Pro-Team member Allan Liddle shows how to tie the Olive Hedgehog in his latest tutorial.
Without doubt one of the deadliest and versatile wild trout loch flies ever devised and almost my ‘go to’ pattern when chasing our wild loch browns. Originally hailing from Orkney and first devised there from the vice of Sandy Nicholson, the Hedgehog was a surface water moving grab the trout’s attention, big brash and bold. But with all things variations and alterations come along and this pattern certainly has a fair share of these most notably the one that has become so familiar and successful that even the original can be known by its name; the Sedgehog (Stan Hedley) which is essentially a slimmed down smaller version of the original with a head hackle and no ‘muddler’ head, not that many tie the fly in the full original garb nowadays, instead preferring to simply ‘dub’ a heavy head and brush out, quicker and easier.
The ‘Hog’ can be fished on a range of lines in a variety of styles from static surface dry, through surface water moving ‘short line’ style and even down to pulling deep. It’s not too shabby a sedge imitation on running water either, provided you keep it sparse and small. That said in the original big and bushy style in the fast white water things can get interesting and takes are nothing if not spectacular.
I like to tie my Hogs on either the Partridge Dry Fly Supreme for ‘on the top’ work or Wet Fly Supreme for flies that fish just a wee bit deeper, deadly when used in that ‘break the surface’ style wild browns love so much and ‘bows find more than a little attractive to boot. And of all my variations I like this one the best, the Olive Hog with a pinch of Olive Glister mixed through a hare / rabbit dub body mix, great as a general attractor, good in an olive hatch on a big wave, likewise a decent Cow Dung imitation especially with the yellow fine deer hair wing and not too shabby a sedge imitation to boot. So as you can see well worthy of space in your fly box and if you haven’t got any then simple question is; why not?
Dressings for the Hog are very varied and each angler has his own favourite, I know I’ve loads of ‘em for varying situations. However I’ve done very well with this one on a wide range of waters.
Hook: Partridge Wet Fly Supreme for sub surface, or Dry Fly Supreme for on the top size 10-14. (Barbless lovers can use the excellent Wet Fly Sproat)
Butt: Glowbrite no11
Thread: Uni 6/0 Black
Tail and Wings: Fine Deer Hair dyed yellow (Wapsi, Glasgow Angling Centre, Angus Angling)
Body: Mix of light / med olive / yellow hare dub and a pinch of olive glister (Veniards)
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