Every now and again I like to try something new in my fly-tying. Recently a friend of mine set me a bit of a challenge in that he wanted me to tie him a box of flies for fishing on the River Clyde.

“Great, I thought, a few pheasant tail nymphs, some hares lug, a few dries and emergers” but no, he meant Clyde style flies: a completely different ball game.

These sparse little flies have a bit of a cult following from the edge of the Scottish border to the central belt, through which the River flows. Once extremely popular, they are seeing a bit of resurgence with more coverage in flyfishing magazines but in order to do some more detailed research, I got myself a copy of John Reid’s cracking wee book “Clyde Style Flies and their dressings”, first published in 1971. 

My friends wish list featured flies such as the Blae & Black, Teal & Black, Sandfly, March Brown nymphs, olive nymphs and the Hen Blackie. Many of the original flies called for feathers from birds now protected so again, a bit of research was required in obtaining correct substitutes. Although they look extremely simple, I initially found it tricky to obtain consistency in achieving the correct proportions but a bit of practice and I was on my way. The trick really is to discipline yourself to keep it sparse – very sparse.

Now I just need to tie a few up for myself and get out and try them in their place of origin!

- Dougie 


Dougie Loughridge

Dougie Loughridge is from Glasgow, Scotland. He is a passionate angler and being from Scotland, is spoilt for choice when it comes to fishing locations. A relative late-comer to the sport, he first started fishing around the age of 13 on a small farm pond near his family home, dangling a worm on an oversized hook on crude, old fashioned tackle. However, there was always an accommodating little Perch waiting to engulf the offering….those bristling spines, vivid orange fins and stone-cold, killer’s eyes…..what a fantastic creature. As they say, he was hooked.

As early as a year or so later he started flyfishing for trout, fishing small put and take fisheries as well as some of the larger local Lochs and Rivers. Fly-tying also started around the time he first got interested in flyfishing. As a bit of an artist, the creative side of flyfishing appealed greatly, particularly creating flies for Pike and other predators. In the past few years he has practised this art at FlyFairs in Britain and Europe. As well as having had several Pike over the magical 20lb mark on the fly, Dougie has also featured in numerous magazine publications.

Dougie is also an S.G.A.I.C qualified single handed casting instructor and can be contacted for tuition as well as guided fishing.

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