Perdigon is Spanish for a shot, which is very descriptive for this style of tying flies. Spanish fishers created this particular type of nymphs for competitions in their local streams. The flies are recognized by the oversized bead, lots of colors, and the UV Resin-covered body. We will now tie the Peacock Perdigon nymph.
Materials for Peacock Perdigon
|Silver 3.2 mm
|Coq de Leon
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Slideshow on How To Tie a Peacock Perdigon
Step 1 – Tie in the Tail and Build up the Body
Start by putting the oversized tungsten bead onto the hook. To fix the bead in position and add more weight, make a few wraps with lead wire and push this towards the bead. This will set the bead in a fixed position between the hook’s eye and the lead wire. Tie in your tying thread and make even wraps until the thread is in line with the hook’s barb. Tie in 3 to 5 fibers of Coq de Leon for the tail. The tail on a Perdigon fly pattern should be approximately half of the hook shank’s length. Tie in the Peacock/Orange Mylar Tinsel with the orange side facing up. Build up a tapered body and take your tying thread back to the bead.
Step 2 – Create the Body
Tie in the orange tying thread and remove the black tying thread. Make touching turns with the Mylar Tinsel. When wrapping the tinsel, it will turn upside-down. So, the peacock-colored side should be on top as you tied the orange side up. Tie off the tinsel and make a hot spot. The size of the hot spot should be a bit smaller than the bead. Complete with a whip finish or a few half-hitches. Cover the body with UV Resin. Use a needle to make sure that the full body is covered before using the UV torch to set the resin.
How to Fish the Peacock Perdigon
Perdigon nymphs are heavy and streamlined, allowing them to dive deep down in even fast-flowing rivers. The fast diving will enable you to use shorter casts and drifts and be more precise in presenting the fly to the fish. The UV body makes the nymphs long-lasting.