Probably the most important water beetle when it comes to still waters. The water boatman is a quick and simple tie although semi realistic.
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A super quick and easy variant of the still water classic, that never grows old. This CDC Shipman’s has the added advantage of a palmered body hackle, that in combination with the CDC will keep this floating all day and then some.
A reversed parachute mayfly tied on a swimming nymph hook, that will give a very natural presentation. It can be fished as a dun or cripple and includes a few interesting techniques.
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This easy but neat mayfly dun pattern has a couple of nice techniques and a wonderful finished footprint and profile, perfect for fooling even the most selective trout.
One of the best little caddis patterns around. With an additional Glo Brite hot spot, when pulled through the surface film, this will bring fish up, just about all year round.
An extremely popular pattern in the UK that is used from both boat and bank. The cruncher has many variants, this is the standard that can be tied on different hook weights and fished all year round.
A pheasant tail shuttlecock that works well, both as an emerger and a cripple mayfly. A little nymph that floats vertically in the surface film. Can be fished static or tweaked ever so slightly.
Not representing anything in particular but everything fishy. This super quick and simple pattern is an absolute must for still waters. Fished alone with little twitches, or with a team as a top dropper, the sugar cube hares ear is a deadly pattern!
An extremely effective loop wing caddis emerger/stillborn, that has a couple of simple but interesting techniques for the body and loop wing. Tie it in different sizes and shade to match the hatch.
A great attractor, but a little more challenging pattern than usual, with several interesting techniques that can be learned and put to good use in other patterns.
This easy fan wing mayfly can be tied spent or as a dun, just by changing the position of the wings when mounting. Straight up for a dun, or as here out to the sides for a spent spinner.
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Not many dry fly patterns can be tied in three minutes, but heres one of them. The Elk & Hackle caddis. A quick adult skating caddis, that is an easy tie, but don’t be fooled, it’s also a very effective attractor.
A nifty para-weld caddis with a mottled turkey wing and a buggy hares ear abdomen and thorax. You can make the wing a little more robust by giving it a thin coat of UV resin.
Rubber grub grub, three bugs in a tub. A super quick and easy grayling grub for fishing fast flowing pocket water with great effect.
The mother of all daddy’s. This larger than life foam bodied daddy long legs, is a great attractor that moves a whole load of water when pulled through the surface, and will float all day long. With a neat foam body technique.
This coming Friday 27, Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 I will be tying flies and signing my new book at the Glasgow Angling Centre open weekend. Everyone that buys a copy of the book this weekend will go into a free draw to win a set of flies tied by me. Or just call in for a chat and say hello, I look forward to seeing you all there.
Heres a review by Magnus Angus from the October issue of Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine.
19 September 2019
If you haven’t seen the new book, heres a short video explaining the concept behind it and the whole idea of it making fly tying tutorials and mastering techniques easier than ever before.
This, as the name suggests, is a quick quill dun that is easy to tie and a very effective pattern for river fishing. Just change the colour and hook size to match your hatch.
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After receiving many requests to do some salmon fly videos, I have decided to do a collection of some of the most famous and fishable patterns. Starting with one of the classic North American hair wings and definitely the most famous from the Rat series.
Rusty Rat double
Hook: Mustad DL71UBLN # 6
Tag: Oval gold tinsel
Tail: Peacock sword fibres
Body: Yellow floss & Peacock herl
Veil: Yellow floss
Rib: Oval gold tinsel
Wing: Siberian squirrel tail
Collar: Grizzle cock hackle
A quick and easy little semi realistic hatching / cripple midge that fishes well. It also has a few nice techniques that can be employed in other patterns.