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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Transform Your Method Feeder Fishing


The Method Feeder is an amazingly successful tactic, used by many anglers. However, believe it or not, there are many ways to transform it from a great technique to an incredible one.

The Method is so effective at putting fish on the bank that some anglers would be happy to use it 365 days a year. Apart from fishing the long pole to the shallow margins of an island, few other approaches place the loosefeed and hookbait with such precision.

Preston Elasticated Flat Method Feeders
The Method also provides the angler with the best chance of a bite because it always offers a perfect presentation. It never tangles, and it covers the feeder and end tackle when the payload breaks down. It is also child’s play to set up and fish. What could be better?

There are many different ways to approach a session, and all are very good on their day, but you have to go a long way to beat the Method. It will help you to catch fish from all waters in all conditions with the minimum of fuss.

Method Feeder Rig
The positive aspect of feeder fishing is also its simplicity. There are no complicated shotting patterns to consider, and everything is pinned down, so there is little to spook the fish. Of course, there are still a few tips and wheezes you can adopt to turn something great into something incredible.

The following five points are things that some of the most successful anglers in the country have developed over the years.

Match Your Payload To Your Target Species
Groundbait or pellets? It’s a question as old as the Method itself when it comes to which bait you should load the feeder with and something that causes a lot of confusion.

Keep things simple. If you are specifically targeting silver fish and F1s, use groundbait. If the target is carp over 6lb, then these big boys need feeding, so use 100 per cent moistened micro pellets. For every other scenario, it is an 80:20 combination of ground bait and micro pellets. The groundbait creates a cloud in the water, which attracts the fish and encourages them to feed with confidence. The pellets then leave them something to eat and hold them in the swim for longer.

Swim Stim F1 Sweet
For example, you could use a mixture of Dynamite Baits’ Swim Stim F1 Sweet. Don’t let the name fool you. It is a range designed for F1s, but all fish, mainly carp and skimmers, love it. F1 Sweet is packed with all the same tastes, flavours, and attractors as the rest of the Swim Stim range, but with the addition of a sweet palatant. To increase the flavour, you could also add a glug of Sweet Tiger CSL Liquid to both the groundbait mixing water as well as the pellets.

Dip The Feeder
Once the feeder is loaded, dip it into a little more of the Sweet Tiger Liquid. Fish feed more confidently in a cloud, even in the highly-coloured water of commercial summer pools. The cloud also puts loads of smell and attraction into the water, which drives the fish wild, looking for something to eat - that something is your hook bait!

Dip The Method Feeder
Stop Baits Sticking To The Mould
With the development of moulds, Method feeder fishing has never been so easy. But you still need to prepare your groundbait and pellets correctly to prevent them from sticking in the Mould after you have loaded the feeder with either.
Method Mould
An easy way to stop this from happening is to cut a length of heavy-duty plastic, lay it across the Mould’s pan and then tape it around the base of the feeder. This means that the payload will never get stuck in the Mould and you’ll get a perfectly-loaded feeder every time. Regarding the plastic, use a strip from a big food bag because it is thick and will last longer, but any plastic will suffice.


Try Different Hookbaits During The Session
When it comes to hookbaits, always load up with a wide selection including dead maggots, corn, Dynamite’s Durables and their Slow Sinking Nuggets. The reason is simply that every day is different. Some days the fish want a small, light bait. Other days it’s a high-viz one or even a hookbait that matches the hatch. But, by carrying a range of alternative hookbaits, it is easy to chop and change to discover what is working best on the day. On some days you might decide to use dead maggots, but you can even change these from using a single one to two or three on the hook.

Dynamite Durables
Slow Sinking Nuggets
Also, it is even possible to change the same hookbait, and it is something that can make a massive difference at times. Dead maggots are really good because they are almost weightless, so the hookbait goes into the mouth of a fish without them even realising. The bites, therefore, always tend to be very positive.

Loosfeed Corn For Bigger Carp
When it comes to Method feeder fishing, most anglers fish a single line – either into open water or to a feature. This is great, and you will catch a lot of fish. To catch even more, fish a couple of extra lines to target the larger fish.

