11 Spanish perdigon nymphs for grayling

Spanish perdigon nymphs are slim and heavily weighted so they get down to depth in fast water very quickly. Here are 11 perdigon nymph patterns to tie.

11 Spanish perdigon nymphs for grayling
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11 Spanish perdigon nymphs for grayling
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11 Spanish perdigon nymphs for grayling
Estimated reading time 6 - 9 minutes

What are perdigon nymphs?

Perdigon nymphs are small, heavily weighted nymph patterns designed to be streamline and get down to depth quickly in fast flowing water. They were developed for a specialist kind of river fishing known as Spanish nymphing, but they can be used with other nymphing techniques and are really effective for grayling and trout. The Spanish won the world championships with these a few times!

Why are perdigon nymphs usually small?

Apparently, the rivers on which these fly patterns were developed are highly pressured and the fish see a lot of flies. Fish tend to be less fussy about smaller flies, and these get to depth quickly as they're so streamline, so tying them in this way makes them really effective.

Are perdigons difficult to tie?

No, Spanish perdigon nymphs are very easy to tie, even for beginners. You only need some basic fly tying skills and a few simple materials that you probably already have in your fly tying collection. They're also a great pattern for freestyle fly tying. Effectively, you can just make them up as you go along and they'll generally work.

What are the characteristics of a perdigon nymph?

Perdigons are usually small and tend to be tied on hooks from size 16 to size 12. People these days often tend to favour jig hooks because they snag less, but straight hooks are probably more commonly used. A large bead is used, along with a tail of Spanish Coq de Leon or similar fibres, and then a steeply tapered body is tied in.

There's generally quite a bit of flash on these flies, and hotspots are also often used. Once everything is tied off, a layer of UV resin is usually used to coat everything to make a smooth surface. A coloured spot of varnish is also often added to the top of the bead for a finishing touch. They're dead easy to tie and only take a few minutes.

Perdigon nymph fly patterns

Here are 11 perdigon style nymphs to give you some inspiration. They're not classic patterns - some of them don't even use real Spanish Coq de Leon - but they're based on the perdigon theme and work just as well as the original Spanish pattern.

1. Rainbow perdigon nymph

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Hook: Size 16 jig hook
Bead: 2.5mm copper tungsten slotted bead
Body: Micro Glint in rainbow
Head: Red thread collar and black varnish dot
Tail: Hen and cock hackle fibres
Thread: Red thread


2. McPhail's perdigon nymph

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Hook: Size 16 Fulling Mill Jig Force hook
Bead: 2.5mm tungsten bead
Tail: Coq de Leon fibres
Body: Micro Glint in brown
Head: Permanent marker pen
Thread: Uni 8/0 thread in fire orange


3. Quill perdigon nymph

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Hook: Size 12 Fulling Mill Grab Gape Barbless
Bead: 3mm gold tungsten
Body: Quill
Tail: Coq de Leon fibres
Head: Black UV resin
Thread: Veevus 10/0 lilac thread


4. Pearl perdigon nymph

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Hook: Size 12 Fulling Mill Grab Gape Barbless
Bead: 3mm tungsten bead
Body: Veevus Iris thread
Head: Red thread collar
Tail: Coq de Leon fibres
Thread: Veevus 10/0 in red


5. Mosaic perdigon nymph

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Hook: Size 12 Fulling Mill Grab Gape Barbless
Bead: 3mm tungsten bead
Body: Veevus Mosaic Tinsel
Head: Black UV resin
Tail: Coq de Leon fibres
Thread: Veevus 10/0 in red


6. Bibio perdigon nymph

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Hook: Size 16 Knapek Jig Hook
Bead: 2.5mm black nickel tungsten bead
Body: Crystal Flash in pearl
Head: Flashabou in red
Tail: Cock hackle fibres
Thread: 10/0 in black


7. Orange spot perdigon nymph

Gyorfi Zsolt Borisfly / YouTube.

Hook: Jig hook
Bead: Gold bead
Body: Mylar
Head: Orange thread
Tail: Coq de Leon fibres
Thread: Hends threads in olive and orange


8. Pink and mauve perdigon nymph

Gyorfi Zsolt Borisfly / YouTube.

Hook: Jig hook
Bead: 2.5mm gold bead
Body: Pink wire
Head: Mauve collar
Tail: Coq de Leon fibres
Thread: Pink thread


9. Bluespot perdigon nymph

Gyorfi Zsolt Borisfly / YouTube.

Hook: Jig hook
Bead: 2.5mm gold bead
Body: Uni Mylar in gold/silver
Head: Blue tinsel
Tail: Cock hackle fibres
Thread: Uni Stretch thread in black


10. Pink Lady perdigon nymph

AP Fly Tying / YouTube.

Hook: Size 12 Fulling Mill Grab Gape Barbless
Bead: 3mm pink tungsten bead
Body: Veevus Iris Thread in pink
Head: Black UV resin
Tail: Coq de Leon fibres
Thread: Veevus 10/0 in white


11. Butano perdigon nymph

Tactical Fly Fisher / YouTube.

Hook: Jig hook
Bead: 2.5mm tungsten bead
Body: Lead wire underbody with Crystal Flash in orange
Head: Black varnish
Tail: Coq de Leon fibres
Thread: Veevus 16/0 in orange

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