Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Paul's January 2017 Fly of the Month

Pliva Perdigon Nymph

Hook:  Nymph Hook of choice Size #12-#16. 
Bead:  Copper, silver or gold tungsten 2.3 to 3.3 mm tungsten bead.
Additional Weight:  0.015” lead wire.
Tail:  Coq de leon fibers.
Body and thread:  Olive Veevus body quill.
Rib:   Chartreuse Veevus 140D power thread.
Hot Spot:  Fluorescent orange thread.
Wing case:  Black nail polish.
Finish:  UV resin.
Varnish:  Hard as nails.
This fly is originated from Spanish fly fishers and is very popular with “euro-nymphers”.  Why?  Well it sinks like a rock and gets down fast, one of the important factors in euro-nymphing.  There is no dubbing or hackle fibers to slow its decent in the water. 
Begin by placing your bead on the hook.  Immediately behind the bead wrap your lead wire.  Make 3-4 wraps with your lead and slide it tight behind the bead.  Move it right behind the bead to hold it in place.  Start your Veevus body quill thread behind the lead.  Tie in your coq de leon fibers for your tail.  Next, tie in your chartreuse rib.  Form a tapered body with your body quill.  Tie it off behind the bead.  Start your fluorescent orange thread behind the eye.  Using even wraps, rib the fly with your chartreuse thread. Tie and cut it off.  Wrap and form your hot spot with your orange fluorescent thread.  Whip finish and cut off.  With black nail polish paint a wing case on the top of the fly.  Coat the entire fly with UV resin, then harden the finish with your UV lamp.  Finally, coat the entire fly with “Hard as Nails” clear polish.  This will help prevent your UV resin from clouding or cracking. 
Devin Olsen of Fly Tying 123 has a great instructional video on how to tie this fly at below:

The video and instructions on how to tie this fly can also be viewed at .  If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a Fly of The Month I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or e-mail me at .