TACTICAL TROUT - LOCH
You can just cast out a team of flies and pull/strip them back and on occasion catch plenty of trout on any water.
But you are not catching the fish - they are catching themselves.
A Tactical approach is more challenging,interesting and over the season more effective. It's also more fun!
In the main these flies are tied on #12/14/16 hooks. These are suited to catching wild brown trout (6" to 12") on most lochs.
FLIES FOR WHEN TROUT ARE NOT RISING (See: BRINGING THE FISH UP)
When fish are not obviously feeding near the surface use these Goldbead and Leaded flies.
GB Larva(White) #12 - 45p each
GB Larva (Tan) #12 - 45p each
GB Swimming Larva #12 - 45p each
Leaded Ombudsman #LS12 - 50p each
GB Damsel Nymph #12 - 50p each
FLIES FOR RISING TROUT
These are dry patterns that will tempt most fish feeding on or near the surface.
Try these in a ripple, dead drift and move slightly by raising the rod top.
Deer Hair Caddis (Natural) #14 - 45p each
Deer Hair Caddis (Natural) #16 - 45p each
Long Legged Midges
Light and dark tyings, a pattern to tempt fish in calm water
Light Long Legged Midge #16 - 45p each
Light Long Legged Midge #18 - 45p each
Dark Long Legged Midge #16 - 45p each
Dark Long Legged Midge #18 - 45p each
Imitates all the smaller insects that trout spend a great deal of time eating.
'F' Fly #16 - 45p each
'F' Fly #18 - 45p each
'F' Fly #20 - 45p each
This abstract Daddy imitation will work when other tyings fail
Straggler FW#14 - 45p each
Straggler FW#16 - 45p each
One of the best flies you can present to a wild trout on any water - worldwide
Olive Bump Tenkara #14 - 45p each
Red Bump Tenkara #14 - 45p each
HEBRIDEAN CAST WETFLIES
Fish these in two fly teams. The Bob fly will bring the fish up that take it or the point fly. Slow retrieves are usually better than stripping.
Use this method when fish are rising or not. Fish can be 'bought up' by working the bob with the rod tip.
Palmered Black Spider #12 - 50p each
Palmered Donegal Blue#12 - 50p each
Loch Ordie #12 - 55p each
Crow & Silver #12 - 45p each
Gold Ribbed Hares Ear #12 - 45p each
Wee Peter #12 - 45p each
Murrays Bluebottle (Green) #12 - 40p each
BRINGING THE FISH UP
Once the water warms up, or if you are fishing shallow water, non rising fish will come up to take a floating fly. Try these patterns, use the rod to work the flies, or leave to drift with the wind with an occasional tweek (rod or hand) to attract the fish. Fis as single flies or in teams of two.
Spiny Norman #12 - 40p each
Daddy Long Legs #14 - 75p each
Deer Caddis #14 - 45p each
When rising fish refuse standard tyings try these. Dressed to imitate natural insects these will tempt the most discerning trout. Minimum amounts of materials mean these flies need gink and frequent drying (tissue or amadou) to get them to float, remember that sunk dryflies will also tempt fish (real insects drown as well).
Natural Caddis #14 - 45p each
Natural Caddis #16 - 45p each
Natural Caddis #18 - 45p each
Natural Midge #16 - 45p each
Natural Midge #18 - 45p each
Natural Midge #20 - 45p each
Natural Daddy #14 - 75p each
Natural Dun #14 - 45p each
Natural Dun #16 - 45p each
Natural Dun #18 - 45p each