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Dib­ble this fiery top drop­per fly in late sum­mer, rec­om­mends Rob Den­son

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Dib­ble the Gor­geous Ge­orgina in late sum­mer, rec­om­mends Rob Den­son

CON­TIN­U­ING LAST MONTH’S theme of big, daft, at­ten­tion-seek­ing top-drop­pers, here’s one that’s next to use­less for large por­tions of the sea­son. Pick this vari­ant of the Gor­geous Ge­orge on the right day, how­ever, and a cricket score is on the cards. I never rated the orig­i­nal Ge­orge – an in­con­gru­ous col­lec­tion of colour­ful parts. I tied it and tried it – as one does and one must, in or­der to pass opin­ion – but suc­cess was lim­ited and I de­cided I was more than ca­pa­ble of ty­ing some­thing just as use­less my­self. To be fair, the Gor­geous Ge­orge (named af­ter the flam­boy­ant Amer­i­can wrestler) has an army of fans, a few of which I’ve wit­nessed do­ing se­ri­ous dam­age with this un­likely-look­ing hero. But af­ter four or five fruit­less for­ays I couldn’t get it to work and dis­missed it as a con­fi­dence pat­tern. Or, in my case, a lack-of-con­fi­dence pat­tern. One thing I did like, though, was its ba­sic de­sign and I won­dered what the fe­male of the species might look like. One of my big­gest is­sues with the Ge­orge was the jux­ta­po­si­tion of the Glo-brite No.11 tail and the No.5 butt – not a com­bi­na­tion I find par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing, so that was the first thing to go. I re­placed the floss tail with a golden-pheas­ant tip­pet dyed Orkney peach and took it from there. The main ob­jec­tive – which I think I achieved – was to har­monise the colour scheme to some­thing more in tune with my con­cept of a late-sum­mer top drop­per. Legs, wings and bold, strong colours with the ac­cent on red, or­ange and claret hues are sure to pro­duce ei­ther an ag­gres­sive re­sponse or a feed­ing re­sponse or some­times both. Be­ing bushy and colour­ful top-drop­per wet-flies, the Ge­orge and the Ge­orgina op­er­ate in and on the sur­face with a float­ing or very slow in­ter­me­di­ate line, and as such they do their best work in the se­cond half of the sea­son. I’ve had ex­cel­lent ses­sions fish­ing the Ge­orgina for wild, grown-on or re­cently stocked fish, just a few days and a few miles apart on Stocks Reser­voir and Mal­ham Tarn, and also fur­ther afield in Orkney and Chew. Sim­ple, clas­sic loch-style gets the best out of the Ge­orgina. An 11ft rod is per­fect for ex­tended con­trol of the top drop­per, but a 10ft rod will do just fine. Then it’s just a sim­ple case of rolling a short length (10-15 yards) of float­ing line over the waves and then grad­u­ally lift­ing the rod as you re­trieve. As soon as you are able to lift the top drop­per off the wa­ter, do so and then drop it back into the film, then hold, hold, and hold some more – trout love the bulge cre­ated as you lift the fly slightly against the sur­face ten­sion. See­ing a trout come to the fly at this point and then take and turn down is as good as it gets. It hap­pens a lot with the Ge­orgina.

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