I’m not sure if this is the golden age of fly tying or the most confusing time in two centuries of fluff twiddling. The breadth of materials available to the modern fly tier truly is staggering and to be honest I think if I was starting out on my fly tying journey right now I would have absolutely no idea where to begin. My advice to anybody getting in to creating their own masterpieces is this – get help. Either medical or professional.
The huge range of materials is however offering the tier more and more scope to create exactly the flies they require. These days I tend to tie flies most fervently when I’m inspired by a new product. When Toby Merigan of Funky Fly Tying introduced me to Nymph-It I had a real Eureka moment which culminated in a fly that has been codenamed the Dzigi Dzigi…
Available in a range of colours, Nymph-It is a versatile and easy to use thread that lays fairly flat but can be built into bulk quickly if needed to. The UV Chestnut colour makes a great match for the purple of the Ice Dub in the Duracell but many of the other colours too make for excellent Dzigi Dzigi nymphs, particularly the UV Grey and the Copper Pink Shrimp.
The key inspiration came from the awesome Fulling Mill Duracell Jig by Craig Macdonald. A ruthlessly efficient fly which catches both grayling and trout, the Duracell has been in my box for a while now and with its blend of weight, sparkle and cdc it’s easy to see why it’s so successful. The commercial pattern has its limitations though. Other than the bead it is unweighted and the liberal use of UV Ice Dub means that the fly often does not sink as quickly as I’d like. I’m sure that many of you already have similar flies to the Dzigi in your boxes already and as such I could never claim this as an original pattern – it owes too much to Craig’s pattern and many more for me to try that. I’d love to tell you all where the name came from but this is far too public at forum – I think you’ll find it translates very simply though…
To tie the Dzigi you’ll need the following:
A nice firm thread but nothing too heavy – my 8/0 seems to be fine.
Barbless Jig Hooks.
Slotted Tungsten Beads.
Flat lead wire.
A tail material of your choice (I use Coq de Leon but in truth a few bog standard cock hackle fibres will do.
A wire rib material to contrast your choice of Nymph-It.
Your chosen colour of Nymph-It thread.
Your chosen colour of UV Ice Dub.
CDC with nice long straggly barbs – I’ve been using some from Marc Petitjean.