I’ve been tying a lot of flies lately. At out last Central Oregon Flyfisher’s Winter Fly Tying class, owner Jeff Perin of The Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters, OR taught three nymphs. His class inspired me to tie more Euro nymphs.

So I decided to tie up a few of Jeff’s fly patterns for my donation to this month’s fly club.

Box of Perdigon Nymphs | www.johnkreft.com

I’ve added fly pattern sheets for these Euro nymphs. Just click on the images to see them.

Pheasant Tail Perdigon | www.johnkreft.com
Pheasant Tail Perdigon
Olive Perdigon | www.johnkreft.com
Olive Perdigon
Rainbow Warrior Perdigon | www.johnkreft.com
Rainbow Warrior Perdigon

I had fun tying these nymphs and sharing them on my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds.

Pheasant Tail Perdigon Nymphs | www.johnkreft.com
Pheasant Tail Perdigon – Variant using Veevus Body Quill
Rainbow Warrior Perdigon Nymphs | www.johnkreft.com
Rainbow Warrior Perdigon

In addition, I decided to experiment with some new materials. I tied a couple nymphs on Fulling Mill black nickel jig hooks (FM50 45) size 16 with Synthetic Quill Body Wrap, slotted tungsten beads (black and mottled brown), and Veevus body quill (fl. orange and pink).

Perdigon Materials | www.johnkreft.com
Perdigon Nymphs | www.johnkreft.com

This is what these nymphs look like using UV light. That’s the Veevus fluorescent body quill I used for the thorax glowing.

Perdigon Nymphs with UV Light | www.johnkreft.com
Perdigon nymphs with UV light

Here are some close-ups of the nymphs.

Perdigon BWO with Mottled Brown Tungsten Bead | www.johnkreft.com
Mottled brown tungsten bead with fluorescent orange Veevus body quill thorax
Perdigon BWO with Black Tungsten Bead | www.johnkreft.com
Black tungsten bead with fluorescent pink Veevus body quill thorax

I’m still experimenting…now it’s time to let the fish decide which ones work!

Interested in learning more about Euro-nymphing? I wrote a blog a couple of months ago called Jig Nymphs for Euro Nymphing. Or check out Jeff’s terrific blog entitled Euro Nymphing Updates 2018.

Just remember when tying Euro style nymphs, keep the bodies slim to help them reach the river bottom quickly.

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. Hi John, how is the synthetic quill body wrap to work with?
    Set up a rod and went to the crooked last week. Very effective way to fish, boring but effective. Drys are much better.

    1. Greg

      Thanks for leaving a Comment. I thought the synthetic quill body wrap material was very easy to tie with. Certainly much easier than the real quills. I especially like the length.


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  3. I’ve started using some of the Perdigon nymps on our local rivers with some success. I will continue when the opportunity presents itself.

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