The Black Poo­dle

Russ Sy­mons ties an old-time pat­tern that is un­der­go­ing some­thing of a resur­gence

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MY re­search tells me that the Poo­dle was orig­i­nally tied by John Wad­ham from Rut­land. It is an in­ge­nious ty­ing, but not too dif­fi­cult to tie once you have got the first one out of the way. Some say it was tied for fish feed­ing on shrimp, but in truth, I have some dif­fi­culty with that. In my hum­ble opin­ion it is an ex­cel­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a leech, which in my neck of the woods is the ac­cepted rea­son why black and green flies seem to work so well. What­ever the rea­son, trout cer­tainly seem to like this fly! It was a cou­ple of sea­sons ago, a week or two af­ter open­ing day, when I walked the bank at Ken­nick Reser­voir. The wind still had that keen edge to it so I was wear­ing my stan­dard win­ter fish­ing rig of thigh waders and three-quar­ter length warm coat. It keeps the wind out, yet is still loose and warm enough to fish in com­fort. On the way up in the car I had won­dered how I was go­ing to fish the reser­voir. I con­cluded that the sun was warm­ing the wa­ter a bit, but the wind was still cold, so I won­dered if the fish would be in the shal­lower wa­ter up near the cause­way where the wa­ter might have been warmed a lit­tle. Walk­ing the bank, as I came out of the trees I could see that other an­glers had come to much the same con­clu­sion, be­cause there were a dozen an­glers spaced out along both banks. The fact that the trees gave some shel­ter from the wind might also have had some­thing to do with it! Nat­ter­ing to the first cou­ple of an­glers they told me that it was hard go­ing, but that the chap up by the bush had caught sev­eral fish. Turns out it was my old friend John Glanville weav­ing his usual mag­i­cal spell over the fish. I stood and had a chat with him whilst work­ing out that he was us­ing a slow in­ter­me­di­ate line and a black and green fly. Af­ter an hour he had caught an­other two fish and every­one ei­ther side of him was get­ting ex­as­per­ated – a po­lite way of putting it per­haps! So on his last fish, which was a stub­born and deep-hold­ing fish, I grabbed my cam­era and took some pic­tures and promised to send him some. Where­upon he gave me his fly and said: “Don’t move it too fast, let it sink and swing around in the cur­rent, but move it enough to keep it out of the bot­tom”. You guessed it – it was the Poo­dle! In the odd weather we have had over the past

How to tie the fly

it all again, in front of the last lot of marabou. Dub the butts and move onto the next pinch of marabou. I gen­er­ally get four or five pinches of marabou in along the shank of a size 8 Ka­masan B120 which makes a great fly. When you have tied ev­ery­thing into place and are sat­is­fied, lift the wing and start pinch­ing out the marabou tips un­til the length of the wing is near enough three quarters of an inch (2cm) long and shaped to your sat­is­fac­tion. If you have got a pair of Anvil thin­ning shears that will make the job even eas­ier. Give it a go­ing over with a stiff tooth­brush to re­move any loose ends, var­nish the head and you are good to go! trim the ends with scis­sors. Then pinch out the fluff from the marabou stalks – the idea is that you only tie in the stalks and not the fluff as well. Once you have got the marabou tied in with four or five hard turns of thread you need to cover those tied-in butts with some dub­bing. You can use some­thing like seal’s fur or SLF if you want, or, if you are a bit of a tight wad like me, you can roll some waste marabou onto your thread and dub that over the butts. Don’t be too tidy with this dub­bing be­cause when the fly is done you can pick it out and brush it to make a body which will flare and move in the wa­ter. This is a fly which is all about move­ment in the wa­ter. Then pick up an­other pinch of marabou and do cou­ple of sea­sons, from bak­ing hot to flip­pin’ aw­ful, the Poo­dle has caught me fish just about ev­ery­where I have fished. There is a sur­pris­ing amount of buoy­ancy in all that marabou so I wrap the shank of the hook with Ve­niard’s 0.40mm lead wire (size small) to give some weight to the fly. Then I coat the lead with glue to fix it in place. From what I could see of the orig­i­nal ty­ing it had just a small hotspot of flu­o­res­cent floss. I have sim­pli­fied this by ty­ing in a proper tail of Glo-Brite flu­o­res­cent floss, which has cer­tainly worked for me and my pals. Once you have got the tail fixed in place, you can start on the Mo­hi­can-style marabou wing. Take a small­ish pinch of black marabou and

Black Poo­dle flies – easy to tie and ef­fec­tive all year round.

Ma­te­ri­als Hook: Size 10 or 8 Ka­masan B120 Thread: Black Weight­ing: Turns of Ve­niard lead wire, small 0.40mm Tail/Hotspot: Glo-Brite floss, No.12 (lime green) or No.13 (green) Wing and body dub­bing: Ve­niard’s Black marabou

Fish caught on a Black Poo­dle fly. John Glanville has had great suc­cess with the Poo­dle at Ken­nick Reser­voir.“Don’t move it too fast, let it sink and swing around in the cur­rent, but move it enough to keep it out of the bot­tom.”POODLELEADERSET-UP To a slow in­ter­me­di­ate line 10-12ft of 6lb fluoro­car­bon Poo­dle

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