PI­O­NEER­ING PAT­TERNS

Try these four pairs of sib­lings for loch salmon and sea-trout

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Loch Salmon And Sea-trout -

LOCH SHRIMP

Hook Size 6-8 Fulling Mill Short Shank Spe­cial or size 8-10 Com­pe­ti­tion Heavy­weight Thread Black Tail Hot yel­low over red golden-pheas­ant crest Rib Medium red wire Body Mayo Fly­craft flat gold tin­sel Body hack­les Or­ange and black cock* Col­lar hack­les French par­tridge hack­les – West of Ire­land golden olive (WOIGO) over crim­son * In small sizes, strip one side of the palmer­ing hackle. In large sizes, tie them full.

LOCH SHRIMP MUD­DLER

As above – with a WOIGO deer hair head, tied on size 8-10 Fulling Mill Com­pe­ti­tion Heavy­weight This pat­tern stems from the Red Lady (de­vised by John Murdo Macritchie) but dif­fers so much from the orig­i­nal that I have re­named it. The Loch Shrimp is a nod to the ef­fi­cacy of shrimp-style pat­terns on rivers, which is not, cur­rently, be­ing ad­dressed by loch pat­terns for salmon and sea trout. In bright weather I use the Mud­dled ver­sion as a top-drop­per, backed up by the stan­dard (non-mud­dled) as a point fly; in dull weather, I may fish the stan­dard as a mid­dle fly, but more of­ten I use the Mud­dler as a point fly.

STONE GOAT

Hook Size 6-8 Fulling Mill Short Shank Spe­cial or size 8-10 Com­pe­ti­tion Heavy­weight Thread Black Tail Hot yel­low golden-pheas­ant crest Rib Sil­ver wire Body Claret seal fur Body hack­les Claret, dark ma­genta and black cock* Col­lar hack­les Blue guinea fowl over black hen (or bot­tle-green pea­cock body feather for more “kick”).

STONE GOAT MUD­DLER

As above – with a black deer hair head, tied on size 8-10 Fulling Mill Com­pe­ti­tion Heavy­weight The Stone Goat is gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as a taker of all big salmonids. De­vised by Mark Hirst for Lochaber ferox, it has made the tran­si­tion to the mi­gra­tory field where it is fast be­com­ing in­dis­pens­able. Pri­mar­ily a dull-day, good-wave fly, it rarely fails to get a pos­i­tive re­ac­tion. I al­ways grease the stan­dard dress­ing and, as such, it has taken quite a few sea-trout for me when static on the sur­face and an even greater num­ber of salmon and sea-trout when fished as a “wet” fly. For my best-ever salmon-day on a loch I used the Mud­dled ver­sion on Loch Scourst, Amhuinnsuidhe es­tate.

CLAN GOAT

Hook Size 6-8 Fulling Mill Short Shank Spe­cial or size 8-10 Com­pe­ti­tion Heavy­weight Thread Black Tail Hot yel­low golden-pheas­ant crest Tag No.5 Globrite floss Rib Medium flat sil­ver La­gar­tun Body Black seal fur Body hack­les Red and black cock* Col­lar hack­les One turn each of blue guinea fowl over black hen, over red guinea fowl

CLAN GOAT MUD­DLER

As above – with a black deer hair head, tied on size 8-10 Fulling Mill Com­pe­ti­tion Heavy­weight A cross be­tween a Clan Chief and a Stone Goat, this pat­tern has been a rev­e­la­tion, and yet I have no idea why. Per­haps it is the dress­ing el­e­ments, the ba­sic in­gre­di­ents of black, red and sil­ver, which are the ba­sis for most sea-trout pat­terns, as well as the fly’s co­pi­ous move­ment. What­ever the rea­son, this is far and away my best sea-trout pat­tern, although it has yet to prove it­self on salmon. I al­ways have the stan­dard ver­sion in the un­fash­ion­able mid­dle po­si­tion, where it works mir­a­cles.

STORM CROW

Hook Size 6-8 Fulling Mill Short Shank Spe­cial or size 8-10 Com­pe­ti­tion Heavy­weight Thread Black Tail Scar­let cock pheas­ant fi­bres Rib Sil­ver wire Body Black seal fur Body hack­les Claret and black cock* Col­lar hackle Nat­u­ral French par­tridge

STORM CROW MUD­DLER

As above – with a black deer hair head, tied on size 8-10 Fulling Mill Com­pe­ti­tion Heavy­weight An in­ter­est­ing story, this. I was fish­ing on South Uist with friends a few au­tumns ago. One of my party (Neil Pat­ter­son) was given a fly to try on the un­der­stand­ing that I never saw it – not an un­com­mon sit­u­a­tion. Neil fished with it all day on Fada and caught a 10lb sea-trout. I help­fully net­ted and un­hooked the fish. I have a pho­to­graphic mem­ory. Nuff said.in my ex­pe­ri­ence, the Mud­dled ver­sion is a bet­ter salmon fly, but one of my bud­dies would ar­gue this point, and he rarely has it off his cast.

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