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Mixed wing Comparadun

This is a simple mixed wing comparadun that has a really nice effect. With a turkey biot body and a little UV sparkle mixed with the CDC and lemon wood duck in the wing.

 

Hook: Mustad R30 # 12

Thread: Yellow

Wing: Lemon wood duck, CDC and UV enhancer

Tail: Coq de Leon

Body: Olive turkey biot

Thorax: Olive CDC dubbing

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Magic tool tutorial

 

Heres a little tutorial showing how to use Marc Petitjean’s Magic Tool. Everything from a single CDC hackle to mixing deer hair and CDC for special techniques.

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Hot glue flying Mutant

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This is a variant on one of my early melt glue patterns for a large flying Carpenter ant. A quick and very realistic pattern that is easy to master.

Hook: Ahrex FW511 # 12

Thread: Black

Body: Black hot glue

Head: Black hot glue Wings:

Two dun hackle tips

Hackle: Brown

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Choosing and prepping buck tail

 

A little tutorial for choosing and prepping buck tails for best results.

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Oh Deer!

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A rainy day here, so I am trying to sort and tidy nearly 30 cases with various types of deer hair. I have to get rid of some, so when I am done, I will make up a few bags of good tying hair and randomly choose a bunch of my subscribers for a free bag.  I’ll also be doing a few deer hair tutorials on the YouTube channel soon, so keep tuned.


Stripping peacock quills

This simple technique shows you how to chemically strip peacock eye tops using just a few household items.

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Kinermony Killer variant

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Kinermony Killer variant

Hair wing salmon flies have their roots firmly planted in North American salmon rivers, slowly but surely after their introduction into Europe, have fully dressed salmon flies with built wings of feathers nearly disappeared from the salmon fishers fly-box. The contents of the contemporary salmon fishers fly box have wings made of goat, buck tail, artic runner, temple dog and various  species of fox to name but a few of the most popular hairs that have come to replace the classic winging materials. The hair wing flies are not only more durable and easier to tie, but the materials are also more affordable and readily available from most fly tying retailers. All these advantages and last but not least, that fish as well, if not better than their feather wing relatives have secured hair wings a permanent place in the salmon fishers armoury. European fly tyers embraced the the North American way of tying, so much as too develop their own unique styles, that have made them almost unmistakably European.

The Kinermony Killer or KK as it is also known is one of these modern classic European hair wings. Its was as far as I understand designed by Jock Ryan, a ghille on the Kinermoney beat of the river Spey. Its reputation is so, that there is almost no-one who fishes this beat with a few of these KK in their box, or should I say on the end of their leader! And its not only Scottish salmon that have taken a liking to it, Icelandic and Norwegian salmon fishermen have also 

applauded its merits. The KK shown here is the well know variant with a wing of Arctic runner and a even more popular variant in Norway tied in flamethrower style.

Hook: Mustad DL 70UBLN
Thread: Dyneema
Tag: Oval silver tinsel
Rear body: Flat holographic tinsel
Rib: Silver tinsel
Body hackle: Yellow cock
Front body: Black floss
Second body hackle: Hot orange cock
Under wing: Hot orange and yellow buck tail with crystal flash
Wing: Black Artic runner
Front hackle: Blue cock
Sides: Jungle cock
Head: Red

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Secure your double hook securely in the vice with the hook shaft horizontal. Attach your tying thread and tie in a length of medium oval silver tinsel and make four or five turns to form the tag.

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Now tie in a length of flat holographic tinsel for the rear body.

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Wrap the flat holographic tinsel along the rear of the hook shank to form the rear body and tie off.

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Remove the excess flat holographic tinsel and then make three turns of oval tinsel for the rib.

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Tie in the yellow cock hackle and wrap as shown.

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Now tight into the yellow hackle base tie in a length of oval silver tinsel and a length of black floss and wind your tying thread forward.

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Wrap your black floss in neat flat turns forward and tie off. Now make three turns of oval tinsel for the front body rib. 

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Cut a small bunch of yellow and hot orange buck tail and mix together. Tie this in, the wing should be approximately 2X the length of the hook . 

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Cut three strands of Crystal hair and tie in on top of the wing. These should be a little longer than the buck tail wing.

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Select a long fibered hot orange cock hackle and tie this in tight to the wing base. Wrap the hackle as shown and tie off.

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The over wing requires a bunch of black Arctic runner hair cleaned and tapered at the points. This should be tied in as shown a little longer than the crystal hair.

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Again choose a blue cock hackle with extra long fibres and wrap as the front hackle.

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Select two matching jungle cock eyes and tie these in one each side at a slightly upward angle.

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Last, if you are using Dyneema colour the thread with a red waterproof felt pen and whip-finish. Give the head a couple of coats of  varnish.

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The KK tied flamethrower style.


Fan wing March Brown

This is an interesting pattern only using the classic combination of partridge and hares ear for this dry fan wing March brown mayfly.

Hook: Mustad R30 # 10
Thread: Brown
Tail: Partridge tail feather fibers
Body: Hares ear dubbing & fine silver tinsel
Wings: Two partridge mottled brown feathers
Thorax: Hares ear dubbing

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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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