Tying the Sedgehog Heather Fly with Davie McPhail

The Heather Fly is a common fly which is distributed across the UK, Europe and Northern Asia. It's associated with a variety of habitats including hedgerows, woodland edges, moorland, birch forests and wetlands, however, it is mostly found on heathland. Davie McPhail's variant on this fly, adds a segmented body using foam to give extra buoyancy as well as give a more life-like look.

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 the Sedgehog Heather Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.

Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Body: Wapsi Black HD Foam Legs: Pre-Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres dyed Black Wing: Pearl Krystal Flash, and Dyed Hot Orange and Black Deer Hair Thorax: Dyed Black seals fur or Sub

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!