Using Double Maggot
On many waters, the Method seems to catch more of the ‘stockies’ as opposed to the bigger carp. To this end, you can use loosefeed corn either just over the marginal shelf or in the margins. These are both classic big-carp areas and places where they only ever encounter pole and waggler rigs, never the Method. By fishing a payload of pellets or pellets and groundbait, with a yellow Slow Sinking Nugget on the hair rig, you can get through to the larger fish in the lake because the particle-only approach made them bully the little ones out of the way.

Although there is nothing here that is radically different or mind-blowing, adopting these few little tips and tweaks will improve your Method feeder fishing immeasurably.

This article was brought to you in association with Improve Your Coarse Fishing.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Summer Sedge Fun


For many fly anglers at this time in the season, the evening gloom is eclipsed by the sound of hungry trout splashing - quite spectacularly in some case. The target? Sedges, skittering across the top of the water provoking aggressive takes from trout in hot pursuit.
Cinnamon Sedge


Red Sedge


The scientific name for the sedges is Trichoptera, which translates as 'hairy wings' and it's easy to see why. There are 198 species of Sedge in Britain including the great red Sedge, cinnamon sedge, grousewings and silverhorns, to name just a few.

Cased Caddis
From a fly fishing point of view, the evening sedge sport brings welcome relief during high summer. Anglers often don't even bother fishing until dusk arrives, because of the difficulty of daytime sport, especially on stillwaters, as the water warms and trout sulk due to lack of oxygen in the water.

Sedgehog
However, come dusk, all hell breaks loose, and those anglers choosing to remain at home are missing out on some spectacular sport.

Goddard Amber Sedge
Sedges are at home on a river or lake, and it's one of the few times that poor fly presentation doesn't matter. A sedge creates a wake - or drag - across the water surface due to the fly line pulling against the current or the wind blowing your floating line. Trout see this as a sedge acting naturally, so be prepared for savage takes and proper hook-ups.

Peeping Caddis
It's not just the adult sedges that concern anglers. The juicy nymph and pupae are well and truly on the menu too. After mating, females deposit eggs into the water and after hatching, the nymphs – often referred to as caddis – create a protective case (mobile or static) made from glued-together debris from the bed. Anglers call these the 'cased caddis' and have many imitations. It's just as well really because the fish love them.

Dark Olive Hatching Sedge

Then there are the sedge pupae, which, before emerging into adulthood, betray their presence by bulging the water as they swim just sub-surface. Again, anglers have developed suitable patterns.

Fish the nymph or pupa with long or short draws on the fly-line as opposed to a continuous figure-of-eight. If you see a follow, stop the retrieve and then strike. The chances are that you'll find yourself hooked into a fish.  A positive lift of the rod is all you need.

World Class Fluorocarbon
But during summer it's the adults that interest fly anglers the most. Fish a floating line, long leader and a single fly. Sedges can be seen swarming close to the shore or in the sheltered side of boats. These are males trying to attract females. Occasionally, you'll see a pair break off from the swarm and disappear into a bush to mate. Then, you might see a female dipping her eggs into the water or crawling down a plant stem to deposit the eggs.

Fly Floatant
No season is complete without catching a trout on the Sedge. Armed with some knowledge about the Sedge's lifecycle, when they emerge, a basic understanding of how to fish the Sedge, and a handful of patterns, you will be surprised at how much fun you can have, and how explosive the takes can be.

This article was brought to you in association with Trout Fisherman Magazine.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Smaller Flies For Salmon In Low Water


Around this time of year, rivers will be experiencing pushes of summer salmon, grilse and sea trout.  Conditions associated with this time of year are low and clear water, and fish will be eager to enter rivers in big tides and force their way upstream under cover of darkness or cloudy days. Although not the best conditions, you can still expect to catch fish if you use the 'appropriate' flies in the 'appropriate' manner.

Salmon can see better in clear water than dirty water, except perhaps on bright sunny days, when they may move into deeper or shaded water. Or even better, fast runs or the tails of pools where rippled water protects their eyes from the sun. Here they feel comfortable and safe.

In clear water, it's better to show the fish a small fly, which can be anything from a size 12 hook and downwards. Unlike a small fly, a big fly can be seen from a distance, and the fish might lose interest in it by the time it's close enough for them to take - usually five or six casts later as you move down the pool.

