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Thursday, 27 August 2020

Tying a Green Peter Octopus Irish Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

The Octopus Fly is essentially a wet Mayfly pattern that is particularly popular on Irish Loughs. These flies vary greatly in colour, some bearing little resemblance to the hatching natural fly. Most of the popular patterns include classics such as the Lansdale and Lough Erne Gosling as well as modern flies with muddler heads and bodies of gold and pearl. Fished in teams of three on floating or intermediate lines they are all proven fish catchers during the Mayfly season and beyond. Davie's variant takes on a more colourful approach with more Orange in the body and a bright Chartreuse tail.

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 Green Peter Octopus Irish Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight size 10 Thread: Uni-8/0 Chartreuse Tail: Glo-Brite Floss No.11 Chartreuse Rib: Small Oval Gold Tinsel Body: Red and Green Seals Fur or Sub Body Hackle: Hot Orange Cock Throat: Golden Pheasant Rump dyed Golden Yellow Wing: Roe Deer Dyed Golden Yellow

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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