Pliva Perdigon Nymph – Guest Tyer Devin Olsen

Devin Olsen of Fly Fishing Team USA shares with us one of his most deadly flies, a perdigon nymph he discovered while competing in Europe.


Hook: Hanak 230 sizes 16-12 or other nymph hook
Bead: Copper, silver, or gold slotted tungsten 2.3 to 3.3 mm
Additional Weight: 0.015” lead wire
Tail: Coq de leon
Body and thread: Olive Veevus body quill
Rib: Chartreuse Veevus 140D power thread
Hot spot: Veevus Fl. Orange 16/0
Wingcase: Black Nail Polish
UV Resin: Loon UV fly finish thin
Varnish: Hard as Hull

All materials required for this fly are available HERE for an additional 10% off when all bundled together.

A Little About Devin Olsen

Devin Olsen Steelhead

March 20, 2009 was the first time I ever fished with Devin. Looking back on the occasion it’s almost comical how much I didn’t understand about fly fishing. I knew that I loved it, but as to the many details that help you catch fish, I was more than lacking. I kept a fishing journal back then, and fortunately I made an entry from our first outing together. Here are a few excerpts:

“Today I fished with Devin Olsen. He is my friend from college that is on Fly Fishing Team USA. I have never seen anyone catch fish like he did! He was very efficient and systematic. I listened to his advice today and caught more fish than I ever have in a single day. Devin was very nice and patient, and I learned more today than I would have in an entire year by myself.”

I quit keeping that fishing journal shortly after that first trip out, but if I had an entry for every time Devin and I have fished together it would show how greatly he has influenced my fly fishing path.

Devin Olsen Brown Trout

Devin Olsen Cutthroat Trout

Euro Nymphing

As a member of Team USA Devin has the need to constantly learn new techniques and fine tune others in order to stay ahead of the competition. Regarding Euro Nymphing, which is one of the deadly techniques he uses on rivers and streams, he is a master. I was surprised at how openly he shares the details of this technique, and others, on his blog Tactical Fly Fisher. I’m confident his fellow competitors are reading and studying the info he provides to become better fly fishers as well. Once you get to know Devin it’s apparent that he is in favor of everyone becoming a better angler. I highly recommend all our readers check out his blog for detailed information that will help us all catch more fish.

Tactical Fly Fisher

Tactical Fly Fisher Online Fly Shop

As previously mentioned Devin is currently sharing extremely valuable information on the sport of fly fishing through his blog. If you ever get the chance to see Devin in action you will know that the name Tactical Fly Fisher applies to his approach more than possibly anyone else on the water. He has taken the same direction with his blog and online fly shop. For example, you can buy all the materials needed to tie the flies he demonstrates (including the Pliva Perdigon Nymph) on his blog through his online fly shop. They are often hard to find materials, and Devin has put forth a lot of time and energy to track them all down and offer them to those desiring to tie the deadly patterns he is so kind to share with the online world. He also sells other tools and materials specific to Euro Nymphing that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Check out the Tactical Fly Fisher you will be happy you did.

Devin Olsen Fly Fishing Team USA

Thanks again Devin for sharing this awesome nymph pattern with us!

Tungsten Surveyor (Jig Hook) – Fastest, Easiest, Most Productive Nymph EVER!

For the past five years or so this Lance Egan creation has been one of the top producing nymph in my arsenal. For the past year Kohler and I have been fishing the Tungsten Surveyor on a Syndicate jig hook which has been dynamite! When it comes to easy, quick to tie, and extremely effective flies the Surveyor nymph is on top of that list.
Tungsten Surveyor Fly Tying


Tungsten Surveyor (Jig Nymph) Recipe:

Hook: Syndicate Jig Hook Size 12-16 Buy Here

Bead: Silver Slotted Tungsten Buy Here

Weight: 7-10 Wraps Lead Wire 0.015

Thread: Uni 8/0 Red

Tail: Coq de Leon (Medium or Dark Pardo)

Body: Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing

Rib: Silver Wire Size BR

Collar: Dark Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing

Tungsten Surveyor

The Tungsten Surveyor jig is extremely effective Euro Nymphing, Czech Nymphing, and even indicator nymphing. The additional weight from the tungsten bead helps this pattern get down to the fish quickly and helps it stay low in the feeding zone longer during each drift.

Original Two-toned Surveyor

Tungsten Surveyor

Kohler began incorporating dark rainbow sow scud dubbing for a thorax many years ago. The darker tone seemed to add a nice component to the fly. With the jig variant it is merely a dubbing collar instead of a thick thorax. Also, this fly is flashy enough with the rainbow dubbing and the red hotspot that the pearl wing case has also been omitted. These slight changes have made this fly even faster to tie, and by no means have we seen a decline in the number of fish we catch. In fact, I have become so confident in jig nymphs that many of my nymphs are being transitioned to these hooks.

Jig Hook Benefits

There are many benefits of fishing jig nymphs including better hook ups primarily in the top of the mouth, better holding power once a fish is hooked, and fewer snags since it rides hook point up which results in fewer lost flies. There may also be other benefits, but these simple advantages have really proven to be helpful when targeting fish nymphing.

Competition Jig Hooks from Syndicate

Syndicate has proven its self over and over again for us. We are firm believers in this hook and now offer it in both sizes 12 and 14 here in our web store.

Slotted Tungsten Beads

Fly Tying Jig Hooks

You can purchase both jig hooks and slotted tungsten from us to get rolling on jig style nymphs. I’m confident you will be pleased with them as well.

Tungsten Torpedo – Fly Tying Video

The Tungsten Torpedo- has there ever been a better name for a tungsten beaded nymph made to sink quickly and get the job done?! Kevin Compton of Performance Flies created this nymph, and it has earned a spot in many fishermen’s boxes. Rightfully so, this fly is fast to tie, and catches fish like crazy. This quick video demonstrates how Fly Tying 123’s own Derek Kohler ties this fly, and the materials he uses.

We have been fishing this fly for a few years now and it is often the top producing fly of the day. In fact, in the middle of December, just this past weekend Kohler and I fished for a couple hours on a nice rainbow trout tailwater. Once again the Tungsten Torpedo yielded the most fish and produced some very nice rainbows.

Tungsten Torpedo Rainbow Trout

Tungsten Torpedo Fly Tying Video

Earlier this year we were fishing a small stream that has a multitude of nice fish, including browns, cutties, and rainbows. The Torpedo was one of the top producing nymphs that day as well, as it often is. This nymph fishes well year round regardless of the season. It is particularly deadly with euro nymphing, czech nymphing, and other competitive fly fishing methods.

Tungsten Torpedo Tying Instructions

Tungsten Torpedo Cutthroat Trout

Tungsten Torpedo Brown Trout

About a year ago we found our preferred jig hook after doing extensive research on the available types of jig hooks on the market. We came to the conclusion that the Syndicate jig hook 400 BK is superior due to it’s unique design. This hook holds fish extremely well, and has proven to be very strong. We like it so much that we offer it here on Fly Tying 123 in size 14. We also have 7/64″ tungsten beads that match this hook perfectly. We hope to expand our sizes in the near future. You can buy the hooks and beads in our shop.

Fly Tying Jig Hooks


Hook: Syndicate Jig Hook Size 14-18 Buy Here

Bead: Slotted Tungsten Buy Here

Tail: Coq de Leon

Body: Olive Uni Thread 8/0

Rib #1: Small Uni Wire – Gold

Rib #2: Sulky Metallic Sliver Tinsel, Black (Buy at local craft store)

Collar: Jan Siman Black Peacock Dubbing


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