This week is kind of a re-visit to a fly I did a few weeks ago; the Partridge & Yellow. Although, this week it is the Partridge & Orange and the Partridge & Green (or Chartreuse in this case). The reason for this is that I wanted to show that you do not have to have the more “traditional” materials to make a fish worthy fly. Often as tiers we get caught up in doing “just so” when actually we can get by with what materials we already have and not feel like we have to run out and buy the exact materials used in the video or on the website or in the book. The Partridge & _____ (filling the blank) group of flies have been productive flies for decades but keep in mind the reason the silk thread was used in making these flies so many years ago is because they did not have the modern threads we have today. That said, it is fun to tie them they way they were tied at one time but you do not have to in order to take advantage of the fish catching effectiveness of these flies.
The first Partridge & Yellow I ever tied was using just yellow tying thread for the body. That is how the Partridge & Orange is tied in the video. Just use the Orange thread you have and you are ready to go. The Partridge & Green is tied with Chartreuse tying thread and Chartreuse Glo-Brite for the body. I used this rather than a floss body to show that you can use more modern materials (even say a holographic tinsel) for the body and have some fun. Even if you do not have any Hungarian Partridge I imaging you can use some speckled hen hackle or even a grizzly hen hackle. However, I don’t think you could call it a Partridge & ______ (whatever). – Enjoy.
|Mustad 3906, 3906b or 3399, #10 – #16
|Danville 6/0, Orange, Chartreuse
|Danville 6/0, Orange, Glo-Brite, Chartreuse
|Hungarian Partridge, Natural
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