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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Tying the Organza Traffic Lights Diawl Bach with Davie McPhail

Translated from Welsh as "little devil", the Diawl Bach Nymph is a deadly Trout Fly Pattern. In Britain and some areas of Northern Europe, the Diawl Bach fly pattern has become one of the most popular Stillwater flies of recent times, amazing for such a drab, non-descript trout fly. Davie McPhail's version of the Diawl Bach includes a specific material called Organza Ribbon, which he uses instead of a gold or silver wire. It gives a more life-like appearance, especially with the fibres sticking out from the body of the fly.

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 Dun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Kamasan B175 size 10 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Tail: Black Hackle Fibres Rib: Black Organza Back: Red Holographic Tinsel and Pearl Throat: Black Hackle Fibres Wing-Buds: Jungle cock Head: Black Uv Diamond Brite Dubbing

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!

Friday, 7 February 2020

Tying a Blue Dun Dry Fly by Davie McPhail

With less than a month, until the Trout Season opens in the UK, it's time to get your fly boxes stocked and ready to go. What better fly to start with than the Blue Dun? The Blue Dun is considered an excellent early Season fly between open Season Spring through to late Summer, but due to their general upwing fly appearance, they can be used throughout the year. When matching the hatch as well, these flies can work well when Blue Winged Olives, Compara Dun, Dark Olives, and Iron Blue Duns are on the hatch. These flies can also be tied in an Iron Blue or Olive colour, so it'd be handy to have a few of these flies tied ready to go in a variety of sizes.

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 Dun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Partridge SLD or SUD Thread: Grey Uni-8/0 Wing: Mallard Quills Tail: Grey Cock Fibres Body: Grey Turkey Hackle: Natural or Grey Cock

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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