This weeks Fly Friday is from Pro-Team member Stevie Munn the Silver Invicta

The original Invicta was the brainchild of English fly dresser and fishing tackle dealer Mr James Ogden. His fly has a body of yellow seal's fur and he first fished with it in the1870's so again older than many modern anglers would think, the fly became very popular and still is to this day.

There is a few variants of the original and they are all considered flies to fish when caddis or sedges are on the water, although the silver, pearly and gold Invicta are also great flies to fish if the trout are feeding on small fish or fry, my favourite is the silver as i have seen this pattern work in all sorts of fly fishing situations, stillwaters working for rainbow trout, on large loughs temping wild browns and on rivers taking not only residential trout but also migratory Dollaghan trout and salmon, so it really can be wonderful little pattern to try wherever your fishing and this is why the Invicta have stood the test of time and is a favourite of fly fishers everywhere.


Hook: 8 – 14 Partridge Wet

Thread: Black or Red

Tail : Golden pheasant crest feather

Body : Silver tinsel

Rib : Fine silver wire

Palmered Hackle : Red cock. (I dress it long because I think it fishes better )

Wing: Hen pheasant centre tail, I use pheasant wing feathers easy to make a nice paired wing.

Beard hackle : Blue jay or sub 



Stevie Munn

Pro Fly Dresser Stevie Munn is from Co. Antrim in N.Ireland, he has fly fished all his life and grew up fishing rivers and loughs in Ireland. He is a qualified Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor in Fly Tying and Fly Casting with APGAI-Ireland, and a APGAI fly casting instructor. He teaches fly casting and fly tying to all levels from beginner to advanced and has given lessons at many schools and clubs.

Stevie has been a Professional guide for many years for trout, salmon and a lough run wild brown trout called the Dollaghan which runs his local rivers to spawn, that said he will fish for any fish that will take a fly and also loves fly fishing in the sea. He has won many fly fishing competitions though mostly now fishes for pleasure and he has also won fly casting competitions including 2 Accuracy Casting Championships in England and at the CLA game fair 2011 Stevie helped set a new World record in fly casting which was done for the charity Help of Heroes, 141 miles of fly casting with Stevie setting the high score of 627 casts at distance in 30 mins.

Stevie hosts fishing trips worldwide and can help you if you want to fish many places in the world including Canada, Iceland, Norway and Argentina as well as his native Ireland, North and South.

Stevie flies patterns have appeared in many angling books including Malcolm Greenhalgh’s new book ‘A guide to fishing flies from around the World, Stevie also writes articles in many angling magazines including Irish Angler, Total Flyfisher, Trout & Salmon, Flyfishing & Fly Tying and Chasing Silver of which he is the Field Editor in Ireland.

Stevie has given fly tying and casting demos, at many game and fly fairs over the years, including the CLA game fair in England, Angling Ireland, Irish Game Fairs, Dutch Fly Fair, Rio Grande Fly Fishers in TDF, British fly fair International and The Irish Fly Fair .

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