PRO-Team member Allan Liddle's most recent tutorial is on the Loch Ordie. To follow the tutorial, click on the materials image at the bottom of the blog...
As old as the hills and catcher of many a wild trout, not to forget sea trout, salmon and a decent attractor for rainbows comes a fly that has as many variations as it has anglers who have used it, the Loch Ordie.
Originally a Dapping pattern the name is after it’s water of birth, Perthshire’s Loch Ordie. This fly has been altered, tweaked, chopped and changed a lot since those early days, some styles moving so far from the original concept that it’s really hard to see why it’s got Ordie in the name at all.
For me I like this particular dressing, especially when there’s a big choppy wave and you fish it on a ‘short line’ across the wave tops and though the troughs where takes are often spectacular rod slamming affairs - the memory of which stays with you a long time. Although not a million miles away from the original scaled down fly in terms of tying concept (i.e. a body made up from tightly palmered hackles and finished with a white head) I also, to be honest, say this is by no means a traditional Ordie. For me it's the addition of the ‘Glowbrite 11’ tail and the substitution of different coloured hackles on the original (ranging from dark at the rear through to a medium brown at the head that’s still finished with that all important ‘webby’ white head hackle). I also like to simplify the process a little by changing to a dark centred brown genetic hackle which gives the desired contrast, coupled with the ease of simply using a modern single hackle. This fly is a simple but still very enjoyable pattern to tie. And it doesn’t detract from the original fish attracting qualities, on the contrary the uv in the tail I feel enhances its appeal to the trout not only on or in the surface, but also when fished at depth in conjunction with a couple of ‘pulling’ flies.
Whatever your particular style of dressing, or preferred fishing method, this is still a fly that’s more than earned a place in every loch and still water anglers fly box, I know there will always be a few tucked away in mine.
Thread: Uni 6/0 in black
Tail: Glowbrite floss no 11
Body: Medium brown dark centred cock saddle hackle
Head: ‘Webby’ white cock hackle (4 turns)