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Thursday, 26 November 2020

Tying a Blue Montana Nymph with Davie McPhail

The Montana Nymph is one of the most well know nymph flies out there. The traditional Montana Nymph was a Yellow and Black mix, however, Davie has changed it up and is using a Teal Blue and Black pattern. Browns and Rainbows will take these flies, so long as you have the right pattern on the go. They are simple and look like any other Nymph, however their fish catching history is unrivaled and its a must have fly for your fly box, especially in different pattern variants.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Blue Montana Nymph Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Size Standard Lure Thread: Black Uni-8/0 Tail: Black Hen or Cock Fibres
Body: Black Chenille Thorax Cover, Black Chenille Hackle: Black Hen or Cock Thorax: Teal Blue Chenille

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Tying the Doobry Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

The Doobry Wet Fly, a pattern devised by a well known Orkney Angler, Stan Headley. It's a classic bushy wet fly designed to catch fry feeders or daphnia feeders. Usually fished as a top dropper; the fibers of the hackle tug at the surface film in imitation of an insect’s leg just as it hatches. This makes this fly ideal for loch style fishing, easily targeting both Brown and Rainbow Trout when the sun is out. Get a few of these excellent wet flies tied up in both bright and dark colour variants, ready for a day of fishing!

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Doobry Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Tail: Flu-Red Wool Rib: Gold Wire Body: Brassy Gold Tinsel Body Hackle: Black Cock First Hackle: Hot Orange Hen Front Hackle: Long Black Hen

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Tying a Deer Hair Caddis Fly with Davie McPhail

The Deer Hair Caddis is a dry fly, designed to look like an adult caddis fly, but don’t be surprised when it takes fish in a different hatch. You can fish this fly dead drift or stripped & twitched. They can be tied in different colour variants as well, with Davie showing a "Chocolate drop"  variant and a striking Cinnamon variant! However, sometimes plain colours work the best. These flies are excellent throughout the Spring and the colder Autumn months.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Deer Hair Caddis Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Rusty Brown Rib: Fine Copper Wire Body: Peacock Herl dyed Hot Orange use the herl from the eye.. Wing: Roe Deer or Similar Hackle: Whiting Dry Fly Cree Cock Horns: Barred Woodduck (optional)

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Tying a Barney Google Midge Pupa with Davie McPhail

The Barney Google Midge Pupa is a fly designed by Richard Walker who wrote a book in the 70's called 'Fly Dressing Innovations' and this was one of his featured Midge flies. He based this design off of the Phantom Midge or otherwise known as the 'Glassworm'. The reason it's called the Phantom Midge is that the larvae are actually transparent and can be found in every type of water, up and down the UK. These flies are excellent all year round and have been found to be quite effective when targeting Grayling!

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Barney Google Midge Pupa Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Czech Nymph size 14 or something similar Thread: Uni-8/0 White Body: Uni-Mylar Clear No.14 or a narrow strip of clear Polythene Throat: Mallard Flank or similar Eyes: Veniards Red Bead Damsel Eyes

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Tying a Small CDC/Comparadun with Davie McPhail

Comparaduns are one of the most versatile Dry Fly patterns in existence. They imitate low-riding mayflies to near perfection and most commonly used during a Pale Morning Dun hatch. However, many anglers refuse to tie this pattern due to the perceived complexity of tying the deer hair wings. Through Davie McPhail's video, you will find it's not really that difficult and to add to this, Davie adds CDC to the body and the wing of the fly to create a CDC/Comparadun. Davie's variant can be tied on different size hooks and in different colours, so it's probably a great idea to tie a few in an assortment of colours and sizes, ready in your fly box!

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Small CDC/Comparadun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry size 16 Thread: Uni-8/0 Lt-Cahill Tail: Coq de Leon Fibres Body: Light Olive CDC Feather Wing: Light Olive Roe Deer and Natural CDC Feathers Thorax: Light Olive CDC Fibres

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Tying a Rough Olive Dry Fly with Davie McPhail

The Rough Olive, a traditional Dry Fly which has found great popularity amongst new and experienced fly anglers alike. This fly is a year-round favourite but finds most of its success in Scotland around Autumn, just towards the end of the Season. As Davie explains, there are many big hatches of insects during this time and a Rough Olive is perfect for imitating all of these flies. Regardless of where you are, on the bank of your local river, a reservoir or a wild stream, the Rough Olive Dry Fly will provide results time, after time. 

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Rough Olive Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry size 14s and 16s Thread: Uni-8/0 Olive Tail: Coq-de-Leon Fibres Body: Dark Olive Squirrel Dubbing Hackle: Grizzle Cock dyed Olive Wing: Roe Deer Hair or Similar

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Tying an Undertaker Muddler/Skater by Davie McPhail

Today we take a look at a fly of Davie's own invention, The Undertaker Muddler/Skater fly. As Davie explains in his video, this fly is a variant or mix of two different style flies: The Undertaker and the Muddler. You can recognise the parts of the fly where Davie has mixed them in, the long fine wing featured on a classic Undertaker Atlantic Salmon fly. The bright, bulbous head which can be seen on various different Muddler patterns. Mixing them together creates a fly which Davie explains, has found great success on Rivers in the UK, Canada and even in Argentina. They can be tied on different size Salmon singles with different coloured heads, which allows for a variety to be tied, ready for your fly box.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie an Undertaker Muddler/Skater Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Size 8 Salmon Single or Bomber Hook Thread: Chartreuse Uni-8/0 or 6/0 Tag: Small Oval Silver Tinsel, Chartreuse and Chinese Red Neon Uni-Floss Rib: Small Silver Oval Tinsel Body: Black UV Diamond Brite Dubbing Wing: Dyed Black Deer Hair Head: Bleached and Dyed Chartreuse Deer Hair

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!
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