Olive Perdigon Nymph Step By Step

Perdigon nymphs have become one of my favourite flies to tie over the last year. originated from Spain, these mini bullet look flies have fast become nymphs that have found a home in many anglers fly boxes. The thing I love the most about them is that the list is endless for the different colour variations you can tie them in. You can use all manner of materials like Trans Brite, tinsles and my favourite, polish quills! 

Invented by Spanish competition Anglers these flies are designed to be fished in fast flowing rivers and sink very quickly. When fishing with perdigons I set up with a 10ft 4wt rod, a French leader and either 2 perdigons or a Perdigon on the point and a lighter nymph such as a simple hares ear just above, I’ve found this to be the most productive in recent outings. 

Below I have put together a simple step by step on how I tie a Perdigon nymph. 

Hook – Partridge Wide Gape Jig size 16 

Thread – Textreme Lemon 8/0

Tail – coq de Leon 

Bead – slotted nickel 3.0 

Body – Oliver Trans-Brite 

Collar – Textreme Fluo hot orange 

UV resin – Deer creek fine 

Step 1 

Place the hook in the vice and secure the bead in place with thread wraps. 

Step 2 

Take your thread down to the bend of the hook with touching turns. 

Step 3 

Take some coq de Leon and catch ontop of the hook shank, you want your tail to be approximately as long as the body. 

Step 4

Run your thread back towards the bead and catch in one strand of trans Brite. 

Step 5 

 Wind your trans Brite down to the tail, then create a nice tapered body by going back and forth. Trans Brite is quite a stretchy material, with it being transparent the more you wind it over it’s self the darker it gets so you can taper your body to get the look of the invertebrates that you find in the river! 

Secure in place and whip finish. 

Step 6 

I like to add an orange collar, not massive just a little one. Just enough to cover where you have whip finished.

Step 7 

Make another whip finish and then apply uv resin, a nice tapered coat is what your looking for. 

A quick zap with a uv torch and you’re good to go. When I tie with resin I like to leave the flies on a windowsill during the day to make sure they go rock hard then into the fly box they go! 
I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year, 

Tight lines and I hope to see many of you at shows or on the water in 2019



Black and Green Quill Nymph 

Although we’re already almost half way through January, happy new year! I’ve had a great start to the new year with some fishing thrown in and lots of fly tying. 

Last week I fished with one of my very good friends Lisa Isles. We ventured out in some horrific wind In persute of some stocked rainbow trout at Barnsfold Trout Fishery. Take a look at her blog Here to see how we faired. 

Over this winter I’ve been doing lots of fly tying in preparation for up coming shows. I’m so excited to be tying on the famous fly tyers row at the British Fly Fair, at Stafford on the 10th & 11th Of February. It’s a huge honour to be asked to tie amongst some of the worlds finest fly dressers. 

I will also be making a trip toThe London Fly Fair in March, 23rd & 24th. where again I will be tying some of my favourite river nymphs and dry flies. 

If you can, make sure you come along to these shows. I can’t recommend these events enough if you’ve just started fly tying. I have, and still do learn so much from the endless talent that is on 

Here is a little step by step to how I like to tie the black and green quill Nymph. 

Materials – 

Hook – Partridge Standard Dry size 14/16/18 

Bead – black tungsten to suit hook 

Thread – Gordon Griffiths Sheer 14/0, Green/Olive 

Tail – Coq De Leon 

Body – Polish Quill Green 

Thorax – Hends rabbit fur in green (code K, 26) 

UV coating – Deer Creek Fine UV resin 

Step 1:

Place the bead on the hook and secure the hook in the vice. 

Step 2: 

Start your tying thread off, secure the bead in place and run down to just before the bend of the hook. 

Catch in 5/6 Coq De Leon fibres and trim away the waste. 

Step 3: 

Catch in the quill, I like to run my tying thread back towards the bead and tidy up a bit and create a nice tapered body for the quill to lay on, it’s important, that when tying with quill to have a nice flat base to bring the quill up on, to achive this I spin my thread so it opens up and lays flat, this making a nice smooth body. 

