With thanks to Osvaldo, Doriano and Mauro Raspini.

At the time of writing I have just returned from the Ireland Angling Expo in Swords Dublin. This is a fantastic show that covers all aspects of fishing not only fly-fishing but also sea and coarse. I was there giving fly casting demonstrations in the main arena with other well known fly anglers. Angling shows are important dates for me throughout the year as they are part of my job and how I make a living, but maybe just as importantly they are places where we meet other like minded anglers and share our fishing experiences. For us fly fishing cracked pots it is also a good place to share some of our favourite fly patterns.

I was very pleased to see two familiar faces at the show, from Italy, Osvaldo Velo and Doriano Maglione. Both these guys had came to Galway's Irish Fly Fair in November and are well known fly dressers and anglers throughout Europe aswell as members of the Fly Fishers Club. I had a great evening in their company again having some fun fly casting to music. I must admit we had a few glasses of excellent wine too, which was kindly supplied by our hosts Mara media.

The next day I was very pleased and honoured when they presented me with a beautiful fly dressing book, called CDC Evolution by Mauro Raspini. It was a really kind gesture that really took me by surprise. I must say it is a stunning book all about great flies and I would strongly recommended it to anyone who likes dressing flies for Trout and Grayling and fishing with the dry fly. I have decided to give you one of the patterns from the book which is a wonderful all round fly, as it will work on still waters, lakes and also rivers.  I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, my Italian fly fishing brothers. 


Doriano Maglione presenting Stevie with the book CDC Evolution by Mauro Raspini


Tuft Emerger by Mauro Raspini

Hook : Partridge Grub Hook 14 - 18

Body : Striped peacock quill covered with a thin layer of clear glue or varnish

Thorax: CDC dubbing

Thorax Cover and tuft: CDC feather, on bigger hooks I would use a couple.


As it says in the book, this model is simple and effective and I could not agree more. I have fished many shuttlecock type patterns with enormous success, as for simple, that is a trait that is true of many of the greatest flies in the world. Tight Lines



Stevie Munn works full time in the angling sector as a guide, writer and qualified game angling instructor and consultant, he has appeared in many angling books, DVDs and angling shows all over the world. 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 Canada, Iceland, Argentina, Ireland, and other parts of the world. You can contact him via email anglingclassics@aol.com or get more info at: www.Irishflyfair.com

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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