Fishing in Ireland, fly tying, salmon fishing, wetfly

One for Lough Beltra

I have been thinking about variations for the basic Green Peter for some time and finally made up this one today. It’s a mash up of a normal Peter and hair winged Doctor. This gives the pattern a bit more colour and also adds to the movement. Does it work? I have no idea yet but it will get a swim early enough on Lough Beltra and even on Carrowmore Lake.

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The Green Peter variant

I started with a small tag made of glo-brite no. 4 floss, followed by a green fur body ribbed with oval gold tinsel. The body hackle is a nice stiff red game cock hackle.

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Plenty of movement from the hackle and wing

I made the wing from stacked dyed bucktail hair. Red on the bottom, then yellow and finally some blue on top.

I finished the fly off with lots of turns of another red game cock hackle, this one longer in fibre than the body hackle. A neat head is formed with tying silk and the waste removed before varnishing the turns. There you have it!

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The finished fly

 

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dryfly, Fishing in Ireland, fly tying, trout fishing

Keeping it simple: a good midge pattern

Check out the excellent video from T. Flagler which I found on Chi Wulff’s blog. This style of midge works exceptionally well in Ireland when tiny black flies are on the water in May and June.

http://chiwulff.com/2016/11/18/tie-one-on-matts-midge-from-tightline/

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Matt’s Midge

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Olive Matt’s Midge with a poly wing

He ties this fly  on a size 22 but I find it works all the way up to size 14 (we must have bigger midges here in Mayo!). The colour combination can be varied too. An olive midge has worked well for me in the past and I have a red version which has still to be tried but should do the business.

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Red ‘Matt’s Midge’

i also vary the wing material and use white polypropylene sometimes. This material lies much flatter and so gives a different outline tot he fly but it seems to work equally well.

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You can rattle these flys out in no time at all and in a wide range of colours to meet local conditions. I recommend you have a few in the box, they are a steady producer of browns.

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