One of my personal favorite flies, the P.T.N that I have adjusted for use on Jig hooks. These flies are extremely effective when fished in the more natural colours in clear water and brighter beaded colours in off colour high flow waters.
My Personal Touch
I like to use an oversized hook for better hold on fish, especially when the flow is high and you can up your tippet rating. Most fish are lost when they head down stream or move into the current and you can’t put enough pressure on them to turn them due to fear of your hook pulling. I have found my hookup rate also tends to increase when using an oversized hook. This is my personal preference and aids in my confidence when hitting the water – we all have our own go-to methods that help increase our confidence and as such our fishing ability on the water. So feel free to adjust/make them your own.
When To Use Which Fly ?
Using a 3.5mm – 4mm point fly will get you down quickly to where the Yellowfish and Mudfish are holding and feeding during high water flows. Remember to focus on the seams/edges of water where fast flowing current meets slower eddy like areas as fish will hold in the slow water and feed on the seam as they use minimal energy to hold and then gather food as it passes by/swirls in the eddy.
Using a 2.5mm -3mm and a more natural bead colour during normal flows and clearer water is key. Yellowfish and Mudfish become more selective when they return from high water flows/off colour water to their regular conditions. If you are not getting takes/strikes fairly quickly in cleared water then downsize your flies and adjust their colours to very natural patterns/bead colours.
P.T.N’s are best fished on 3x-5X fluorocarbon tippet as either the point fly (3.5 -4mm beads) or as the dropper when in sizes 2.5 – 3mm (albeit with the above in mind relating to water conditions). Focus on ruffles/gurgling water where fish will be actively feeding and start at the end of the run and work your way to the head of the where the rushing/white bubbling water starts. Depending on conditions sometimes the largest Yellows/Mudfish will hold near the back of the run, other times they will be right at the front getting first option on passing food. Starting at the end of the run and fishing up lets you cover all areas without spooking fish by starting in the middle of a run/area. Pace yourself and move up slowly as your cover each piece of the run/section.
Make Your Own
All materials to tie your very own P.T.N jig flies can be found on the Reel Fly Fishing website.
You can also checkout my video here where I show you how to tie this simple but highly effective pattern. Feel free to experiment with bead, body and collar colours as variation is the name of the game! An effective alternative is a bright fluo orange bead with a bright green flash collar.