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The Essential Fly Partridge & Orange Northern Spider Heritage Range Fishing Fly

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Sea Trout

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Fishing Species
Use To Catch Grayling

Fishing Situations
Use On Rivers
Use On Brooks & Streams

Heritage Range

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Partridge & Orange - Northern Spider - Heritage Range

Partridge & Orange

The Partridge & Orange is one of the classic English North Country spider style flies used all over the world in fly fishing. The Partridge & Orange is an effective imitation of early stoneflies (Plecoptera). Probably one of the oldest of English flies since what seems to be a version of this fly is mentioned in the Treatyse On Fishing With An
Angle (mention in foreword). It has certainly been tied, in the North Of England at least, for several hundred years and is still one of the top three flies on Lancashire and Yorkshire Rivers. In some parts of the Yorkshire Dales a gold rib is wound on, in other tyings only thread and hackle are used; however you tie it, this is a marvelous fly

Use The Partridge & Orange To Catch:

The Partridge & Orange can be used to catch Rainbow Trout

The Partridge & Orange can be used to catch Brown Trout

Mike Harding - Heritage Range of Flies

Mike Harding - Heritage Range of Northern Trout Flies

Our Mike Harding Range of Northern Fly patterns are tied to the traditional patterns. The flies are all designed from Mike's excellent book on Northern Spider patterns. Check it out, it is really good!

Tied as part of our Heritage Range these flies are tied with real silk and the best quality materials - just as these flies should be . We love these flies, they look great and most importantly these flies catch fish!

Trout Wet Fly - Partridge & Orange

wet flies like Partridge & Orange are are range of flies that imitate larva, pupa, drowned adults and Lures

The trout finds most of its food beneath the surface of the water, sometimes by grubbing around the weed-beds, at other times by rising in water to take nymphs and pupae on their way to the surface

The wet flies which include Partridge & Orange fall into various categories: larval and pupal forms of various aquatic insects; drowned adults or even swamped stillborn flies; and drowned terrestrials such as beetles. Many do not represent anything in nature, but are classed as attractor flies or lures, designed to tempt the fish to take out of curiosity. A number of the silver-bodied flies can emulate small fry or minnows. Most of the dry flies have a wet-fly equivalents. The use of heavier hooks, softer hen hackles instead of Cock Feather , and in the case of winged flies a backward-sloping wing, changes the dry fly into a wet one which sinks below the sufrace of the water. Cock Feather hackles are used for these patterns but they are taken from the very young bird where the individual fibres are very soft.

There are two main areas of wet-fly fishing. Firstly, there are the wild rain-fed rivers and streams where it is difficult to see a fish rise let alone see a minute dry fly on the surface. On such waters, wet flies are used almost exclusively upstream and down, as necessity or terrain dictates. The second main area of wet-fly fishing is on atill waters like lakes, lochs and reservoirs, where the angler uses a team of wet flies just below the surface.

On wild streams while searching for the natural Brownie, soft-hackled wet flies like the Partridge and Orange, the Snipe and Purple, the Black Spider, a wet Coch-y-Bonddu, and many others are used.

'When do you fish a wet fly, and when a dry?'

Always fish a dry-fly pattern when you see a trout rising during a hatch of natural insects. However, when the trout refuses to rise to a dry fly, fishing just below the surface with a wet fly can often work. When no activity is obvious, it is a case for the wet fly, pure and simple.

The soft, game-bird hackles of many wet flies have the necessary mobility in the water. They create attractive, natural movement and 'kick' in the current, attracting the fish by their very movement. They look alive and edible; the two key properties for a successful fly.

Wet Fly Partridge & Orange fishing techniques

a technique that has stood the test of time, where the fly (e.g. the Partridge & Orange) is fished sub-surface and is retrieved slowly using a 'Figure-of-Eight' manipulation of the line in the hand. A floating or intermediate line can be used to retrieve the Partridge & Orange

Partridge & Orange - Fly Tying Dressing

For the fly tyers you we have provided tying specifications for the Partridge & Orange. Remember at The Essential Fly we sell the Partridge & Orange at incredible prices with a top quality fly and service to back it up. It is certainly worth tying the Partridge & Orange yourself to understand the pleasure of catching a fish with your own tied fly, however at the price we sell flies it is only worth tying one or two Partridge & Orange as your can spend more time fishing instead of tying flies - buy volume online with us.

Hook Sizes

12 to 16

Silk Thread



Orange silk


Brown partridge with well marked back feather


The Essential Fly Partridge & Orange Northern Spider Heritage Range Fishing Fly was last modified on 29/12/2023 07:20


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Partridge and Orange Northern Spider
29 July 2017  | 

Beautiful fly. Well tied and a great early and late season pattern. Excellent

Partridge and Orange
22 August 2011  | 

The flies look ok I am of the opinion that to send a few flies it does not require a cardboard box I would have thought a small padded envelope would suffice.

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