Small Olive CDC Jig Head Nymph by Davie McPhail

One of the most effective ways to catch either Trout or Grayling is Nymphing. With every natural nymph, there are huge amounts of colour and size variations, which leaves a huge amount to the imagination. Davie is tying a Small Olive CDC Jig Head Nymph which features a gold bead on the head of the fly, this allows it to sink deeper, especially in quick flowing water. It also allows anglers to take advantage of an excellent method called "trotting". This is where the fly is almost jerked on the retrieve, quickly shooting up and down creating an erratic action which will drive both Trout and Grayling to bite. Since it's a year-round fly, it's great to have different sizes and colour variants ready in your fly box!

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. Time to tie a Small Olive CDC Jig Head Nymph, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.

Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Force size 16 or Hanak H450 BL Thread: Uni-8/0 Olive Tail: Whiting Coq de Leon Fibres Body and Legs: Natural Grey CDC Feather dyed Yellow Rib: 1/0 Uni-Neon Thread Chartreuse Thorax: Diamond-Brite Hare's Ear Dubbing or Similar.

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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