Step 4: 

Grap your hackle pliers and wind the quill up, ensuring you leave no gaps! You should end up with a nice segmented body on the fly. 

Step 5: 

I like to make a half hitch or a whip finish so that I can apply uv resin or super glue to the fly. 

I don’t like to use too much resin as I like these nymphs to have a nice skinny but tapered profile.

Apply your resin and cure. 

Step 6: 

I like to make a sparse but “buggy” thorax, I find that the Hends rabbit fur gives a great look and finish to this fly. 

You can fish this fly in a number of ways, as a team of a two or three cast set up or on the dropper when fishing the duo or trio! 

Llyn Clywedog, 29/10/2017, New Personal Best! 

Llyn Clywedog, 29/10/2017, New Personal Best! 

Having just qualified to represent England in next years Internationl which will be held at Llyn Clywedog in Wales. Having never fished the reservoir I thought it would be handy to have a trip down and get a feel for the place. Me and my dad made the three hour journey on what was a beautiful autumn Sunday. 

Clywedog is located in mid Wales, surrounded by stunning scenery, the drive over the hills is quite breathtaking really. 

We arrived, purchased our permits and got tackled up and got down to business. I set up with a 12ft leader and fished the washing line method with a fab on the point and two nymphs above. 

For our first drift I took us up to the Christmas trees, after our first drift nothing much was happening and we felt we weren’t in the right place, so we went just round the corner from the lodge, and started a drift near the cages. 

The drouge went out, first cast out and that’s when all hell broke loose. My line went tight and I hooked into what felt like a brick. Then a shake of a head, I knew this was a big fish. 

The trout went airbourn twice and it was then we saw just how big the fish was. Amazingly I managed to keep my cool and not rush playing the fish. It was like pulling in a bin liner. It had taken the fab on the point. With the help of my dad, it was in the net! 

Wow, I’ve never had the pleasure of hooking into a big fish like this, it certainly gets the heart going!! 

It’s so important to let a fish recover in the net after a scrap, so after it recoverd we got a quick snap and let it go, that is one for the memory book! 

When me and my dad go fishing we always have a little competition, i had a 2-1 lead just before we called it a day. He only went and levelled it at 2-2. So it finished all square. Although, I do have the bragging rights for this trip 😉 

Clywedog is a lovely fishery with great staff, I can’t wait to return soon for some more top sport! 

Grayling On The Dries! 

On Wednesday evening after work I ventured out for a fish to my local river, The Calder. It’s been a funny old season for me and I’ll be honest I’ve found trout hard to come by when I’ve been fishing. I know they are there because I’ve seen them! Grayling on the other hand.. now I love grayling, I do. However when all I want is to catch some trout they just can’t help them selves to my flies. 

As I arrived at the bank of the river I made the decision to set up my new Marryat Tactical Pro with my French leader and two of my favourite jigs that I’ve had success with the trout previously. 

Below are the flies what I set up with. 

Jig 1 – PTN With a little orange hot spot. 

Hook – Partridge SUJ Jig size 16 

Tail – coq de Leon 

Tag/butt – orange glo brite 

Body – pheasant tail fibres 

Rib – silver wire

Thorax – hares ear 

Bead – slotted tungsten to suit hook size 
Jig 2 – scruffy hears ear 

Hook – Partridge Wide Gape Jig #18 

Tail 1 – coq de Leon 

Tail/tag 2 – glo brite orange 

Body – hares ear 

Rib – mirage tinsel 

Thorax – hares ear

Bead- slotted tungsten to suit hook size 
As the evening went on I was having luck with the nymphs but only catching grayling.  There were a few fish rising in the next pool up so I decided on a change to a dry fly. Off came the jigs and on went a single parachute dry. 

All ready to catch some trout, I knew where I was going to cast the fly, right where there should be trout, nice bubbly water. A perfect holding spot. 

The cast was made, the fly was taken, another grayling! Never mind I thought. I’ll get them next time. 

