Micro PTNs - Stan Style
We bring these Micro PTNs to you courtesy of Stan @ Ceramic Flies. These were designed and developed on the small streams of France and as you can see below, they work!. These Micro PTNs are tiny imitations, with their bodies made of standard pheasant tails and coloured copper wire wraps to form the head and body the head is then varnished to ensure a slim profile and longevity.
The thing that makes these so special is the hook used, the size 20 Dohiku C123BL, which gives:
- Unprecedented strength for a size 20 hook.
- A wide gape - increasing 'hook ups', especially important in a hook of this size.
- A larger than usual hook eye - making them easy to thread (even 3X tippet will go through easily!).
Our Micro PTN selection includes 3 each of the flies below (all in size 20). The above price includes 15 hand-tied Micro PTN's supplied in a free slimline fly box.
Yellow Copper Micro PTN
Pink Copper Micro PTN
Brown Copper Micro PTN
Green Copper Micro PTN
Purple Copper Micro PTN
OK, I know you like the look of them, but why should you fish these small nymphs?
- The majority of fly anglers don’t use them - because it's too difficult to tie them on (it's true). On pressured water when targeting educated fish, the trout generally ignore larger flies, while a micro nymph will generally fool it - after all, as far as an educated trout is concerned small = safe.
- Small nymphs are found in the water all year round and make up the majority of the trout's diet (especially in the summer months of low water and low flow rates).
- Small nymphs give you many more options to imitate the natural nymphs (just turn over a few of the larger stones in the river and match the colours with the colour options we have here, you cannot go wrong..
- Logically, if a fish is feeding on small nymphs it needs more of them, therefore there's more chance of your fly being taken by a feeding trout!
- Small nymphs work best in slower water - expending energy for such a small nymph in faster water is not worth the fishes effort.
- In lower flows and slow water, where possible fish from the bank, it's important not to disturb the water at all. Even really slow wading can send ripples upstream and spook fish.
- Small nymphs require small tippets right? Not with these flies, you can even use 3X if needs be. Try tying the nymph on with a loop knot to give it more movement - try using the Non-Slip Loop Knot.
- Keeping in contact with small nymphs can be a problem, most anglers use some sort of indicator, the best I have found is the New Zealand Strike Indicator system, but keep the yarn as small as possible. If your river allows it, try using a dry fly as an indicator aka The Duo.
- If you are still not sure about fishing smaller nymphs, try starting with a 2 nymph rig, with the Micro PTN on the point and a larger nymph on a dropper above it.
We currently have these fly selections in stock and will ship these to you as soon as we receive notification of your payment, generally if a payment is made in the morning your flies will be with you the very next day.
All products from Barbless Flies are shipped free of charge, to anywhere in the world.