Olive French Partridge Mayfly


Palmered wet flies have a long history as effective attractor-type patterns, imitating nothing in particular but nevertheless provoking strikes from predatory trout. This is an old British pattern that can still be effective as a general attractor early in the season. For more on this type of fly, see Jeff Morgan's article Palmered Wet Flies.

How to Fish

Count-down-and-retrieve or slow retrieve. Vary the retrieve until you find what works best at the moment: slow and steady, fast, strip-and-pause, or quick, short two-inch strips. Also, a wind drift works well in lakes.

Fish at all depths until you find the right one, but most of the time you should be fishing somewhere between two to six feet deep.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, place in vise, start thread.

2. Tie in pheasant tail fibers for tail.

3. Tie in oval tinsel and brown hackle (tip first).

4. Dub seal fur body.

5. Wrap hackle to front of fly, tie off and trim.

6. Counterwrap oval tinsel through hackle, wiggling tinsel as it is wrapped to avoid trapping hackle fibers.

7. Tie in French partridge feather (not tip first).

8. Whipfinish, trim and cement. Pick out any trapped hackle fibers from the body.

HOOK: Dai Riki 070 or Mustad 3906


TAIL: Natural ringneck or golden pheasant tail fibers

BODY: Olive seal fur, dubbed

RIBBING: Fine silver or gold oval tinsel

HACKLE: Brown or golden olive cock hackles

THROAT: olive dyed French partridge