An easy one for the last one of this year and a pattern that’s brought me success on still waters targeting sighted fish, as well as in deeper faster runs on our rivers and streams. In fact I would expect it not to be too shabby for grayling either so you might say it’s a bit of an all-rounder following my successes on both stocked rainbows as well as wild browns over the past year.

Works well as an anchor fly on rivers with one or two lighter nymphs above and in order to enhance this I added the nylon bristle tails which I feel makes the pattern better, however given that fish in these fast deep holes and runs have limited time to study a fly I wouldn’t say this is any form of exact science.

Pitched in front of sighted fish this pattern certainly has the ability to draw fish towards it and takes are often confident when many other flies have simply been ignored, add to this the fact it’s not too shabby an attractor pattern fished ‘blind’ in coloured water either so well worthy of a place in the armoury.

Hook; Partridge Patriot Wet Wide (PWW) size 12 – 14
Thread; Fine Nylon
Tail; Nylon Paint Brush Fibres
Butt; Large Mirage Pearl Tinsel
Body; Hends Lead 0.7mm
Body Colour; Olive Pantone Pen
Flashback; Large Mirage Pearl Tinsel
Body Seal; Solarez Extra Fine UV Resin
Thorax Cover; Black Pantone Pen
Thorax Seal; Solarez Extra Fine UV Resin
Head; 3.0mm Hot Orange (Floro) Tungsten Bead

Tying Sequence:

Step 1 Place bead on hook, hook in vice, catch in nylon thread and tail fibres

Step 2 Trim tail fibre ends, secure down and leave nylon thread at 'butt' end of fly. Flatten end of lead wire

Step 3 Press lead firmly to end of body and wind up hook shank in tight turns

Step 4 Catch in Mirage Tinsel and form 'butt' before securing with nylon thread.

Step 5 Place Mirage over back of fly and secure with turns of nylon thread between lead turns.  Whip finish thread at head.

Step 6 Colour body and 'butt' all over with olive pen. Don't worry if ink runs into tail fibres, adds to the effect (Although this generally tends to ‘wash out’ slightly when fished)

Step 7 Cover all of body (but not tail fibres) with UV Resin and cure with torch

Step 8 Colour thorax and top of bead with black Pantone pen

Step 9 Cover thorax colour and any body areas requiring more resin and cure with UV torch



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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