Published Apr 25. 2019 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited May 6. 2019

Moose Pellet Perdigon

Love it or loathe it, Perdigon patterns are simple and effective fly patterns. In the past 10 or so years and with competitive fly fishing gaining a foothold in Canada and the United States, European angling techniques have been gaining in popularity.

The Perdigon nymph style is wonderful for targeting trout in clear shallow rivers. If you would like to present the fly more like a true Perdigon, it can be tied on a jig hook with a slotted bead to ensure the fly swims hook up.

You can vary the weight of the fly in a couple of ways. First, the size of the bead should be considered, using a larger or oversized bead for more weight. Second, the bead material either brass or tungsten will give you a different sink rate with tungsten being a heavier more dense metal. Lastly, if a little extra weight is desired, a few wraps of lead or non-lead wire behind the bead should help the fly plummet.

Moose mane is the prominent material on this pattern. The hairs on the mane are quite long and hollow thus they flatten as they get wrapped. 2-3 dark hairs with one light hair give a good ratio of dark/light in the body. The hairs are thinner near the tips and thicken considerably toward the base. Keep this in mind as you tie the fly and to pick the sweet spot on the length of the hair. Not too thick and not too thin.

Perdigon style nymph flies well when using European nymphing techniques like a tightlined bottom bounce but also work well when fishing the fly under a strike indicator or on a hopper dropper rig.

Moose Pellet (Perdigon) Euro trout fly pattern

Hook: Firehole 633 #12-16
Bead: Brass or Tungsten black
Thread: Brown 70D 8/0
Tail: 3 microfibets
Body: 1 white & 2-3 brown moose mane hairs
Collar: Thread hot spot (Fl. Fire Orange)
Coating: Bone dry UV or thin resin
Wingbud: Black paint or UV


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