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 trout may be feeding, or when on a strange water. 

The smaller sizes seem to be more effective early in the year, but I favour the larger sizes from July on-wards. It should be fished slowly rather than fast,and it seems equally effective from both bank or boat and at any level in the water where the fish happen to be feeding.

Most authorities seem to favour fishing it on the point, but I have always found it more effective when fished from a dropper.

Once you have mastered the art of winging a fly, the tying of this pattern should present no problems. The first operation is to tie in about six short golden pheasant tippets to form the tail,using black tying silk. Then add a length of fine gold wire to rib the body, which is formed from very dark claret seal’s fur.

This should be wound on thickening towards the shoulders.Next wind on the ribbing and tie in your hackle of white cock dyed claret. Finally the wings of dark bronze mallard are tied in on top and sloping well back.

I prefer a dark claret hackle, while some fly dressers seem to favour a dark red cock or even a black hackle.

 

Dressing

Hooks: Size 10 to 14.

Silk: Black.

Rib: Fine Gold Wire.

Body: Dark Claret Seal’s Fur.

Hackle: Claret Or Natural Red Cock.

Wings: Dark Bronze Speckled Feathers From a Mallard.

Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippet Feathers.

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