Have you ever watched a pod of salmon react as an angler fishes a fly over them? The first time, one fish may be interested in following the fly, quivering or snapping its mouth at the fly. But the more often the fly swings past the pod, the less interest they will show, even moving away to one side if the fly gets too close.

In clear, low water, you have a better chance of presenting a small fly close to a fish without it realising, basically bumping it on the nose and provoking an aggressive response.

Bear in mind, the well-known saying, "dull day, dull fly; bright day, bright fly," which is as true today as it has ever been, so choose your fly colour accordingly. Don't imagine that by using small flies you may be missing the chance of a fish - they have much better eyesight than we give them credit.

When it comes to smaller flies for salmon on low clear water, there are various categories to consider:

Hackled Flies
It's amazing how flies fall out of favour. Years ago, most folks would have a Black Pennell in their fly box for difficult, sunny days. It remains popular in the spate rivers of Scotland and Ireland. Many anglers prefer to tie them with cock hackles so that the stiff fibres can dance and kick as you work the fly back through the slower pools. Also, try them through the necks and tails. The extra movement of the hackle as it swings through faster water can make the difference. Another excellent hackled fly to use is a Lady
Edna (variant).



Standard Hook Flies
Possibly the most common fly style for salmon in summer, accounting for thousands of fish over the years. They look like little jewels as they dance in the water of swift pools. If the water you are fishing is fast, cast at a more downstream angle. This allows the fly to stay in the target zone longer, giving a salmon more time to take. As you move downstream, cast more squarely as the water starts to lose pace. Then begin to work the fly by tweaking or handling the fly line. Many salmon anglers think this quickens the fly's swing, but it also raises it through the water column, before it sinks a little, before being tweaked again. This three-dimensional movement can make all the difference. Small trebles are popular and can secure good hook-holds, digging deeply into a fish's jaw. But not everyone is a fan of fishing trebles in the UK. You may catch lots of parr with these techniques, and they are challenging to unhook.

There are many fans of single-hook flies tied in the old low water style. This allows you to tie your fly on a slightly larger hook with a wider gape (better for hooking fish) but keep the dressing on the small side. It's a great way to hook salmon when they're coming short or slashing at the fly, a sign of fast-moving, excitable fish.
Great examples of standard hook flies include Blue Charm, Executioner, Munro Killer, and March Brown.

Tube Flies
It's always useful to have a few small tube flies in your box. Many anglers tie them on plastic, aluminium and copper tubes in very small sizes. The advantage of a small tube is that you can use a short-shank hook behind it, which are better "hookers" and create less leverage for an energetic fish. Great examples of small tube flies include a Silver Stoat or an Alistair.

On spate rivers, where allowed, many anglers use a small copper tube-fly on the point with a hackled fly, such as a Black Pennell, on the dropper. The heavy tube-fly will sink and dig into the faster water, which helps to stop the flies from swinging too quickly. It's incredible how many times a fish come towards the movement of the Pennell but turn away at the last second, only to take the little tube on the way back to its lie.
Mini Monkey
The Mini Monkey is surprisingly useful when you are struggling to catch fish. Its success is due to its versatility because you can fish it as slowly as you like because its wing is so mobile, but it still has enough presence in faster water. You can even catch fish by casting it upstream into a waterfall and stripping it back as quickly as possible.

Mini Monkey
It is a fly well worth having in your fly box and using it any time of the year in bright, clear conditions.

Tackle for Fishing Smaller Flies In most situations, choose a rod to cover the river you are fishing, then select a line for that salmon rod to fish at a certain depth, and then select the fly to cover the pool you are fishing. If you were to use the same reasoning and add a small fly to the usual 14ft–15ft rods (10- or 11-weights), you are putting yourself at a disadvantage. Big rods and small hooks usually result in straightened hooks or pulled hook-holds. The rods are too powerful and stiff to protect and cushion during the take or the fight. That's why it is essential to choose your tackle from the fly "backwards"...

Small Fly As discussed, a smaller fly helps us to cover a fish without spooking it. Salmon also become more "trout-like" in rising water temperatures and are more aggressive towards smaller flies, perhaps a throwback to their time as parr.

