Perdigón Flies


Perdigón flies seem interesting.

I first heard about them from competition fly fishermen. As I’ve written before, I think there’s much to be learned from people who compete and try to catch the most fish and the biggest fish (video here).

A Perdigón fly hails from anglers in Europe, and it often is used by tightline (or Euro-nymphing) anglers. They’re designed to sink quickly into the strike zone. And, they’re very durable.

So, I’ve been making some, and I’m finding that they’re super-easy to tie. A tail, a thread body, wire for segmentation (or, not), and a thread hot spot collar.

Then, you put on some epoxy to fill out and harden the fly. It also gives a nice glow to everything. I use Loon UV Finish, the thick kind. I put on the goop, smoothen it with a bodkin, and hit it all with a UV flashlight. Last, add a dot from a Sharpie pen to denote a wing case. Easy.

I’ll let you know how it goes when I fish them this autumn.


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7 thoughts on “Perdigón Flies

  1. What I find interesting is that the black spot (wing case) would end up on the bottom of the fly when using jig style hooks. Maybe it just serves as a big color contrast??

    1. True. I think color contrast is a huge strike trigger, as bugs tend to have darker thoraxes and lighter bellies.

      Also, I read in an article that the wing case ridding on the bottom of of a jig-style hook shouldn't matter much. The flies in swift current are getting tossed around anyways, the author asserted.

    2. Also, I just noticed that the flies in the above photo are tied on regular hooks, not the jig-style ones. So, the wing case would be riding on top.

      When I tie these flies on the competition-style jig hooks, I just put the Sharpie dot on the the side where the hook point is; so, theoretically, those wing cases would be riding up top, too.

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