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Spanish perdigone nymphs have recently been an increasingly popular group of flies. They can be relatively

easy to tie. And they are very effective for European style nymphing on different types of waters. Especially on

very small - size 16 and 18 jig hooks.





Material list:
Thread: Orange floss
Head: Tungsten silver bead, size 2.8 or 3.0
Hook: Hends BL 120 jig hook or similar type, size 16 - 18
Body: Black floss or similar thread
Rib: Pink or pearl tinsel
Tag: Orange floss
Collar: Orange floss
Tail: Coq de Leon
Resin: UV Resin Deer Creek


1. Place the jig hook with a slotted silver tungsten bead in the vice. You can use gold or pink color too. But silver

bead is the most effective perdigones color for me. The best hooks are jigs in sizes 16 or 18. Bigger nymphs are

not so efficient.




2. Create a tail from Coq de Leon fibers. Do not bind it to the bend of the hook. The tail should be 1 - 1.5x longer

than the fly body.




3. Create a small orange tag at the end of the fly.




4. Attach the pearl or pink tinsel and the black thread.




5. Finish the fly's body with the orange thread. It should be tapered. I use a little bit thicker thread. It is easier and

faster to shape the body with it.




6. Create a black body with the thread. Tie it from the orange tag to the neck of the fly and fix it with the orange





7. Rib the black body with pink or silver tinsel. Fix it with thread behind the tungsten head.




8. Complete the neck with orange thread. Whip finish the fly.




9. For the perdigone nymphs tapered varnished body‘s are characteristic. That adds a load to them and gives

them their characteristic glassy appearance. On the market there are some various UV resins. My favorite is

Diamond Fine from Deer Creek. This UV resin is fast, glass clear and without any residual tacks. Apply the UV

glue carefully and from all sides with a thin needle to fly's body. Wait a few seconds - if the paint soaks into the

thread, put it in a thin layer on these sites again.




10. I prefer a rotary vice for tying these flies. If the fly´s body is entire covered with varnish, check its shape. Rotate

with the fly and harden the UV resin coating with a UV torch. Exposure time is determined by the manufacturer.

At Deer Creek it is usually about 24 seconds. If the varnish does not stick, UV hardening is completed. And the

fly is done!




These flies are very small and heavily loaded . It is very deadly combination. This helps flies to get quickly to the

bottom where trouts or graylings are feeding. I use them usually for nymphing with French long leader in combination

with other jigs, Czech nymphs or similar perdigones patterns. And I use them on my local river all the year round.





If you have not met with perdigones on jigs hooks yet, try them! There are many patterns on the Internet by which

you can get inspired. Here are some more.


Perdigone nymph 2




Perdigone nymph 3




Perdigone nymph 4




Tight lines!


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Nice back story to go with the fly tutorial. Good pictures, good patterns, and that stream is beautiful. Thank you, and welcome to the site, Petr.

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