PRO-Team member Allan Liddle's most recent tutorial is on the Detached Daddy. To follow the tutorial, click on the materials image at the bottom of the blog...

It’s “Daddy Time” and given the relative hot summer we’ve had it’s looking like there will be a few of these creatures about to stimulate interest from our fish, certainly as i write this in early September I’ve certainly noticed a few of them over the past few days.

Straightforward and easy to tie you could simply get away with tying a ‘big Hares Ear Hopper’, however I’ve always found you can’t really go far wrong with the good old ‘Detached Daddy’ which scores very well for me each season and has already picked off a fish or three from local lochs including the enigmatic wild Hill loch; Lochindorb.

I know this is far from anything new, and a style i’ve been demonstrating for a couple of years now, however the way I’ve detailed this tying is how I overcame a couple of  issues I had with this type of detached body (Deer Hair), namely the fact that they are generally far too heavily dressed and essentially pretty weak. I’ve always felt that to pre-make the body on a pin has the advantage of being slightly easier to tie but gives you a much bulkier and ultimately weaker body due to the fact you’ve got the slack to take up after the pin is removed.  So i simply adapted to tying the body directly onto the hook which might initially seem more fiddly (really doesn’t take too long to master) but certainly gives you a much tidier, stronger and slimmer body with the added advantage of not being overly ‘bulky’ at the point of ‘tying in.’

Yes you can use foam bodies or even chenille, but i really like the profile, robustness and ‘natural’ appearance you get from a deer hair detached body, hence the reason i've stuck with it for so long.

Tie ‘em on straight hooks for a more ‘traditional’ look or try this wee variation on the Czech Nymph light hook which gives a fantastic looking fly that fishes very well indeed.  So here it is my wee version of the ‘in-situ’ Detached Daddy.  One to take advantage of the remaining few weeks of the rapidly closing season, knock a few of these up, get out there and ‘Gink’ them up then simply remember to hold on tight.


Hook: Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Fine

Thread: Black Uni 6/0 or 8/0

Tag: Pearl medium mirage tinsel or Glowbrite floss no 11

Detached Body: Small bunch coastal deer hair or elk hair colour to suit. Some courser belly hairs can be used here, be careful they don’t splay too much as makes tying process much harder)

Rib: Tying thread tag

Body: Natural hare’s ear dubbing

Legs: Pre-knotted pheasant tail

Wing: Small bunch fine deer hair or elk hair

Hackle: Badger saddle cock (three turns maximum and trim ‘level’ below

Varnish: UV varnish (Flytek)



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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