The Loch Fly

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 Step by Step tying of a very simple and effective Scottish loch trout fly

by John Gray

This simple wee fly is rarely off my cast when fishing the Scottish lochs. It is a pink-tailed variant of the Zulu/Pennell. I generally dress it as a simple spider in the smallest sizes and palmered in the larger sizes. It can be fished from the start to the end of the season in sizes 14 to 10 according to conditions.

The Loch Fly

Simple Loch Trout Fly


hook: size 14 to 10 wet fly
tail: pink fluorescent floss
rib: fine oval silver tinsel or wire
body: black thread, floss, wool or seal's fur
body hackle: black hen
hackle: black hen

Step 1 - Place hook in vice and wind a bed of black tying thread to the tail end.

Tying the Loch Fly - step 1


Step 2 - Tie in a doubled length of fluorescent pink floss. It can be trimmed to length now or later. I have left it untrimmed for now.

Loch Fly - step 2


Step 3 - Tie in a length of fine oval silver tinsel or wire and wind thread evenly back up the hook shank.

Tying the Loch Fly - step 3


Step 4 - Tie in a black hen hackle.

Loch Fly - step 4


Step 5 - Wind hen hackle to the tail, secure with oval tinsel and wind the tinsel through the hackle back to the head of the fly.

Tying the Loch Fly - step 5


Step 6 - Trim the tinsel and tie in a second hen hackle. I have also now trimmed the tail to my desired length.

Tying the Loch Fly - step 6


Step 7 - Wind about three turns of hackle at the head, form a neat head and apply one or two coats of Cellire No. 1 varnish.

Tying the Loch Fly - step 7

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