This famous fly, the Peter Ross is an extremely popular and well known pattern, it was at one time regarded as the most killing lake fly throughout the country. This pattern was evolved in the early part of the century by one Peter Ross, an extremely competent fisherman who owned a small general store in Perthshire. No fly dresser himself, he is reputed to have taken a teal and red, a popular lake fly of the period, to a local dresser and suggested several improvements. The new pattern proved to be far superior and quickly gained a reputation locally, where it soon became known by the name of its originator. In the past it was generally reputed to represent the freshwater shrimp, but why this should have been I really cannot understand, as it bears little resemblance. In latter years it seemed to have been accepted as a good imitation of most small fry likely to be encountered in still water, and it is in this context that I have always used it. Most authorities seem to agree that it is one pattern that should always be fished on the point, well under the surface on a sinking line. While I favour this method for most conditions, I must point out that during July and August, when the large shoals of sticklebacks and other small fry venture forth from the heavy weed growth or margins in very shallow water, a floating line with the leader degreased should be used. Under these conditions you can fish your fly just under the surface and work your way casting along the shoreline from the bank, or from a boat if you have a friend with you to manoeurve it. This pattern should always be fished fairly fast with frequent jerks and pauses.
To dress this pattern start by tying in several golden pheasant tippet feathers for the tail, and follow these with a length of thin oval tinsel for ribbing the body. This is followed by a length of flat fairly wide tinsel or silver lurex, which forms the first third of the body. For the remainder of the body it is best to use bright red seal’s fur, although some dressers use red wool. The next operation is to rib the body with the fine silver tinsel and tie in a black hen hackle at the throat. Finally, use the breast feathers of a teal duck to form the wings, tied in on top and sloping well back.
Hook: Size 14, 12, 10 or 8.
Tying silk: Black
Teal: Golden Pheasant Tippet.
Body: Tail half, silver tinsel; front half, red seals fur. Both ribs with silver oval tinsel.
Hackle: Black cock.
Head: Black varnish.