THE PELLET FLY
Pellet flies a.k.a. perdigones fish best in pocket water situations when you will be making frequent close-in presentations. Pocket water requires that the fly gets into the strike zone instantly while being suspended under the rod tip. During these brief presentations, the fish only gets an instant in which to decide if the item is edible or not. The only way for a fish to determine the edibility of objects drifting in these fast currents is by taking it into its mouth and tasting or feeling what it might be. The fish either ingest or reject the offering in less than a second. I have seen this behavior while snorkeling. In deeper pockets, bright, attractive perdigones get the fishes attention quickly, and through the mechanics of tightline nymphing, hook themselves on our sharp hooks in the act of inspecting the fly.
Traditionally, Perdigones are tied to be bright and attractive to the fish that barely get a moment to interact with the fly before getting swept away in the torrent. I am adapting the pellet fly concept to mimic the natural insects that inhabit the shallow to medium depth riffles that this style of fly can be optimally fished in. You will find my bead sizes on my to be be smaller than a spanish style fly would typically have. This is to allow the perfect depth for fishing in walking speed riffles from 1-3ft in depth.
When the “Platinum” level shops start calling me to fill their guides boxes with these jigs because a similar fly was “THE GO-TO” fly last year, you know it’s hot. I know it’s hot too. My logs are filled to the rim with this pattern. Get em while you can as supplies are limited.
I had a truly great guiding season two summers ago with this fly that made all the difference in my tactical arsenal. Yellow Sallies are active throughout most of the summer to warrant a full row of these in your Tacky box. This color combo also does a great job of imitating the melon color that the PMD's in Colorado exhibit.
Glows Fl. Orange under UV illuination