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Coch-Y-Bonddu

coch-y-bonddu

Coch-Y-Bonddu   The Coch-y-Bonddu is an excellent all rounder, and seems to be equally effective fished either wet or dry. This is a very old pattern and it has been difficult to trace its origin. I have ascertained, however, that an artificial referred to as the Welshman’s Button or Hazel Fly was well known in the seventeenth century; the dressing is so similar I have little doubt that the present day pattern is a development from it. […]

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Corixa

corixa

Corixa   This Corixa imitates various species of natural corixidae, these are very common in all types of water and I think this pattern is a good representation of them, and although they are a staple diet of trout at certain times of the year, they are often only taken when other more succulent forms of food are in short supply. This is not a new artificial. Leonard West recommended a dressing to represent them in the […]

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Greenwells Glory

Greenwells Glory

Greenwell’s Glory   The Greenwell’s Glory without doubt must be one of the most successful and popular flies ever devised, and furthermore it is equally beloved by both river and Stillwater fishermen, who fish it either in its wet or dry form. In fact it is one of the few flies which has become almost a legend,and is consequently known outside trout fishing circles. Despite this it is not such a popular fly today as it has […]

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Grey Duster

Grey Duster

Grey Duster   The Grey Duster is sometimes also known as the parachuting badger, As far as the Stillwater angler is concerned I doubt that the original dressing is as popular as it used to be a few years ago, as there are now so many specialized patterns available. However, Preben Torp Jacobsen, the well known Danish fly dresser, apparently discovered that by replacing the normal hackle with a horizontal (parachute) hackle it proved to be even […]

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Mallard And Claret

Mallard And Claret

Mallard And Claret   The Mallard and Claret, Described by many as the sheet anchor of the Stillwater angler, this is a fine pattern and can be relied upon to produce results throughout the season. Although I am sure it was never intended to represent any particular insect, it is, with its rather drab colouring, suggestive of many forms of aquatic life.  It is therefore a good pattern to try if you are uncertain on what the […]

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Teal Blue And Silver

Teal Blue And Silver

Teal Blue And Silver   The Teal Blue and Silver like all the others was first developed for loch fishing, it was as a fly for seat rout that it received great publicity. But it has remained popular with lake or loch anglers, with whom it still enjoys a certain reputation. While it is looked upon as a general pattern and should be used as such,many consider that because of its gay colouring it should be classified […]

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Teal And Green

Teal And Green

Teal And Green   The Teal and green, the teal series have always been popular general patterns with the Stillwater angler, and were considered indispensable by the old Scottish loch fishers, particularly the red variety,which was widely used in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It was supposed to be an excellent re-presentation of the fresh water shrimp. All the patterns in this series look alike apart from the colours of the body and hackles,which were […]

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Copper Palmer

copper palmer

Copper Palmer   Again a very nice palmered pattern to always have in your fly box, the Copper Palmer is one of my “must have” palmered flies. I have caught many a fish using this as part of a team usually on the centre dropper but sometimes the top while boat fishing loch style, a light breeze and this fly can be deadly when fished back using a figure of eight retrieve, tight lines!   Dressing   […]

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Goats Toe

goats toe

Goats Toe   A very amusing name to this fly but none the less I have done very well using Goats Toe fly, again I have caught fish when using as a team of flies, in any position on the leader, but I have also had success with this fly near the bottom on a sinking line fished as slow as possible, give it a go.   Dressing   Silk: Black. Body: Peacock herl. Hackle: Blue peacock […]

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Orange Pearly Palmer

orange pearly palmer

Orange Pearly Palmer   Very similar to the green pearly palmer, the Orange pearly palmer is obviously a different colour. As with other palmers,  I often take fish or bring fish to the surface when using this pattern of fly usually on either the centre or top dropper of a team, especially while fishing on the boat loch style, although I have had success using it off the bank.   Dressing   Silk: Orange. Body: Pearl flashabou […]

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