Fly Rod To balance the outfit, use a light line rod. Depending on the river and conditions, Choose anything from a six or seven weight (10ft single-hander, 10ft-11ft switch or 11ft-12ft double-hander on spate rivers) to an eight or nine-weight (12ft-14ft double-hander) on larger rivers. Generally, these light rods are more forgiving and will protect a hook-hold if you get lucky. They also make it easier to present the fly without spooking fish.
Greys GR60 Switch
Floating Line
A lighter line will help to turn over a small fly, but not too much. It will create less splash when casting, less disturbance when mending, and less shadow on the river. Use floating lines in the summer but use different-density polyleaders to help with depth control.

Mackenzie DTX G3 Spey
Lighter Leader
A lighter breaking-strain leader will improve fly mobility. You could use Seaguar depending on water conditions and the size of fish expected. The thinner leader material will help the presentation and be less conspicuous.

Seaguar Ace Fluorocarbon

This article was brought to you in association with Trout and Salmon Magazine.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Tying an Foam Hopper/Cricket with Davie McPhail

The Foam Hopper/Cricket is easy to spot on the water, it's easy to cast and Trout just love them so it's no surprise they've become a popular pattern amongst angler. These large flies come in a variety of patterns and are suited for when Trout are actively feeding on the surface and interested in chasing bigger morsels. Tied in a similar style to the big bugs thrown in Patagonia, this rubber legged hopper has caught some serious specimens in UK Stillwaters whether fished static or twitched and popped in the surface. Foam Crickets/Hoppers are also an ideal flies to be used as strike indicators as they float like a bung.

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 Foam Hopper/Cricket, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium Size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Rusty Brown Body: Tan 2mm Foam and Rootbeer Diamond Brite Wing: Elk Hair and White Aero Dry Wing Legs: Black and Yellow Rubber Legs Thorax: Diamond Brite Rootbeer Head: Tan 2mm Foam

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!

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Tips and Techniques for Catching Tench


With summer well and truly underway, this is the perfect time to bag a tench. But if you are a seasoned carp or predator angler, how do you go about landing your first tench? Here are a few hints and tips to help you catch your first 'tinca.'

Believe it or not, in terms of weight, tench equal carp and barbel for their fighting power, and the male tench, which have larger fins, can put up a significant fight.

One of the critical aspects of tench fishing is understanding their habitat. You can locate specimens in clear waters where dense weed beds promote rich, natural food larders. Also, look out for features such as bars, plateaux, islands and margins where they feast on tiny snails and other sub-aquatic organisms such as bloodworm.
Dynamite Baits Sweetcorn
Tench can easily be caught using large baits intended for carp, however, smaller baits that mimic their natural food menu can often produce more bites. For example, crunchy little casters are unbeatable; as is hemp. Tench also love sweetcorn.

Dynamite Baits Hempseed
With regards to gear for tench, make sure it is balanced, and you will reap the rewards of the scrap far more than if you were to target them using carp tackle. To this end, using a lighter Avon rod, specialist rod, or even a pellet waggler balanced with a medium-sized reel loaded with 6 to 8lb monofilament is ideal.

Nash BP4 Fast Drag Reel
In locating tench, tiny fizzing bubbles are a tell-tale sign that tench are on the feed and nothing beats catching them with sturdy float gear.

Korum Twin Tip Rod
Hook size very much depends on the bait used. For example, use a size 16 for caster or maggot, and size 10 for 6mm pellet, bread, lobworms and double corn.

Use A Mix of Pellets
One of the most popular approaches for catching tench is using the lift method float rig. To set up a lift method float rig properly, make sure you plumb the depth accurately and then slide the float up to the line (from a few inches to over a foot). You then need to place some bulk split shot the same distance from the hook.

The method float rig itself is straightforward to set up. Use 6lb mainline, waggler float, a 4lb fluorocarbon hook length, one SSG shot, and a size ten hook.

If you ensure the line is tight when fishing, you will observe bites when the float lifts out of the water as a tench takes the bait. Also look out for 'fizzing.'

Float Lift Method for Tench
Another popular method is to use a dotted down 3AAA float correctly shotted and set about 4 inches over depth. The dotted down float can out-perform the lift method if there is a lot of tow on the water and you can anchor the float down.

