Here we have the April fly of the month from PRO-Team member Paul Procter. To see the fly of the month for March, click here.

To all intents and purpose this shuttlecock is merely a Wyatt DHE sporting a CdC wing rather then the more usual deer hair. Although a generic pattern, in the sizes quoted here it's well suited to copying Large Dark Olives and Olive Uprights, both of which occur through April. Granted, such a delicate tying wouldn't be my first choice in tumbling pools, but faced with dimpling trout on smooth, oily flats this emerger comes into its own.

A curve helps achieve that all important posture of an upwinged nymph on the cusp of transforming. Do bear in mind your leader will have some influence here by slightly tilting your fly forward, resulting in a more horizontal hook as opposed to that vertical position we tend to visualise.

Be sure to utilise one of the softer dubbings which compacts more readily, therefore forming a neat, streamlined body to help penetrate a stubborn surface film. All too often beginners make the mistake of incorporating more wiry dubbings like seal's fur for example. Such an explosion of fur is fine on traditional wet flies, yet has no place here. A thread rib might only be just visible, yet this becomes more obvious on a sodden fly.

How many CdC hackles you include as a wing is pretty much personal choice. As a guide, I'm happiest with two plumes. Although on faster parts of a stream, or when nagging drizzle persists then a fly boasting three CdC feathers is often a better call. A tad softer than hare's fur, though still possessing a good mix of stippled guard hairs, pine squirrel has become a favourite of mine, especially when forming thoraxes on both dries and nymphs.

Hook: K4A/Sprite grub size 12-14

Thread: Primrose Danville's Flymaster 6/0

Rib: Tying thread

Body: Fine dubbing in olive shades

Wing: CdC

Thorax: Hare's fur dubbing


Paul Procter

A resident of the Lake District, AAPGAI Master and Wild Trout Trust Vice-President Paul Procter is a dedicated fly fisher. With 30 years experience on rivers, lakes and tropical saltwater fly fishing, Paul is a leading contributor to the UK’s premier publications-Trout and Salmon and its sister magazine-Trout Fisherman.

A talented and innovative fly tyer, Paul’s flies have become recognised as a signature for his many articles. Having spent the last decade travelling extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and Southern Hemisphere, he has gained a wealth of knowledge on many of the celebrated rivers and streams with an intimate understanding of fly hatches and their imitations required to tempt fish. In turn this has allowed him to develop specialist patterns with the opportunity to field test hook models on a range of fish species and ultimately provide valuable feedback. However, having fished the far corners of the globe, his abiding love remains the light line approach on intimate Northern streams, fishing North Country spiders (soft hackled flies) and dry flies. Here the rivers offer such diversity that Paul has honed all fishing disciplines on systems like the Eden, Wharf and Ure.

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