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Trout Flies for the River Clyde

Compiled by Tom Forsyth of Lesmahagow (1907 - 1999)

Page 5

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Favourite Flies for the River Clyde (continued)


"FIREFLIES" that kill at Dusk


Hook: Size 8

Tail: Short piece of arc chrome fluorescent wool at dusk, or signal green after dusk

Body: Peacock herl dressed flat with lead wire beneath

Hackle: Black hen



Hook: Size 12

Tail: Few fibres of cock pheasant tail

Body: Mixed dubbing of claret seal's fur and clipped fire-orange fluorescent wool

Rib: Fine round silver tinsel

Hackle: Small, sparse black hen



Hook: Size 12

Tail: Short stump of fire-orange fluorescent floss

Body: Silver tinsel

Head: Black ostrich herl



This fly has four cream hackles, the body material is undyed swan herl and the tying silk is dark brown. This silk is allowed to show a little on each side of each hackle. The hook size is 12 longshank. The fly is fished dry but it should not sit high on the water  but rather in the surface film.

Lucky Alphonse fly



This is a Yorkshire dry fly and it should be dressed sparsely to give the best results.

Tail: Two or three pale ginger cock hackle whisks

Body: Pale rabbit's or mole's fur, either lightly dubbed on to yellow silk so that the silk shows through the fur or with the fur put on first and ribbed afterwards with a piece of unwaxed yellow tying silk. If you use a minimum of fur to give the fly a very slender body, you can then use the yellow thread to rib it carefully and neatly to produce an attractive looking body for the fly.

Wings: Slender strips of pale starling, and these are tied forward, toward the eye of the hook

Hackle: Pale ginger cock hackle


Driffield Cun



Hook: Size 13 to 16

Tying silk: Brown

Body: Olive green condor or similar. Use three fibres and leave one eighth of an inch of tips protruding to represent the tails of the nymph. Tie in silver lurex rib and cover up to the thorax with strips of olive dyed or clear P.V.C.

Thorax: Peacock herl with three dark pheasant tail fibres doubled and redoubled on top to form wing cases

Hackle: Two turns only of pale honey. The body material and hackle may be varied in colour to match the colours of the prevalent naturals.


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