Wet Flies

The vast majority of my fishing is sight fishing.

A size 12 Seals’ Fur, (or Hares’ Ear) Nymph unweighted and with a small bead head are essential.

The unweighted is the fly I most use to tailing fish. It is essential that the fly doesn’t make a big splash on entry. (If it occasionally floats that can be tolerated, as a floating nymph is a particularly deadly fly). The bead headed version of this fly I use as a searching pattern particularly around the “riverbed” using a slow retrieve. During the may fly season this pair of flies (fished together or singularly) will see service before the hatch begins and often right through the hatch if the trout are feeding on nymphs with only the occasional rise. This combination will also serve in a midge hatch. I like the nymph to be sparse and “buggy” in appearance.

Black & Peacock Woolly Worm size 10 (with & without bead head).

A simple tic with Peacock herl body & Sparse Black Hen hackle and copper rib. Excellent as a searching pattern, can be fished inert to frog feeders where it seems to have the perfect spat on the water. It can be stripped in front of a tailer as an exciter pattern or fished early in a mayfly hatch for trout feeding on nymphs.

Cat Fly size 8.

This fly was originated by B. Beck and is a yeti with a cat fur wing. The body colour varies but yellow seals fur with a dark wing is my favourite and as a “flogging” wet fly it has no peers. Mink tail is the best substitute if can’t catch the neighbour’s cat!

Woolly Bugger size 8 with bead head.

I like a dark tail with peacock herl body and black hackle. This is another flogger that I use teamed with the cat fly. If you concentrate on this style of fishing this fly would catch you lots of fish but you would probably go blind.