PRO-Team member Allan Liddle's most recent tutorial is on the March Brown Jingler. To follow the tutorial, click on the materials image at the bottom of the blog...

Big n Bushy the Jingler looks more like a Loch Fly than a river pattern to me but hailing from the Scottish Borders many moons ago for use on the mighty Tweed a river fly it certainly is.

Watching the fly drift downstream with the soft Partridge hackle trailing it certainly looks like a Large Dark Olive / Olive Upright or March Brown struggling to get free of the water’s surface and certainly catches the trout’s attention.

Simply ‘Gink’ the upper half of the fly or as I sometimes do, trim the bottom hackle to help it ride level and low (although to be fair this isn’t really required but more a habit I’ve became fixated with over recent years).

And not too shabby a loch pattern as originally suggested either making it a good all round pattern to have in your armoury.

Hook: Partridge Ideal Dry size 10 to 12 (12 to 14 for olive versions)

Thread: Uni 6/0 or 8/0 black

Tail: Partridge fibres (I’ve started using an alternative well marked natural hen hackle from Chevron hackles, excellent substitute and much easier to tie with)

Tag: (not essential) Medium Mirage pearl tinsel (adds a wee bit flash to the fly but best to have some without in case trout simply shy away from the ‘sparkle’)

Rib: Tying thread tag

Body: Natural hares ear or squirrel dubbing

Hackle: Black barred ginger cock saddle (tie six or seven turns)

Head: Partridge (again I opt for the Chevron alternative)



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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