Being prepared to experiment with hook baits can turn a challenging session into a good one. On some occasions, tench will feed aggressively, and you'll catch them on a size ten hook with double sweetcorn, bread or luncheon meat. Other times they will prefer a double red maggot, caster, or 6mm pellet on a size 16 hook.

This article was brought to you in association with Angling Times.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Tying a Quilled Yellow Owl Emerger/Dry Fly with Davie McPhail

The CDC Bubble Fly is a representation of a variety of flies such as Midges, Duns and Caddis. They can be tied in different patterns which will allow you to fish a variety of venues, from streams to stillwater. The CDC Bubble gets its name from the way it's tied: When adding the CDC Feathers, you bend them into the eye of the hook and it creates a natural bubble shape which will trap the air in the fibres and create a natural floating appearance whilst the hook remains under the surface.

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 Quilled Yellow Owl Emerger/Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Super Grub size 14 Thread: Uni-8/0 Lt.Cahill Body: Light Olive Peacock Quill Wing: CDC Feathers and Roe Deer Legs: Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres Thorax and Head: Rabbit and UV Lite Brite Dubbing Mix

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!

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

An Introduction to Kayak Fishing - Part 1


It’s that time of the year; Summer, when everyone is out fishing the coastlines, LRF’ing and surfcasting. Occasionally you see kayakers paddling around, but they aren’t just paddling about, they have rods protruding from their craft. Watching a group of kayaker’s fish about in sheltered bays and moving up estuaries got me quite interested. We’re happy to stand on Harbours and fish out the odd Mackerel, Blenny or Goby, but watching these groups get access to Cod, Mackerel, Pollack and Wrasse that are beyond casting range, makes us want to get afloat.


So, with so many anglers deciding to take the plunge and take up yak fishing, just what should you take with you on your fishing expeditions? When you do an Anglers Afloat training day, the instructors are adamant that they will not take anyone out for the training who did not have at least two items of safety kit – the first being some means of keeping afloat, the second being some means of attaching your paddle to your yak, so the two stay together if you fall in the sea. In the kayaking context, some means of staying afloat means a device known as a PFD (personal flotation device) and most of these look like a waistcoat with some form of buoyant foam lining. They differ from lifejackets in that they are intended primarily as a means of keeping you afloat, but enable you to swim, whereas the lifejackets you are likely to see used by yachties are mainly the self-inflating type. On a kayak, where you are very likely to get wet without falling in, this type of jacket is of limited use. Kayak PFDs are generally cut so that there is good freedom of movement around the shoulder area, so that you can still paddle, and are rated according to their buoyancy or lift, usually measured in Newtons, where more is generally better.
The second item that trainers will insist on is a paddle leash. This is simply a method of keeping the paddle attached to the yak if you fall in. If you then hold on to the paddle, you ensure that you will not become separated from the yak. Expect to pay around £15 for a decent paddle leash. At one end it will have a Velcro collar that fits the shaft of the paddle and at the other end, you find some method of attaching it the yak. Some leashes have plastic clips that attach to an eye on the kayak, stay clear of these as they have been known to come away from the kayak. It is recommended to for the type where you just have a loop and have to pass one end back through the looped end to secure it or go for one with a carabiner type clip. Cheap leashes are available and can be used to secure rods and other items to the kayak, but it is not recommended to use them for securing your paddle because this is such a vital part of your safety equipment when at sea.



What else should you be taking to the sea with you? The RNLI produces a leaflet outlining some of its thoughts on kayak safety. The RNLI kit advice is split into two sections, one for sheltered inshore paddling and one covering stuff you will need when you start to venture further afield. For inshore trips as well as a PFD, the RNLI recommends a suitable means of calling for help and mentions either a portable VHF radio or flares. Note that although excellent for back up, a mobile phone even the waterproof variety isn’t really up for the job. A marine VHF radio will tell everyone in the vicinity that there is a problem and will enable you to talk directly to rescue services. It also has the advantage that you can listen in to other boat users often other fishermen and can even talk to your friends in other kayaks, so you will find that almost all kayak anglers carry a handheld VHF.



