What is a Perdigon Fly?
Perdigon refers to a type of flyfish that's commonly used in Wyoming. When you say the word "Perdi" in a place such as Henry's Fork or a local watering hole, you might get a disgusted look from the other anglers. For me, this was the type of look that I gave.
An avid fisherman will talk about using a heavy nymph in an area that is known for its outstanding dry fly fishing.
The Perdigon fly is a popular choice among fly fishers and purists, and it has received varying reviews. Most of the negative ones are directed toward those who have never fished it before and are not sure how effective it is.
In this article, we will talk about the various factors that make the Perdigon Nymph an effective flyfish.
WHAT MADE ME OBSESSED?
Before I started using the Perdigon fly, I was a dry-dropper type of fisherman. This was my preferred technique for a long time. However, after I was introduced to the Perdigon Nymph, I became unwilling to use it.
During a trial competition, I faced off against a young professional fisherman who had recently competed in the youth world championship. The two of us were close friends off the water, but on the day, we had to compete against each other.
The river that I fished was a dry-dropper style body of water that had plenty of eddies and pockets. I managed to catch five fish during my time on the river.
The other competitor started the session by focusing on the exact spot where I had fished in the previous round. I couldn't explain why he did this, but as the session went on, I started to feel more confident with my blank drift.
He eventually won the session with a 10-5 advantage after using the same water that I had fished in the previous round. He caught his fish using a single size 16 Perdigon fly.
SO WHY WAS THIS SO EFFECTIVE?
I decided to use a dry-dropper rig instead of a dry-dropper rig because it made it difficult to fish the lower water columns. The Perdigon worked well at the bottom of the run, where the fish would often rise and feed on my dry or the 10′′ dropper. Compared to the other techniques, the Perdigon fly was far more effective.
After the session, I decided that I would try out this new technique in order to improve my skills and catch more fish.
THE PERDIGON HISTORY
The Spanish first developed the Perdigon fly as a way to catch fish in fast flowing streams and rivers. It is believed that the French mastered the art of fishing this technique. Due to its success in Europe, the Perdigon fly eventually made its way to the USA.
WHAT DOES A PERDIGON NYMPH IMITATE
The Perdigon flies are commonly used by professional fishermen to catch various types of aquatic insects such as snails and worms. One of the most effective features of this pattern is that it can quickly move to the feeding zone.
The advantage of using the Perdigon fly is that it can be fished a lot closer to the body of water. This allows the fisherman to have more control over the fly.
The Perdigon is considered to be a simple and effective fly design that can be used for fishing. Its heavily weighted bead is the main reason why it is called the Perdigon fly.
The design of the Perdigon fly allows the fisherman to cast it as a single fly while in fast water. It cuts through the water quickly and can reach the feeding zone. Another impressive feature of this pattern is that it can keep moving while bouncing on the bottom.
HOW TO TIE THE PERDIGON NYMPH?
The Perdigon is very simple to tie and can be used for fishing using just a few materials. Its UV resin coating makes it incredibly durable. The fibers of the Coq de Leon also tend to break off after a couple of fish have eaten, but this doesn't affect its fishing.
One of the most effective ways to keep the Perdigon fly in good condition is to use synthetic fibers. This type of material tends to hold up better than natural fibers. Over the years, many fishermen have switched to using a combination of synthetic and natural fibers for the Perdigon fly.
I believe that the Jig version is more effective when it comes to catching fish because it has fewer hang-ups on the bottom. The reason why this is the case is that the Perdigon flies swims with a point ride up, which allows the fish to get hooked in the upper portion of the mouth. This is where the natural nymph hook tends to penetrate.
One of the most significant advantages of using a jig hook is that it allows the fisherman to have a larger size of the bead. With a normal hook, the gape can only be used for a size 1-2. With the new design of the hook, the slotted bead can be higher, allowing for more space on the gap side.
A SIMPLE PERDIGON TO TIE
1.Set #16 jig hook with 3.5mm tungsten bead.
2.Start a thread base and create a body taper.
3.Tie in CDL tail, half the length of the body.
4.Tie in flash strip and body quill.
5.Wrap flash forward and tie off behind bead.
6.Wrap quill forward and tie off.
7.Tie in a Fluro collar and whip finish.
8.UV resin the entire fly and cure.
9.Make the classic black mark on the upper head of the fly and cure again.
MY MOST USED PERDIGON PATTERNS
I have listed down my three favorite patterns that are made using the Perdigon fly. You can also find these patterns at Umpqua Fly Fishing.
WHAT SETUP YOU NEED TO FISH THE PERDIGON CORRECTLY
One of the most important factors that you need to consider when it comes to fishing the Perdigon is the technique. The rod and leader are two of the most crucial components that you need to have in order to successfully use the fly.
The rod you use should be at least 10 feet long. If you are planning on using a longer rod, the 11'3 is better, though this can be a bit cumbersome on a smaller river.
A nymphing-specific rod is very important when it comes to catching fish. Its tip sensitivity and speed at which the blank recovers are two of the most crucial factors that a fisherman should consider.
The leader is made to transfer the energy that the rod generates through the fly line to the leader, which then flies. A modern nymphing leader is generally longer than a standard leader, and it has a thinner butt end and taper.
This is because the leader is designed to prevent the flies from getting too much drag on the water. Also, it allows the fisherman to flick the flies a little bit while casting.
HOW TO FISH THE PERDIGON NYMPH?
The Perdigon is best fished using a nymph-style rig. This type of rig will allow the fisherman to focus on the bottom and get the most out of the fly. Unfortunately, some species of fish, such as chub and perch, will not be able to get hooked on the Perdigon.
Although nymphing can be as complex as you want it to be, professionals make changes to improve the technique for the better. One of the most important factors that you need to remember is to maintain contact with the fly.
ONE LAST DRIFT.
The Perdigon is a popular fly-fishing technique that is relatively easy to use. It is also very effective due to its ability to catch fish. One of the most important factors that a fisherman should consider when it comes to using the Perdigon is the taper body.
As a passive fly fisherman, I believe that it is important for us to embrace the new and use it as an advantage. I think it's silly not to have this type of pattern in your box.