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Wally wing quill emerger

A nice looking quill bodied mayfly emerger that uses the Wally wings as the parachute post.

Hook: Mustad C49S # 10
Thread: Black
Body: Stripped peacock quill
Wing: Mallard flank feather
Thorax: Peacock herl
Hackle: Coachman Brown

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Troutsman Hex

A variant of a large American Hex mayfly pattern that has a couple of unusual techniques that can be easily adapted for tying Danica and Vulgate patterns.

Hook: Mustad R43 # 8
Thread: Dyneema
Tail: Pheasant tail
Body: Buck tail & elk or deer hair
Wing: Calf tail
Hackle: Coachman brown & Silver badger

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Moose quill midge larvae

An easy but extremely effective midge larvae that works well in both still and running water. With a nice moose quill segmented body effect.

Hook: Mustad C53S # 14-20
Thread: Grey
Body: Three moose mane hairs
Thorax: Peacock herl
Gills: White CDC

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Marabou Muddler

A yellow marabou muddler with a Tungsten cone head for those aggressive autumn trout.

Hook: Mustad R75 #6
Thread: Dyneema
Tail: Red hackle fibres
Body: Gold body braid
Wing: Yellow marabou
Topping: Peacock herl
Collar: Deer hair
Head: Tungsten cone head

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Treacle Parkin

One of the great North country classics for trout and grayling. This little gem, named after the sticky ginger bread cake associated with the same area of Northern England can be fished both wet & dry.

Hook: Ahrex: FW511 # 14
Thread: Black
Tag: Yellow floss or wool
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Brown

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Tying Ted’s stone

Although similar to a Montana nymph, Teds stone fly will work when the Montana won’t! This cracking still water pattern is an easy tie, even for the beginner.

Hook: Mustad R73 # 6
Thread: Black
Tail: Brown goose biots
Body: Brown olive chenille
Thorax: Orange chenille
Hackle: Black or brown

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Tying the Hornberg

The Hornberg is an all-purpose favourite, both as a dry fly and streamer, especially highly regarded in New England states, where a number of variants have evolved.

Hook: Mustad R43 # 6-10
Thread: Black
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Wing: Yellow calf tail and mallard flank
Cheeks: Jungle cock
Hackle: Brown & Grizzle mixed

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Tying a super pupa and a variant

One of the classic Scandinavian caddis patterns. Here I tie the original and the more modern winged variant.

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Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend

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It’s that time of year again! Friday Saturday & Sunday i will be tying and helping customers with fly tying questions at the Glasgow Angling Mega Store Open Weekend.  If you are around check out their huge fly tying department : https://www.fishingmegastore.com/fly-tying-materials_525.html

As always, there will be a fantastic selection of great deals on all the top brands, and you will get a £5 credit for every £50 you spend at the tills. Don’t forget that if you pre-register, you can also pick up a FREEBIE!

September 2018 Open Weekend – Glasgow

Welcome to the Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend. This year’s event will take place on the 28th to 30th of September 2018 and is promising to be a cracker. Come and meet some of the country’s best-known anglers including Mads Grossell from Savage Gear, TV personality Paul Young, Paul Proctor from Trout Fisherman Magazine and MacKenzie, Hywel Morgan from Diawa, Luc Coppins from Westin,and helping customers with the Stevie Souter from Pure fishing & Barry Ord Clarke from Mustad. These are just some of the top names who will be attending, but every tackle brand in the industry will be in attendance. They will be available for you to ask questions and to get help with your fishing.


House & Lot…

Another classic dry fly with calf tail wings and tail and a mixed body of stripped quill and peacock herl. It was also US president Eisenhowers go to pattern for trout fishing.

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Origami wings tutorial

Another tutorial on wings. This time the realistic origami wings that when coated with UV resin look like the real thing.

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Comparadun wing tutorial

A little tutorial on how to choose the right deer hair and tie a comparadun wing.

