Sometimes a more delicate approach is required as fish (especially on hard fished waters) will ignore or turn away from heavier dressed patterns such as the Deer Hair Emerger and this is when I reach for this wee CDC Olive Upright.

Still a very simple fly and straightforward to tie up it also gives a cracking wee footprint as well as rides low in that vulnerable in the surface style fish often pick out, with the subtle but definite small amount of flash thanks to the Olive Glister tied into the thorax dubbing material.

Great on slower flat glides but it’s equally successful on broken water although I often find it very difficult to see relying on my reactions to anything moving in the general area which can result in miss-timed strikes or even Trigger Happy  ‘air shots’ when the fish wasn’t going for my fly at all.

On still water in a flat calm for ‘picky’ fish this wee fly can be the answer even if there’s not a lot of naturals around where the angler relies on the fish’s ‘Prey Image’ locking onto something that looks like a familiar food item, or perhaps just taking advantage of an easy meal.

To help keep the fly on the surface where it should be I treat the wing, thorax and tail with CDC oil applied to my finger then rubbed onto the wing, top side of the thorax and tail fibres, drying with ‘Amadou’ patch once it becomes waterlogged or after a bit of success with the fish.


Hook; Partridge Patriot Sproat G3AY size 12 – 16
Thread; Uni 8/0 Medium Olive
Tail; Nylon Paint Brush Fibres
Body; Tying Thread
Thorax; Medium Olive Hare, Rabbit, Glister Mix 45:45:10
Wing; Medium Olive CDC


Step 1 Lay bed of thread

Step 2 Select three or four paint brush fibres for tai

Step 3 Catch in tail and set length, take one turn of thread below to ensure they sit angled slightly up

Step 4 Form tapered body with tying thread

Step 5 Catch in a small amount of dubbing for thorax

Step 6 Form thorax and take a couple of turns of thread through to fully secure

Step 7 Select three olive CDC feathers and line up tips

Step 8 Set wing length and tie in feathers tight to thorax

Step 9 Trim waste CDC and store off-cuts to use on other patterns.

Step 10 Tidy head and secure CDC

Step 11 Take one or two turns thread behind CDC to ensure wing sits high

Step 12 Form head, varnish the thread to ensure thorax and CDC remain clean

Step 13 Brush out thorax slightly

Allan Liddle

Based in Moray in Scotland's North East, Allan has specialises with the wild trout from the rivers and burns, lochs and lochans throughout Mainland Scotland and the Isles. A strong passion for fishing simple dries he feels there's nothing better than to see the fish take off the top, but isn't slow to fish a range of different styles when mood or conditions dictate. Although trout is his first love Allan occasionally chases the Salmon, Grayling stocked fish and even dabbles in salt water when the chance arises.

Allan has also represented Scotland at international level, is a GAIA qualified trout instructor and a has been a regular contributor to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine for almost twenty years. Allan’s love of fly tying spans almost thirty years and has been a regular at many tying demonstrations and work shops prior to, and since joining the Partridge Pro-Team in 2013.

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