Hook: Hanak Jig Hook Sizes #12 to #16 (or Jig Hook of choice).
Bead: Slotted Silver Tungsten (typically 2.3 mm bead for size #16, 2.8 mm for size #14, and 3.3 mm for size #12). (I’ll also use an Orange or Copper bead when I tie this Perdigon.)
Thread: Veevus 16/0 Fluorescent Orange.
Lead Wire: 0.015” for size #16 and 0.020 for sizes #14 & #12.
Tail: Barbs of Coq de Leon fibers
Body: 1 Strand of Krystal Flash Fluorescent Orange (tied into form a loop).
Collar/Hot Spot: Orange Fluorescent Thread.
Wing Pad: Black Nail Polish.
Finish: Solarez Bone Dry, or Hard as Hull, or finish of choice.
I’ve had great success fishing ‘Perdigon’ type flies. Perdigons usually consist of tinsel & thread covered with UV resin or ‘Hard as Hull’ finisher. With no legs they sink fast and boy are they productive.
To tie this fly, begin by placing your bead on the hook. Behind it take 3 wraps of Lead Wire. Slide the wraps firmly against the bead. Remove all Lead ‘tag ends’. Cover the wraps with your Fluorescent Orange Thread. Bring your thread back to the end of the hook shank near the bend. Next, tie in 3 fibers of Coq de Leon Fibers for your tail. They should be approximately a hook shank length behind the bend.
You’re now going to tie in a strand of Fluorescent Orange Krystal Flash. Tie it in by it’s 2 tips forming a loop, making 1 strand into 2. Wrap back to where the Coq de Leon fibers begin. The loop should protrude off the back of the fly. Place the loop in a dubbing tool and twist it into a single rope. Wrap your Krystal Flash forward creating a slim body silhouette. Tie it off behind the bead and cut off the tag end. Take additional wraps with your thread behind the bead to create a ‘hot spot’. Whip finish and cut off the ‘tag’ end of your thread. Your not going to take Black Nail Polish and create a ‘Wing Pad’. Dab it on top of the bead and hot spot. Let the nail polish dry. Now, coat the fly with UV Resin or ‘Hard as Hull’ finisher. I like to use ‘Solarez Bone Dry’.
There is a great instructional video on how to tie this fly below by the Tactical Fly Fisher:
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