Hook: Mustad R 30 #12
Tying thread: Dyneema
Wing: Natural deer hair
Tail: Elk hair
Body: SuperFine dubbing

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The rusty owl variant

This quick little rusty owl variant is a great still water pattern, fished static during evening midge hatches.

Hook: Mustad R43 # 14
Body: Macaw biot
Wing: CDC
Thorax: Rusty brown red fox dubbing
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Pheasant tail X-Caddis

 

This is a variant of the original John Juracek’s & Craig Mathews pattern of a little egg laying caddis. In smaller sizes it also works well when midge fishing.
Hook: Ahrex FW501 #14
Tail: Z-Lon
Body: Pheasant tail fibres
Rib: Fine silver wire
Thorax: Olive superfine dubbing
Wing: Yearling elk hair

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# 14 Grey Wulff

One of the classics. A # 14 grey Wulff and a tying technique that is well worth mastering. A generic pattern for many mayflies.

Hook: Mustad R30 # 8 -14
Thread: Grey
Wing: Yearling elk bleached
Tail: Yearling elk bleached
Body: Grey tying thread
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Yellow Sally stonefly

A parachute version of this popular little stonefly with a couple of unusual techniques.
Hook: Mustad R43 # 12-14
Tail: Yellow grizzle fibres
Wing: Two light dun hackles
Body: Yellow CDC hackle
Thorax: Yellow CDC
Post: Poly yarn
Hackle: Grizzle dyed yellow

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The fluttering caddis

This quick CDC and deer hair variant of the original, will float all day long and then some!

Hook: Mustad C53 # 8-14
Body: Two CDC hackles
Wing: Natural deer hair
Hackle: Brown cock saddle

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Sulphur no hackle dun

 

A simple yet effective little no hackle yellow mayfly pattern that sits beautifully in the surface.

Hook: Mustad R30 # 12-14
Tail: Coq di Leon
Body: Yellow turkey biot
Thorax: Yellow super spike dubbing
Wing: Deer hair & CDC

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Deer mask prep

Like a hares mask, the deer mask offers an abundance of material for the fly tyer. In this tutorial I show how to skin and prep a European roe deer mask. If you don’t hunt yourself, you may know a hunter, or an estate that has deer, if so the heads are normally discarded, so ask if you could obtain one. Its a little work but well worth it!

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Cripple green drake

Often may flies become trapped in their shucks during the hatching process and become easy pickings for feeding trout. This pattern effectively imitates the struggling mayfly and can be deadly during hatches.

Hook: Mustad C53 # 10-12
Tail: Olive marabou
Body: Three moose mane hairs
Thorax: Olive & brown superfine dubbing
Hackle: Green Grizzle
Wing: Olive deer hair

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Improved sofa pillow

The stimulators big brother, a real fat boy pattern, that has more attractor qualities than you can shake a stick at.

Hook: Mustad C53 # 6-10
Rib: Fine silver wire
Tail: Bleached elk hair
Wing: Bleached elk hair
Body: Tying thread & Silver badger hackle
Thorax: Cream dubbing
Hackle: Silver badger

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Tying the klinkhopper

 

A grasshopper tied Klinkhammer style, that has worked well for me and gives a lttle different presentation but a great footprint of a hopper.

Hook: Mustad C49 14-6
Thread: Dark green
Body: Bright green dubbing
Rib: Tying thread
Wing: Yellow dyed partridge hackle
Legs: Yellow pheasant tail fibresThorax: Ostrich herl
Hackle: Polypropylene post & Yellow Grizzle hackle

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Sim fly festival 2018 Castel di Sangro.

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In just a few hours, I will be leaving for the SIM fly festival in the small mountain village of Castel di Sangro in Italy.

I will be demonstrating tying may fly duns on the 23rd and 24th, along with some other world class fly tyres at the Italian museum of fly fishing. If you happen to be in Italy, I would not miss this show! I hope to see you all there, ciao for now…


Mayfly tailing techniques

A couple of simple techniques that make for perfect split mayfly tails every time.

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