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Stoats Tail

stoats tail

Stoats tail If you are fishing for sea trout with the Stoat’s Tail and a salmon is about, it would take this fly in preference to any other – at least, that has been my experience with fishing shallow, clear Rivers. It is an excellent fly for sea trout in that hour as dusk approaches, when many anglers like to rest a pool. In fact, it has great all-round appeal and seems to work well on all […]

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Watsons Fancy

watsons fancy

Watson’s fancy  This fancy fly, Watsons fancy, invented by Donald Watson of Inverness, was originally intended for catching brown trout, and in this respect it as long as it’s worth on all the major Scottish lochs. It has also been favoured south of the border, and many well-known Reservoir men often have a Watson’s on the account. It is also one of the best sea trout flies I know, catching lots of fish in Ireland why being […]

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Wickhams Fancy

wickhams fancy

Wickham’s Fancy  The Wickhams Fancy is a very well established fly and a true favourite of many an angler especially those who favour the loch style fishing. It tends to fish really well when sedges are about and is usually fished on the point, although can be just as deadly on any of the droppers. Fishermen use it in a vary of different sizes depending on how rough a wave there is, normally the bigger the wave, […]

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Bloodworm  The Bloodworm is used mostly from the bank as a point-fly, but it also works well in the shallow bays from an anchored boat. Slow and deep is the method so the nymph ‘crawls’ along the bottom. Many trout I have caught, usually in the summer months have had their stomachs crammed full of bloodworms. It often helps to spoon the fish to see exactly what they are feeding on. Dressing   Hook:  Size 14, 12 […]

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Carnhills Buzzer

carnhills buzzer

Carnill’s Buzzer  Carnhills buzzer was tied by one of the best fly-dressers in the UK, undeniably Bob Carnhill. When a new black streak flat shooting-head nylon came out he tied probably some of the most realistic representations of the hatching buzzer that has been seen to this day. They work exceptionally well when fished high in the surface film to nymphing trout. Dressing   Hook:  Size 14, 12 or 10, medium-shank bronze. Tying Silk: Black Tail: Wite-nylon […]

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Claret Hatching Midge

claret hatching midge

Claret Hatching Midge  This is a Bob Church Claret hatching midge pattern which he used back in the 1960’s when he used to witness good evening rises to the buzzer at Grafham water. At the time he found that claret was a killer colour so decided to tie this particular pattern . To give the nymph more movement on the slow retrieve he used a full circular hackle. This made for a better imitation of the natural […]

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Footballer  The Footballer is an excellent early season imitator of the black chironomid, a pattern devised by Geoffrey Bucknall. Good results are usually achieved fishing the Footballer close to the surface, casting it just in front of the cruising fish. It is important that the leader is greased to witin six inches of the nymph when using this style. Dressing   Hook: Size 14, 12 or 10. Tying Silk: Black. Body: Black floss, ribbed with a strand of […]

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Green Suspender Nymph

green suspender nymph

Green Suspender Nymph  This Suspender buzzer, the Green suspender nymph can be tied in whatever colour you choose to make a complete range. It is a John Goddard Classic. Some very good catches have been made when using a team of these nymphs when fished from a boat. The suspender buzzer is at its best when fish are taking nymphs high in the water. Allow the breeze to fish the nymphs for you. The takes are confident […]

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Hatching Green Pupa

hatching green pupa

Hatching Green Pupa  The Hatching green pupa is good when it is hot and sunny. When you have flat calm conditions on a reservoir and you find things are quiet on top and very little doing down low, keep an eye out for bright green very small chironomids. It never usually seems to be a big hatch since these species are rarer than others, but when this does occur, fish this pattern slowly through the surface on […]

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Hatching Orange Pupa

hatching orange pupa

Hatching Orange Pupa  The Hatching Orange Pupa. This nymph shows the correct shape of a chironomid about to hatch, so my advice is to fish it high in the water as the water begins to warm up during early May. Orange is not as unusual a colour for a nymph as you might think. Most pupae momentarily display a bright colour during that split-second before they hatch. Dressing   Hook:  Size 14, 12 or 10. Tying Silk: […]

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