Reliable Nymph Fly Patterns on the Partridge SLD4

In this blog post, Ambassador Allan Liddle shares some of the flies that he will be demoing at the BFFI  in the coming weeks.

Nymph fly tying patterns are designed to imitate the immature forms of aquatic insects, such as mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies, which are an important food source for many fish species. In the water the pattern is intended to simulate the movement and appearance of a nymph as it swims near the bottom of a river or stream, enticing the fish to strike. In this blog post I will provide you with two reliable nymph recipes that have reliably worked well for me throughout the seasons.


The Peacock Black Nymph

An alternative to the French Nymph with the age old black and red combination adapted to form a general year round river or stillwater Nymph for both wild and stocked fish.

Utilising the Peacock Black Quill sub thread gives an interesting and muted sparkle to the body that can prove very attractive to fish and certain helps the fly stand out.

The example in the photo utilises a tungsten copper coloured bead, but I also have these flies with black, gold and silver beads as switching the bead colour can make a big difference when fishing.

Hook:Partridge SLD4 Surehold Wet #14
Bead:3.2mm copper tungsten countersunk bead
Tag:Semperfli 8/0 floro red waxed thread
Thread:Semperfli 8/0 black waxed
Tail:Natural Coc de Leon fibres
Body:Semperfli Peacock Black Quil Sub thread
Thorax:Heads Black Spextra Dub


The Peacock Black Fly, photographed and tied by Partridge ambassador Allan Liddle on a Partridge SLD4, Surehold Wet. Size 14.

Completed Peacock Black Nymph

The Peacock Hare’s Ear Nymph.

An easy and quick Nymph that is another great all round Nymph for rivers in the Hare’s Ear stable.

Using the Peacock Green Quill Sub thread gives a lovely natural olive hue that shines through the sparsely dubbed Body and thorax.

Works throughout the season for wild trout and also a handy winter Nymph when targeting grayling. 


Hook:Partridge SLD4 Surehold Wet #14
Bead:3.2mm silver tungsten countersunk bead.
Thread:Semperfli Peacock Green Quill Sub (small)
Tail:Natural Coc de Leon fibres
Tail:Peacock Green thread under sparsely dubbed natural Hare’s Ear dubbing.
Thorax:Natural Hare’s Ear dubbing (brush well out)


Finished Hares's Earn Nymph pattern, tied and photographed by Allan Liddle using a Partridge SLD4 Surehold Wet.

Completed Hare’s Ear Nymph

The Black Nymph

An updated version on and old favourite of mine that has featured on the Partridge website a long time ago.

A really easy fly to tie and one that works for me on both rivers and lochs for wild and stocked fish.

The Black Nymph, one of many flies that Allan will be demoing at this years BFFI.
Alternate image of the Black Nymph Fly.
Black Nymph 3
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Allan Liddle

Based in Moray in Scotland's North East, Allan has specialises with the wild trout from the rivers and burns, lochs and lochans throughout Mainland Scotland and the Isles.

A strong passion for fishing simple dries he feels there's nothing better than to see the fish take off the top, but isn't slow to fish a range of different styles when mood or conditions dictate. Although trout is his first love Allan occasionally chases the Salmon, Grayling stocked fish and even dabbles in salt water when the chance arises.

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