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A Big Thank You To Big Scrim

A very big thank you to Tony for a very special day on the Dee, the forecast was very poor after the last week of lovely sunshine, but to be fair it wasn’t as bad as they said a little rain and strong winds, the first run looked amazing for nymphs but to both our surprises next to nothing, I had two touches and one fish on and almost straight back off, the run was quite fast and the odd fish rising here and there, so  as they say “I went back to the beginning” the odd blue winged olive fluttered in the air but as the water was so fast and broken I thought a small bwo pattern would keep sinking to quickly, so I tried a size 16 sedge pattern and bingo straight away a nice grayling, couple of cast and another and another if you spotted a rise in the fast water and placed the sedge three or four foot above it you were into a fish, quite amazing how you could run three nymphs through the run and next to nothing the fish only had eyes for the surface.

Things seemed a little quieter so time for a move, this time a long quite shallow glide with the odd fish moving, I still had the sedge on so why not try it again and the same result but still all grayling and no trout, it still kept going through my head that there should be some big fish sitting deeper in  the pools, so back to nymphs and see what I could do and to be honest not a lot three trout and nothing of size, try as I might the only way today was on the top, not a bad way to spend a day mainly fishing dries in October.


Something Different

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I love to see different styles of flies, other people’s ideas, some times it gives me so new ideas in my own fly tying, not so much copying them but putting the idea in to a fly pattern of my own, some times they work some times they don’t !!

John McGregor sent me some of the flies he uses o the Clyde up by Bigga, using cork to make them float with out the need for any floatant.

This is what John had to say about his flies and the tying patterns.

Hi Andrew
Glad you liked the flies, not a quick tie but very durable once done.
Feel free to put them on your new blog, i would be interested to hear
other comments  or catches on them etc.the stonefly body is cork filed
to shape then glued on to the hook,this is then tinted with Pantone
marker pen no168T the wing is black lacewing, the  feelers and tail
are super stretch floss, these are tied in then the whole body is
ribbed with either fine clear nylon or tying silk, the head can be
dubbing material eg superfine or polydub, the hook is savilles size 10
or the like. I try not to make the body of the fly too much longer
than the length of the hook as the fish can use this as a lever to
The sedge is a pattern that can be tied in a variety of colours to
suit the natural on the water, the basis of it is again the cork body,
this again is shaped then glued onto the hook to tie this i glue the
body onto the hook which is then tinted, i then tie a short length of
clear nylon at the bend of the hook then tie in the ballon material to
cover the back, this also tied in at the bend of the hook then tied
off , i then go to the front of the hook pull the balloon material
over the back this is then tied in at the front then ribbed with the
fine nylon, this is then tied in at the front then trimmed, the next
stage is to tie in the wings and legs, the head comes next followed by
the antenna, sounds complex but you soon get the routine. I prefer to
tie this on a standard wide gape hook as opposed to a sedge hook as i
find i hook more rises with this hook.
The sedge with the cork back can again be tied in a variety of
colours,  the fly is dressed as a standard dressing then the slice of
cork is put on top which is then  ribbed with fine nylon then tinted
with pantone marker no 465 and varnished.
The yellow may dun nymph follows the usual procedure of being glued on
to the hook then ribbed with fine nylon to make it secure, this one is
tinted with a canary yellow colour prismatic marker..I hope you find
this helpful and i will send you some of the basic ingredients of some
of the flies.
Regards John