The Partridge and Orange is an artificial fly commonly categorized as a wet fly or soft hackle and is fished under the water surface. The fly is a well known fly with its roots set firmly in English angling history. It is an impressionistic pattern fished successfully during caddis hatches and spinner falls. The Partridge and Orange is traditionally a trout and grayling pattern but may be used for other aquatic insect feeding species.
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|Hook||Dry Fly, TMC 100 or Dai-Riki 300, Size 14-16.
|Thread:||Fluorescent Orange 6/0.
|Body:||Orange thread or orange floss.
Fish the Partridge and Orange likek any soft hackle. Mend the line up stream or down stream depending upon the depth you wish to fish.
- Mount the hook in the vise. Start the thread behind the eye using a jamb knot.
- Tie in the floss two eye lengths behind the eye.
- Wrap over the floss to the end of the shank. (Point on the shank directly above the barb.) Bring the thread forward.
- Wrap the floss forward and tie off an eye length behind the eye.
- Prepare the partridge hackle by grabbing the tip of the feather and stripping off the left side of the feather (Shining side facing you).
- Stoke the feathers on the right side towards the butt. Clip off the tip of the feather leaving a stub long enough to tie the tip onto the shank.
- Tie the feather onto the hook with the shining side up one eye length behind the eye. Hold the feather stem above and perpendicular to the shank. Turn the stem around the shank stroking the hackle towards the rear as you turn. On the second turn the stem should lie directly in front of the first turn. Make only two turns. Tie off the hackle and trim.
Hold the hackles towards the rear and form a head securely against the hackle.
- Whip-finish and place a dab of cement on the head.
Flies or materials are available at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
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