Rob Denson first enjoyed success with this Soldier Palmer variant on Malham Tarn in Yorkshire when a farmer was grass-cutting and disturbed terrestrials were blown on to the water. A dozen trout came to the fly, positioned on the top dropper. It has versatile 'buggy' qualities. Tied by Peter Gathercole.
A fly of vague suggestion. When sedge (adult and pupa), shrimp, fry or terrestrials may be on the menu. Use it on any position on the leader and with any line. Hard to beat fished loch-style with two other classic wet-flies. Tied by Peter Gathercole.
Peter Gathercole ties a wonderful salmon fly born on the prestigious Tulchan beat of the River Spey. Gillie John Anderson likes to tie the fly on a single hook, which he says produces a better hook-hold than a double.
Dennis Moss, author of Trout From A Boat and Irish Rise, offers this classic Buzzer for the great Irish loughs. Dennis uses natural materials, rather than modern synthetics, and the result is a wonderfully imitative pattern that can be easily adapted with the addition of a badger hackle and wing to create an emerger.
A versatile wet-fly that will catch fish in every month of the season. Particularly effective on the middle dropper. Tied by Peter Gathercole.
An essential fly-dressing skill. Peter Gathercole demonstrates how to complete a whip finish by hand or with a tool.