Just a short story for you to get back into the swing of things. You can expect more blogs, fishing videos, flies from me soon. 
This weekend I am planning to do some fishing but I’m not sure where yet. Maybe a river near you? After that i will be preparing for the ladies National which is at Pitsford water this year where I will hope to qualify for the England Ladies Team for 2018. 

Tight lines 🎣🎣

Tying a Olive CDC Up-wing Dry Fly

As the rivers across the country open up for the trout season we still have a little bit longer to wait in Yorkshire,  as they don’t kick off until the 25th march. Not too much longer though! 

In anticipation of the season to get rolling, I’ve been filling the last few remaining gaps in my fly boxes. The latest batches have been some CDC upwing dry flies. 

See below how I tie this fly! 

Materials used ; 

Hook – Partridge  Standard Dry #14 

Thread – Gordon Griffith Sheer thread 14/0 Olive 

Tail – two coq de Leon fibres 

Body – Polish Quills Stripped Quill, Olive 

Wing – two CDC plumes 

Thorax – hares ear dubbing

UV resin – Deer Creek Diamond Hard (optional) 


Step 1 – secure the hook in the vice and proceed to start your thread. 

Step 2 – 

Don’t cut off the waste piece of tying thread as you’ll need that to split the tail of the fly in the next step! 

Run the thread down the hook to the bend, making sure the tag end of the thread stays as straight as you can keep it on top of the hook shank! 

Step 3 – 

Tie in the two strands of Coq De Leon, to split them what I do is get them in the position I want them to stay in, then bring the end of the tying thread through the middle of them to create a V shape. 

Catch the thread in and take it back towards the eye of the hook. 

Step 4 – 

Marry up 2 CDC feathers, place on top of the hook and secure with your thread. 

I like my wings to be about as long as the hook shank when you bend them back. 

Step 5 – 

Secure the CDC in place and trim away the waste end of the feathers.

Tidy up and run the thread back down towards the tail. 

Step 6 – 

Tie in the stripped quill, take the thread back toward the wing creating a nice flat surface for the quill to wind on to, note, to achieve the flattest surface for the quill I spin my thread to ensure when I’m winding the thread around the shank it’s lying flat. Once you have a nice tapered body your happy with take your hackle pliers and bring the quill up toward the wing. 

Step 7 – 

At this stage of the fly to protect the quill you can add a dab of UV resin over it or, what I sometimes do is just add some super glue over the top. 

In this instance I have added a coat of Deer Creek Diamond Hard UV Resin. 

Step 8 –

If you’ve chosen to use uv resin cure it with your light. Once that is done grab some hares ear. Not too much as you don’t want to bulk up the fly. Dub it onto the fly and whip finish. 

And that’s it! Ready to rock and roll and tempt some wild brownies come the 25th!! 

As many of you will know Wojtek and his friend Arek from Polish Quils were involved in a terrible, terrible car accident in New Zealand. I would just like to add I wish them both a very quick recovery and I send all my best wishes to both of them and their families at this tough time 

How To Tie a Quill Nymph

Now, if you follow me on social media you’ll know that I love a fly that is tied with stripped quill. There’s just something I love about the stuff, the way it has that segmented look when the fly is finished and it’s an easy material to work with and I use them on both nymphs and dries. They come in all different colours so what’s not to love?

On this particular occasion I’m going to show you how I use the quills to tie a simple yet very, very effective river nymph pattern. So here’s how I tie it.

You’ll need the following;
Hook – Partridge Standard Dry size 12/14/16/18/20
Thread – preferred tying thread – brown/tan
Bead – silver/copper to fit hook
Tail – coq de Leon fibres
Body – polish quills preferred colour
Thorax – hares ear
U.V resin – Deer Creek Diamond Hard

Step 1 –  

Put the hook in the vice with the bead at the eye of the hook ready to start your tying thread. Secure the bead with the thread. 

Step 2 – 

Run the thread down the hook to the bend and tie in some Coq De Leon fibres. 

Step 3 – 

At this point I like to spin the tying thread so it lays flat when tying materials in. Especially quills as you need a nice flat tapered under body of thread for the quill to lie on.

