What’s in YOUR BOX?
Craig Barr highlights some of the key patterns in his fly box …
CRAIG Barr is a top competition angler, regular Trout Fisherman stillwater contributor and owner of the Flash Attack Flies company which offers a wide range of quality patterns, mainly for UK stillwaters. We asked him to wax lyrical about three patterns that are regularly plucked from his fly box. That’s not to say that the other patterns in the picture are inferior - far from it!
1 Pink Squirmy Worm
Okay, imitative it ain’t! But this is a pattern purely for the stillwaters. It’s productive when fished static under the indicator when it’s deadly fished on the drop. The rubber legs have incredible movement, even when not retrieved, but a jigged sink-and-draw motion increases the movement to irresistible levels with the pattern rising and falling enticingly – the trout simply can’t resist. Fish this fly on a floating line.
2 Tungsten Headed Hare’s Ear
A versatile pattern that will work on rivers with a good flow or as a stalking fly on clear stillwaters. It sinks fast and turns the leader over well – perfect when trying to intercept cruising trout. Two of these fished on a short leader in the edges close to reeds and into deep holes will serve the stalker well. A suggestive fly representing all manner of aquatic life.
3 Traffic Light Buzzer
This is my ‘go to’ Buzzer pretty much all year round on our reservoirs, whether fished barbed or barbless. It’s an all-round Buzzer pattern and one of Flash Attack Flies’ best sellers. Fish it static as part of a team on a floating or intermediate fly line for best results. The attractive green rib and red cheeks do tend to attract attention from the trout.
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