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Monday, 16 April 2018

How to tie an Olive French Partridge Mayfly with Davie McPhail

Davie ties an Olive variant of a French Partridge Mayfly that is known to have great success in Spring and early Summer, all the way through till late into Autumn as a Wetfly, earning it a place in your fly box. The "Green Drake" has earned its popularity across the UK due to its effectiveness when fished on the bob as the Mayfly are hatching but it can also be fished dry although abnormal can be effective.
The French Partridge is similar to some other flies such as the Olive Drowned Mayfly.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. But now it's time to learn how to tie an Olive French Partridge Mayfly from Fulling Mill's own Davie McPhail.



Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill 31530 Competition Heavyweight
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 - Olive
Tail: Natural Cock Pheasant Tail Fibres
Rib: Uni French Oval, Gold/Small
Body: Pale Yellow Artificial Raffia
Body Hackle: Indian Cock - Olive
Thorax: French Partridge - Olive
Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of some Varnish on the head of the fly, avoiding the feathers/fibres.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

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