 70Dn thread
Coq de loen tail
Hends dark olive body quill
XS gold wire rib
Fire orange Uni thread hot spot
3.0mm Tungsten copper bead
black nail polish wingcase
Hends 254 #16/18hook

Olive Quill Perdigon
Yellow olive UTC 70Dn thread
Coq de loen tail
olive peacock quill
Fire orange Uni thread hot spot
3.0mm Tungsten black bead
Hends 254 #16/18 hook
This last one is a little experimental where I tried to use midge flash as the hot spot.  If you have any suggestions for a name you can include it in the comments.

No-name Perdigon
black UTC 70Dn thread
Coq de loen tail
XS silver wire rib
Red midge flash hot spot
2.5mm Tungsten black bead
Hends 354 #18 hook
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10 comments:

  1. Mark
    Excellent work at the vice; I could see either pattern taking trout in the dead of winter or late fall---the "Buckhead" is what I will call the last midge because of the oversize head---looking forward to a report--thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - thanks. Other then the Frenchie which I fished in PA in Nov, the rest are unproven for now.

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  2. Mark , I really like the looks of these flies. Slow and deep in the breeches would be sweet. I really like the third one I've . had a lot of luck with an olive quill nymph over the years thanks for the post.

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    1. Brad - I had one particular run in mind on the "breeches". I fished the Frenchie there back in Nov and caught a wild brown. I've been messing with another olive quill with the UV resin and a dubbed peacock collar. Stay tuned!

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  3. Mark
    They look real good. Nice ties. I like then Frenchie.

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    1. Thanks Pete - I've caught a lot of fish on a number of frenchie variations.

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  4. Nice work I have noticed that white beads have been particularly effective this last year. Also have a very happy new year.

    Andy

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  5. Loving these. They scream "winter nymphing."

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Casting Across - that's what I was thinking, in fact the last one was some fooling around with something in the "zebra midge mold" for winter fishing but I think a smaller silver bead would be a better choice

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