Stevie Munn: Patriot is up to the task!

Recently I have been dressing flies on the new patriot doubles (CS16U/2). Nothing odd in that you might say - I am part of the Partridge PRO-Team and they are great looking quality salmon doubles but as the old saying goes, 'looks are not everything', so I put them to the test...

Fishing in my local Co. Antrim, angling for the mighty migratory lough run brown trout (that are called the Dollaghan) I need a hook that is tough and this is because we fish alot of the time in very challenging conditions. We fish intermediate and sinking lines in rivers that have lots of snags such as rocks, huge rocky ledges, submerged trees and also unfortunately, some man made remains - it amazes me what is under the surface of some of our greatest salmon and trout rivers. All these under water features are where the fish hold as they like the cover. Because of this, good Dollaghan anglers absolutely thrash hooks and their flies and we end up loosing a lot - if you're not hitting the occasional snag you're not fishing as they say in this part of the world!

During the day we fish heavy nymphs and traditional wet flies but in the evening we fish deep. The doubles go on and are put through there paces, we all use over 15lb tippet most of the time. Evening Dollaghan fishing in wild rivers is without a doubt the hardest test I can put a hook through and that is a fact. I have been lucky enough to fish for Seatrout, Atlantic Salmon, Trout, Grayling, Steelhead and Pacific Salmon all over the world from Argentina to North West Canada to Scandinavia and I have found nowhere to match the conditions we have on my home rivers.

I am happy to say that the Salmon PATRIOT Double is passing the test with flying colours!

I have found it a great hook for this type of fishing: strong and sharp it holds its points well and is very very durable. It would also be great for Seatrout fishing, which Dollaghan fishing is very like, and of course what it was designed for - Salmon.

I am going to give you a couple of dressings by two good friends of mine and I hope you also have success with them. Tight Lines. 

-Stevie

 

 

The Fox Fly (R. Bryans)

Hook: Partridge Patriot Salmon double 8 – 12 (CS16U/2)
Body: Silver or pearl flat tinsel
Rib: Silver wire
Hackle: Guinea Fowl
Wing: Golden Pheasant red breast feather, black squirrel, Temple dog or buck tail, golden pheasant topping and a couple of strands of pearl twinkle (optional)

This is my good friend Bobby Bryans pattern and has been taking both Dollaghan and Salmon on the Lough Neagh system for years. A great pattern that I must state is one of my all time favourites. Normally I fish this pattern on the dropper though Bobby likes it as a point fly. That said I have seen him do well on just a cast of fox flies. This is a fly that if I have it in my box it goes on my cast first while looking for Dollaghan in the evening. A fantastic fly and one that will work for Seatrout also.

 

Wee Davy (D.Telford)

Hook: Partridge Patriot Salmon double 8 – 12 (CS16U/2)
Thread: Red
Body: Gold or Silver holographic tinsel
Rib: Silver or gold wire
Hackle: Orange cock or Kingfisher Blue cock hackle dressed long.
Wing: Black Arctic fox or black squirrel or bucktail with a couple of strands of twinkle.

This easy to dress fly is everything I like about a Dollaghan fly; it should be quick to make, not hard or expensive, as you will lose quite a few flies. As mentioned before a lot of the time we fish deep in places with underwater snags and rocks. (Which are great places for Dollaghan). This pattern was dressed and is used a lot by local angler and a great friend of mine Mr Davy Telford.

 

Stevie Munn works full time in the angling sector as a guide, writer and qualified game angling instructor and consultant, he has appeared in many angling books, DVDs and angling shows all over the world. He has also fished many places in the world and grew up fishing on rivers and loughs of Ireland where he often guides. He runs teaching lessons in fly fishing and host group fishing in Norway, Canada, Iceland, Argentina, Ireland, and other parts of the world. You can contact him via email at anglingclassics@aol.com