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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Tying a Barney Google Midge Pupa with Davie McPhail

The Barney Google Midge Pupa is a fly designed by Richard Walker who wrote a book in the 70's called 'Fly Dressing Innovations' and this was one of his featured Midge flies. He based this design off of the Phantom Midge or otherwise known as the 'Glassworm'. The reason it's called the Phantom Midge is that the larvae are actually transparent and can be found in every type of water, up and down the UK. These flies are excellent all year round and have been found to be quite effective when targeting Grayling!

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 Barney Google Midge Pupa Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Czech Nymph size 14 or something similar Thread: Uni-8/0 White Body: Uni-Mylar Clear No.14 or a narrow strip of clear Polythene Throat: Mallard Flank or similar Eyes: Veniards Red Bead Damsel Eyes

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!

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Tying a Small CDC/Comparadun with Davie McPhail

Comparaduns are one of the most versatile Dry Fly patterns in existence. They imitate low-riding mayflies to near perfection and most commonly used during a Pale Morning Dun hatch. However, many anglers refuse to tie this pattern due to the perceived complexity of tying the deer hair wings. Through Davie McPhail's video, you will find it's not really that difficult and to add to this, Davie adds CDC to the body and the wing of the fly to create a CDC/Comparadun. Davie's variant can be tied on different size hooks and in different colours, so it's probably a great idea to tie a few in an assortment of colours and sizes, ready in your fly box!

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 Small CDC/Comparadun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry size 16 Thread: Uni-8/0 Lt-Cahill Tail: Coq de Leon Fibres Body: Light Olive CDC Feather Wing: Light Olive Roe Deer and Natural CDC Feathers Thorax: Light Olive CDC Fibres

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!

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Tying a Rough Olive Dry Fly with Davie McPhail

The Rough Olive, a traditional Dry Fly which has found great popularity amongst new and experienced fly anglers alike. This fly is a year-round favourite but finds most of its success in Scotland around Autumn, just towards the end of the Season. As Davie explains, there are many big hatches of insects during this time and a Rough Olive is perfect for imitating all of these flies. Regardless of where you are, on the bank of your local river, a reservoir or a wild stream, the Rough Olive Dry Fly will provide results time, after time. 

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 Rough Olive Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry size 14s and 16s Thread: Uni-8/0 Olive Tail: Coq-de-Leon Fibres Body: Dark Olive Squirrel Dubbing Hackle: Grizzle Cock dyed Olive Wing: Roe Deer Hair or Similar

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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