If you're after a new pattern for catching those fry-feeding Trout, then this is one for you. Today we are taking a look at a variant of a Pike fly called the Flashtail Whistler, tied by Steve Cullen.
This fly is essentially a condensed Pike fly intended for targeting Trout and according to Steve, this fly works incredibly well on reservoirs during the Winter.
It's a relatively simple fly to tie that only uses a few materials, but in good quantity to build up the head and body of the fly. Steve points out that if you wish to get this fly to sink deep add a tungsten bead or heavier eyes to get a faster sink rate.
Since this is a variant of a pike fly, there is variety of colour schemes you could use if the Orange/Yellow and Flashtail aren't to your liking! Cat's Whiskers or Viva variants, maybe red white and silver to suit your needs. Get a few of these tied up and go catch some fry-feeding Trout!
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.