How to tie the UV Quilled Black Cruncher with Davie McPhail

The Cruncher is a great all-round pattern but it is most effective when Trout begin feeding consistently in shallow water on larvae and pupae. It is more of a general pattern rather than immitative, so it also works well throughout the season in a variety of situations and waters. It is particularly effective when conditions are settled and works well when Trout are taking anything from Midge Pupae to Olive Nymphs but worth using when the Trout's feeding patterns are less specific.

The Cruncher can be fished on a variety of fly line densities but works especially well with a floating line and a long leader. As part of a three fly team, it makes a great point fly, especially when fished using a steady figure of eight retreive. Depending on the water depth, it can be tied using a heavier hook if you need to fish deeper, or a lighter hook if you want to fish a Cruncher patter sub-surface.

The UV Quilled Black Cruncher works really well in the lakes and is a good competition fly. The UV part of the body acts as a trigger and increases Trout's curiosity.

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. But now it's time to learn from Davie McPhail. Time to learn how to tie the UV Quilled Black Cruncher.

Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight Size 10
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 - Black
Tail: Veniard - Black Cock Hackle (Fibres)
Body: Natural Peacock Quill & UTC Blue Ice Tinsel
Thorax: Red Lite-Brite & Dyed Black Peacock Herl
Eyes/Wing-Buds: Jungle Cock
Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of some Varnish across the fly, using a dubbing needle for a more accurate application.

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