This month Allan Liddle talks us through a tutorial on The Purple Hog...

Tucked away from a winter tying session for earlier this year, this wee fly sat as an untried experiment until July when I first took to the wild trout lochs of upland Scotland in earnest where it quickly became a first pick for the lightning fast surface feeding fish that inhabit these wild waters.

How it came about was kind of by chance, I had noticed some purple wool belonging to my wife’s mum and liked the colour so blagged a bit, then it sat on my tying bench for a couple of weeks before catching my eye again when I was playing about with some loch flies.  Looking at it as a substitute for a favoured Claret Hog it paired it up with Glowbrite no 15 (purple) florescent floss for a tail and liked the final result, so into the fly box it went.

There it sat until July when the first high loch forays and when tried it was a stand out so much that for the moment, purple is the new claret.

I also like the fact that the wool shade is called heather which kind of fits the whole scenario especially as you run through August and the hills match the shade of the fly, however romance over it’s the reaction from the fish I’m more interested in and fair to say they have really liked it.

Simple to tie and easy to fish this style of fly is deadly, in fact I’d say that Hogs are the deadliest style of wild loch trout fly out there at the moment and it would be a rare day if I was on a wild loch without one (depending on the hatch of course)

Worthy of a place in any Stillwater anglers selection and well worth experimenting at depth for stocked fish, I can also vouch for the fact Stillwater rainbows like it as well as it’s caught well when used on a couple of local stocked waters over the summer as well.


Hook; Partridge Dry Fly Supreme L5A or Patriot SUD 2 size 10 – 16

Thread; Red Uni 6/0 or 8/0 depending on fly size

Tail; Glowbrite Floss number 15

Body; Purple wool (shade Heather). Note split the strands to help keep bulk down when tying

Wing; Natural Fine Deer Hair or Natural Comparadun Deer Hair


Tying Sequence:

Step 1 Catch in thread and floss tail

Step 2 Double over floss tail and secure

Step 3 Trim tail approx. 7mm - 8mm from hook bend

Step 4 Split wool to single strand to cut down bulk and help the body sit correctly then catch in at tail

Step 5 Take two turns of wool tight to tail then secure before folding back for next step in body

Step 6 Take a bunch of deer hair, clean off underfur and line tips then tie in just short of tail (approx. 45 degree angle from tail)

Step 7 Trim hair ends and secure with thread

Step 8 Take two turns of wool, secure and fold back again

Step 9 Repeat process with deer hair again keeping just short of previous section

Step 10 Repeat trim of deer hair and secure

Step 11 Repeat wool body step, two turns, secure and fold back

Step 12 Final deer hair wing section again same as before

Step 13 Trim deer hair and secure with thread

Step 14 Take final two or three turns of wool to form head of fly

Step 15 Whip finish and varnish

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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