This time it’s a pattern that offers a wee bit ‘Out The Box’ thinking and when I first viewed it I have to admit I thought ‘No Way.’

However we were in the wilds and there were a large amount of Mayflies about so working on the thought process of the fish will be used to chasing bigger flies anyway on went this pattern and the rest as they say was history.

Essentially this offers a big vulnerable mouthful to hungry wild fish and not only are they keen to chase it on a dead upstream drift as a dry, but also on the swing and even the retrieve presumably as a small bait pattern.

It’s also very handy in the wild white bits of water where you can ‘dibble’ it up the edges or through the bubbles which bring some spectacular and often savage takes.

Wee warning though is migratory fish like it presented this way too so be prepared to chase after something a wee bit bigger than your normal array of ‘Standard Scottish’ half pound wild browns.

On lochs and still waters it has scored for me across a big wave, or on the bob position fished above a more traditional lure and I think the added attraction of the kicking legs help draw the trout’s attention.

Well worth having and great fun to try and not too difficult to tie up either.


Hook: Partridge Patriot Streamer (D4AY) Size 8 – 14

Thread: Black Uni 6/0 or 8/0

Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippets

Rib: Fine Silver Wire

Body: Medium Olive Rabbit Dubbing

Underwing: Crystal Flash

Wing: White Calf Tail (Fine Bucktail or even a sparse amount of Arctic Fox a good alternative)

Head: Natural Fine Deer Hair Tied ‘Muddler’ Style

Legs: White Medium Rubber Legs (Veniards)


Tying Sequence:

Step 1 Secure hook in vice, catch in thread and tie in tail.  Catch in wire rib then take thread back down to just above tail.

Step 2 Form dubbing 'rope' then wind up hook to form body.

Step 3 Wind wire rib in even turns towards head and secure before trimming waste.  Take thread back third back down shank ready for wing.

Step 4 Tie in Crystal Flash underwing level with tail ends.

Step 5 Tie in white calf hair over-wing.

Step 6 Form base for 'Muddler' head.

Step 7 Form 'Muddler' style head and trim to suit.  Note take care not to tim away deer hair tips that form 'collar'

Step 8 Catch in rubber legs either side of head and secure with thread and whip finish

Step 9 Trim legs to length. Note don't make too short as this reduces desired 'kicking' action.



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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