Without doubt one of the most consistent catching flies for wild loch trout is the now modern classic Hedgehog.
I have many dressings of these for a host of situations and different waters with this one; the Claret Hedgehog just one of my favourites especially for lochs and still-waters that carry any peat colour or are dark in any way.
That said I’ve done very well with this on clear waters also so don’t overlook this one for a real eye-catching fly to chase wild and stocked fish alike.
Hopefully they still have a bit of work to do as the season moves into the 'Back-end' and the troots get more aggressive and I’ll be showing these off to a few trout yet before the 6th of October and the curtain falls on yet another wild Scottish trout season.
After this however the ‘Hogs’ will still get an ‘airing’ as they can be devastating on stillwaters for stocked fish and are always worth having in the ‘armoury.’
I like to fish my ‘Hogs’ either static dry or with a slow figure of eight retrieve; however there are times when a faster strip or ‘pull’ can work wonders; especially if the flies dip below the surface and (with a pause in the retrieve) ‘pop’ back up again which was how these flies were originally designed to be fished.
The knotted pheasant tail legs on either side are optional and I tie my ‘Hogs’ both with and without as I can be amazing just how much of a difference either finish can be to the fish’s taking confidence, especially if fished slow / static.
‘Gink’ them heavy and hold on tight.