PRO-Team member Allan Liddle takes us through how to tie the Mayfly Emerger in his latest tutorial.


Simple but very effective this dry fly has worked well for me anywhere our large mayfly species are to be found.  In Scotland these take the form of Green Drake’s and are found in various locations throughout the Highlands, the most notable of which are the waters of Assynt, wild, rugged, beautiful and exciting.

Pitched at rising or cruising fish this fly is taken with confidence, however if it’s really wild and windy (which it often is) working it on a ‘short line’ worked across or through the waves produces heart stopping takes.

The crest tail is treated with UV varnish to help it keep its shape as well as add a bit more protection, although this is very much optional, the fly is equally effective when GP crest tied in naturally.



Hook: Partridge Czech Nymph Fine (CZF) size 8 – 10 (old size 14 – 16)

Thread: Black Uni 6/0

Tail: Golden Pheasant Crest (treat with UV Varnish optional)

Body: Medium olive rabbit / hare / olive glister mix (approx 45:45:10)

Wing: Fine Deer Hair

Thorax / Head: As per body.


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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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