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Thursday, 12 May 2022

How to tie a Hill Loch Muddler by Davie McPhail

The original Muddler flies designed by Don Grapen have spawned 100s of variants that all share the clipped deer hair head and they catch fish all around the world. The head is tied with natural deer hair and then clipped into shape. The deer hair is hollow and the trapped air makes it buoyant. As Davie explains in his video, this Hill Loch Muddler is designed to be pulled through the waves and is usually fished as the top dropper in a team of flies.

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 Hill Loch Muddler, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:

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, 5 May 2022

How to tie a Detached Bodied Balloon Caddis (Grannom) by Davie McPhail

Davie is tying a version of the Balloon Caddis, a pattern developed by Roman Moser, it's a buoyant very productive pattern ideal for fast water and riffles or anywhere there's a Sedge hatch. If you ever had a chance to watch Caddis as they float downstream they shiver or skip across the surface film you'll know that the Trout can switch on to them and will aggressively take one on the drift or tweaked through the surface.

The Grannom is a small Sedge (or Caddis) that commonly hatches in April, This small sedge is seen as the start of the Dry Fly season in some parts of the world, as the Grannom is generally the first fly the trout "look up" for!

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 Detached Bodied Balloon Caddis (Grannom), with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:

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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