TO CATCH A SPRINGER
As well as tweaking the materials of the Willie Gunn you can also change the style in which it’s tied to match different water conditions. At the start of the season, in cold water, you need a big fly, to be fished slowly in the softer flows found near the banks and at the inside of bends where springers creep up the river. Intruders are ideal, used on a skagit line and fast-sinking tip. Tied on tubes or shanks, it's always worth having a few in your box for any occasion when the river may bump to heights you think are unfishable. It’s surprising how many salmon you can pick up close to the river’s edge.