Take your stripped quill and as your looking at it the black strip on the quill should be on the bottom of the quill and the colour of the quill on the top, in order to achieve the segmented look to the fly. Tie in the quill and proceed to build up a tapered body. 

Step 4 – 

Take your hackle pliers and grab the quill and wind up the hook shank towards the bead making sure you don’t overlap the turns. 

Step 5 – lock in the quill with a couple of turns and make a half hitch so you can varnish and cure the fly with UV resin. 

Step 6 – 

Once you have cured the fly take your hares ear and dub on your thorax, I don’t like to over do it with the dubbing as I like my nymphs quite sparse. 

Step 7 –

Whip finish your fly and pick out the dubbing to make it look scruffy. 

And that’s it! A simple fly but very effective. The beauty of it is you can vary the look of it by changing the colour of the quills and bead. I always make sure I have plenty of these flies when I’m on the river. 

I like to fish it with two methods, it’s a good fly to use when fishing the duo method for searching out fish in pocket water. I also use it when fishing the French leader as a lighter fly above the point fly. 
I hope you enjoyed this blog! And I hope to be out fishing soon so I can share my adventures! 

Tight lines 🙂 

How To Tie The Olive Jig 

The olive jig is one of my favourite nymph patterns. I’ve found it effective on my local river in the early stages of the trout season and it is responsible for my personal best wild river brownie. 

When I first started fly tying only about 3 years ago,  I use to spend my evenings searching the internet in search of patterns I could attempt. Whilst watching YouTube videos I stumbled across well known angler and brilliant fly tyer Steffan Jones, and his Olive Jig Nymph after seing his creation i wanted to attempt the pattern. 

I took to my vice and set about to tie the nymph, The first few weren’t brilliant but  put them in my box and took them to try on the river. As all fly tyers know, the joy of catching a fish on a fly you’ve tied never gets old. 

It wasn’t until I was tying at my first fly tying event at Fly Only in Huddersfield where i was talking to highly experienced angler and fly tyer Alex Jardine. He suggested to add an orange tag to the fly which made it look even more appealing ( if your a trout!) 

So here’s a step by step on how I tie my version of the Olive Jig. 

Materials used;

Hook – Partridge of Redditch jig hook #18 

Thread – UNI -thread 8/0 camel (or brown) 

Bead – slotted tungsten 3.0

Tail 1 – glo Brite – orange

Tail 2 – Coq De Leon fibres 

Body – trans brite (olive) 

Thorax – hares ear (the really spikey bits!!) 
Step 1 – 

Pop the bead onto the hook and secure it in your vice. 

Step 2 – 

Set your thread off and secure the bead in place so it doesn’t move about. 

Step 3 – 

Run the thread down the hook, stopping just befor the bend. At this point catch in the glo brite. 

Step 4 – 

I like to cut off the glo brite at this point leaving a tag end, not too big though! 

Step 5 – 

Step 5 is adding tail 2, the Coq De Leon fibres, I like to use 5/6 of them, you don’t need too many as Coq De Leon is lovely and robust! 

Step 6 – 

Take your tying thread back up towards the bead of the eye where you can catch in the trans brite. 

Step 7 – 

At this point I take the 1 strand of trans brite and wind it down with touching turns until I reach the bottom, where I work my way back up creating a nice tapered body to the fly. As Steffan notes in his video,  the more times you go over with trans brite the darker it gets as it’s a transparent material so you can taper the fly to get darker as your working your way back towards the bead. 

Step 8 – 

The fly is almost done. All that is left to do is add the thorax, for this I use the spikiest hears ear dubbing I can find, gathering some (not too much) and dubbing it onto the tying thread. Then winding it around to create a spiky thorax. 

Step 9 – whip finish and add a dab of varnish to secure the thread. At this point you could tease out some of the dubbing. And it’s done! Ready to fish! 

Thanks to Steffan Jones and Alex Jardine with your helpful advice on this patten that is a proven fish catcher! 
Tight lines. I’m