This fantastic pattern is a local one that is very well known in my part of the world (Co. Antrim in N. Ireland). It was first dressed by local angler and long-time friend Bobby Bryans in the early 1980s and has been working consistently ever since. When I am chasing Dollaghan it is rarely of my cast as it has counted for thousands of fish over the years. I also have in the past done well with it on Salmon on the river Bush.  

 

The Fox Fly (by R. Bryans) Dressed by Stevie Munn

Materials

Hook :    8 – 12 Partridge PATRIOT DOUBLE UP-EYE   

Body :   Silver or pearl flat tinsel

Rib :       Silver wire

Hackle :   Guinea Fowl

Wing :     Golden Pheasant red breast feather, black squirrel, Temple dog or buck tail, golden pheasant topping and a couple of strands of pearl twinkle (optional)

This  fly is one of my all time favourites as it has worked well for me on my local river the sixmile water, where it has taken salmon and also the migratory Dollaghan trout, which run from lough Neagh to the feeder streams to spawn, It is a first choice pattern to put on the dropper when Salmon and Dollaghan where in the system. I fish it on sink tip or intermediate line. A great fly; fish it with the up-most confidence. I hope it works for you. Tight Lines Stevie

 

Bio. Stevie Munn works full time in the angling sector as a fully qualified guide on the Sixmile River, writer and qualified game angling instructor and game angling consultant for Fishing Matters,he has appeared in many angling magazines, books, DVDs and angling shows all over the world where he gives fly casting demonstrations. He has also fished many places in the world and grew up fishing on rivers and loughs of Ireland where he often guides. He runs teaching lessons in fly fishing and host groups fishing in Norway, Canada, Iceland, Argentina, Ireland. You can contact him via email anglingclassics@aol.com  or get more info at www.anglingclassics.co.uk

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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