I should have started my trout fishing by now but work and some other obligations have got in the way so far. I am hoping to sneak out for an hour this weekend but there seems to be an awful lot of chores to get out of the way first before I go swishing a rod about. In the meantime, here are a few pulling patterns I have been tying up for the warmer days which lie ahead.
- We all like a nice tag on our wet flies but it seems to me we have become used to either sliver tinsel or we use Globrite no. 4 floss. I wondered if a dark tag would work so I made up this fly.
Hook: 10 or 12 wet fly
Silk: black 8/0
Tag: three turns of Peacock mylar (the stuff that peacock green on one side and copper on the other)
Tail: GP topping
Body: holographic silver tinsel
Rib: fine oval silver tinsel
Body hackle: Yellow cock, palmered, the brighter the better
head hackle: Cock, long in fibre, dyed sunburst
2. Many old fly tyers swore by using oval tinsel in touching turns to make the body of a fly. I revived that tradition with the next fly. Who knows if the trout will appreciate the effort but it looks nice in the box!
Hook and silk are the same as above
Tag: Globrite no. 4 floss tied slightly around the bend
Tail: GP topping
Body: Heavy oval gold tinsel. The turns need to be just touching and no more.
Body hackle: A short fibred red game hackle. Tied in the the tip at the tail
Head hackle: Cock pheasant mexican blue feather from the rump of the bird.
Method: wind the tag and add the tail in the normal fashion. Tie in the red game hackle by the tip immediately in front of the tag. Tie in the oval tinsel and run the silk up to the eye. Now wind the oval tinsel in turns which leave a tiny space between them. Tie in the oval tinsel and cut off the waste. Now wind the hackle up the hook by carefully positioning it in those wee spaces between the turns of tinsel. The hackle will be protected from the fishes teeth bu the heavy tinsel. Tie in and wind the head hackle then finish the fly as normal.
3. ‘Bright day, bright fly’ is a popular, and often true, saying when it comes to fly choice. Well here is one you will need your sunglasses for! I tied this for those sparkling days when the sun glares down from a brilliant blue, cloudless sky.
Tag: Red Holographic tinsel, about three turns or so
tail: GP topping
Body: Opal Mirage tinsel
Rib: oval silver tinsel
Body hackle: bright yellow cock hackle, palmered
Head hackle: Either a guinea fowl dyed blue or a cock hackle dyed sunburst (or you can wind both!)
4. This next one is very popular on Mask but I don’t have a name for it. Definitely one for the daphnia feeders.
Tag: Lime floss tied well round the bend, lots of turns so it is prominent
Tail: a few red fibres from a golden pheasant body feather
Body: golden olive fur
Rib: finest oval gold tinsel
Body hackle: hot orange cock
Head hackle: Brown partridge. I have seen examples where the partridge hackle has been dyed olive. Also seen a false hackle of jay added too.
5. Of course I had to have a few muddlers in there too. Nothing too fancy with this pattern but it is a very, very good fly on all the western lakes.
Hooks: 8, 10 or 12
Tag: Globrite no. 4 or 5
Tail: a topping or a tuft of bronze mallard
Body: Seal’s fur dyed golden olive
Rib: fine oval gold tinsel
Body hackle: golden olive cock, palmered
Head hackles: A long fibred golden olive cock under a french partridge body feather also dyed golden olive
Head: spun deer hair, either natural or dyed golden olive