The other item that would be recommended is a decent knife which should be attached to your PFD so that if you end up in the water, tangled in rope, cords or line you can quickly cut yourself free. A Proper rescue knife should be used as these knives have a rounded tip to the blade so you can’t stab yourself by accident. A folding knife is also beneficial if you can’t get a hold of a rescue knife. The RNLI advises that a whistle should also be carried on you, attached to your PFD in case you fall in and need to draw attention to your location. If you are going further afield the RNLI list of items gets longer, where it recommends having the following with you: A Two-piece Paddle, A waterproof torch with working batteries, a GPS, Compass and Watch, Tow Rope, Basic First Aid Kit, Sun cream/Sunglasses/Sun Hat, Spare Clothing and an Exposure Bag. Furthermore, they also recommend you carry a Trip plan as well as appropriate waterproof charts.

On the face of it, this seems like overkill and we are sure that there are some of you out there who just want to paddle out from the beach for an evening and catch a few mackerel. The problem with this approach is the sea is unpredictable and can change rapidly, even with a good weather forecast. If you really want to enjoy your kayak fishing experience then it makes sense to think, long and hard about the safety procedures and kit before you go out to the sea.

It is highly recommended that you seek the appropriate training and kit, that way you can relax and enjoy yourself, knowing that if the unexpected does occur during your session, you will have a plan to cope with the worst.

This article was brought to you in association with Sea Angler.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Lake of Menteith Youth Coaching and Summer Fishing


Lake of Menteith Fisheries are offering heavily discounted evening fishing for under-18s this summer, running until the 6th of August as well as free fishing a boat handling tuition from SANA coaches through their Cormorants Youth Fishing Team.
Plus if you're fishing the Lake and are fishing with a young person they fish for free! No better time to get them out on the water and into the sport this summer.
Get into the outdoors and catch your dinner!
Young Persons Fly Fishing and Coaching.
Lake of Menteith  – Season 2019
Fly fishing for trout must be one of the most effective and easily accessible forms of fishing for young people. If you bring a young person to the lake to fish, they fish free (18 and under) whilst accompanied by an adult. Fishing can be recreational or of a more sporting nature.
Young "Cormorant" Showing Off His Catch
  
Weekly Evening Sessions
The Lake of Menteith Fisheries have a fly fishing club called the “Cormorants” at the Lake of Menteith, Stirling.  
Over the last 10 years many of the youngsters attending the cormorants consistently qualify to fish in the national youth squad and have become Captains and Vice-Captains. Some have gone on to take up full time positions in angling associated trades and occupations.
Free fishing and boat handling tuition is given from qualified and experienced coaches and boat persons (Scottish Anglers National Association Level 2 Coach, Scottish Angler’s Leaders Award, Enhanced Disclosure Scotland). The fishing permits/boat hire are heavily discounted (a maximum of £7 per individual per evening). All fishing is by boat which takes place weekly on Tuesday Evenings from 6pm till around 9 or 9.30pm and runs until the 6th August. 
  • Tackle and equipment is available on loan during initial stages. 
  • Life jackets are provided. 
  • Upper age limit is 18 years. 

Further Information (including advice on rods etc) please contact the fishing coach Alasdair Mair on 07860368472, email alisdairrmair@yahoo.co.uk Or alternatively contact the Manager of the Fisheries Quint Glen via www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk or on 07710 433464.
Next time you are in the area drop by, have a look around and discuss the options with the boatmen (who are all qualified coaches).






Thursday, 4 July 2019

Tying a Variant Connemara Black with Davie McPhail

The Connemara Black gets its name from the rugged part of Ireland, which is so known for its excellent Salmon and Trout fishing.  It is basically a dark fly with a black body and hackle plus a wing of bronze mallard to give it a very dense silhouette. This overall colour is contrasted by a flash of orange at the tail plus a few fibres of blue jay at the throat to create a very appealing looking fly. This combination makes the Connemara Black a deadly lake fly for both Salmon and Sea-Trout and even, in smaller sizes, for Brown Trout. Davie McPhail's variant of this fly makes use of the Pheasant Neck feather instead of Blue Jay feathers, providing a more flashy appearance.
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 Dark Claret Peter Sedge, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Kamasan B170 size 10 Thread: Black Uni-8/0 Tail: Golden Pheasant Crest Rib: Silver Tinsel Body: Dyed Black Seals Fur or Sub Hackle: Dyed Black Hen Throat: Peacock Neck Wing: Bronze Mallard and Roe Deer

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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