Fly patterns may go in and out of style, but in general, if a fly catches fish, it will catch fish forever. The Peacock and Partridge has been around for centuries and was probably first tied to fish the chalk streams of England, but you probably won’t find it in the boxes of most anglers. It’s easy to get fixated on the dry-nymph-streamer trio, with maybe a few emergers thrown in, but wet flies can be incredibly effective. This Soft Hackle pattern will catch trout on both streams a stillwaters and can be fished in a variety of ways.
In this video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions walks you through the steps for tying this ancient pattern, and as usual, he offers some good tricks to make you a better tier.
Peacock and Partridge
Hook: Orvis Tactical Wide Gap hook (here a TMC 100), size 12.
Thread #1/Tag: Fluorescent green, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Rib: Gold Ultra Wire, small.
Thread #2: Black, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Body: Peacock herl.
Hackle: Hungarian partridge neck feather.
Head: Black tying threas.
Adhesive: Head cement.