More often than not, these days my fly tying usually involves large hooks and lots of fluff for Pike flies but now and again the opportunity arises to try out new stuff.
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to tie some flies which a friend saw featured in Trout & Salmon magazine. These were Pot bellied Pigs (PBP) and Samurai flies. I’m not much of a Salmon angler so after doing a bit of research and purchasing some materials, I got to work.
The PBP was created by Peter Whittingham around 15 years ago and is responsible for catching countless Salmon pretty much everywhere since! Key ingredients of the fly are the Boar bristle feelers and the cone shaped body but in this case, my brief was to tie some customised with a bright orange colour scheme and a couple also had to incorporate tungsten cones to attain depth. These are dressed on half inch copper tubes and I was pleased with the result.
As it happened, a couple of days later the recipient of the flies was also very pleased as he sent me this photo of a cracking Springer which fell to the tungsten cone version. He also had another Grilse on the standard tube version.
The second group of flies I tied were a Mikael Frodin pattern, clearly designed for fresh fish or big, fast water: the Samurai family:
Various colours of flash, these monkey-esque style flies are designed to swing round fast in front of fresh fish, inducing them to hit hard. Tied on plastic tubes with turbo cones, try these on various line densities to suit the conditions. Insert a Partridge Patriot single or double tube hook and off you go. Incidentally, the Willie Gunn version took two grilse on the same day!
Keep looking back as I have some interesting stuff lined up for the coming weeks including: Blane Chockletts Gamechanger – whats the fuss about? Small stillwater Rainbows – flies to pick out the better fish and I have a dabble at Clyde style!!