Mini Scandi Lure – Michael Beaty Some tyers add ‘bells and whistles’ to a fly without really adding much in terms of function or appearance. Others, like Michael, are the sort of tyers who add in extras that add to the fly’s appeal. I love the layered wing using three materials, staggered (salmon fly style) into a tear-drop shape. The longer layer is on top and the bulk is at the front of the wing so that it tapers to a fine point. Leaving the hackle tips in is also a nice touch! Dragon Fritz Dabbler – Michael Everitt This pattern has great proportions and is a decent hybrid of a modern wet fly, the Dabbler, but made even more modern with up-to-date materials. I particularly like the pearl flash underneath the fly, which adds depth and a little translucency. Many tyers take the easy option of adding sparkle to the top of a fly, but adding it into the internal workings creates a brilliant effect allowing light to appear within the pattern. Clan Chief Straggler – Brian Dawson Okay, it might lack the subtlety of the original Clan Chief, but I think Brian has just managed to pull this one off. Any more Straggle and it runs the risk of looking a bit too messy. What I also admire is that the entire fly is made of man-made materials. It’s intended as a ‘waterpushing’ fly and it certainly will do that. Green Mickey Muddler – Michael Polin Black and green is a colour combination not often seen in wet flies, appearing more in lure patterns. But Michael has created a very good Muddler/wet fly pattern. Pulse Cat – Ashley Morton Ashley can be forgiven for not creating a mini lure/wet hybrid because our challenge was a little ambiguous to be fair. What he’s achieved is an excellent modern lure made almost entirely from manmade materials, save for the jungle cock. The new soft Pulse yarn provides plenty of movement and the orange hotspot head contrasts well with the rest of the pattern. Flash ‘Arry – Ian Barrow Just like the 8th-placed fly (Blackpool, tied by Rob Horgan) the Flash ‘Arry has also added sparkle underneath the hackle as opposed to on top. This helps flash to shine through the fly creating an interesting effect. The fish can’t resist this subtle attraction and sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. Get that subtle flash to shine through the fly and gain more takes!