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Rough Fly

tied by Crackaig
Fly Type: Wet,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: General Europe,
Imitation: Caddis Flies,
Material List:
Hook: Size 8 to 12 wet fly quite heavy in the wire
Thread: Yellow, I use UTC 70.
Tail: GP Topping tied quite long.
Rib: Silver wire.
Body: Silver Holo Tinsel
Body Hackle: Pale blue dun
Wing: Hen Pheasant secondary Rolled
Head Hackle: Hen Pheasant Covert feather.
Tying Instructions: This isn't so much a single fly as a series of flies designed for the middle dropper position on a team of three flies. The traditional set up for Loch Style fishing. Vary the colour of wing, body hackle, tinsel and tail to suit your needs. Below are the eight variations we have found useful here in the Highlands.

Lay a smooth bed of tying thread along the shank to a point opposite the barb. Tie in the tail and the rib and return the thread in touching turns to a point well back from the eye. (You'll need quite a bit of room here for wing and head hackle.

Tie in the body hackle. This should be quite short in the fibre. 1 to 1 1/4 times the gap of the hook. Wind it down the body, aim for 6 even turns. Secure it by winding the rib forward and tying off. The number of turns of rib should equal the number of turns of hackle. Worry off the excess wire.

Roll the hen pheasant wing and tie in. Select a covert feather with a fibre length 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 times the gap of the hook. Tie this in and wind. Form a neat head, whip finish and varnish.

Colour variations the colour is given by the tinsel colour.
Gold - Dyed yellow hen pheasant Golden badger body hackle.
Red - Dyed red GP tippet for the tail. Red Game hackle for the body. Red dyed hen pheasant
Orange - Tail: natural GP tippet. Body Dyed orange cock, Dyed orange hen pheasant
Claret - Red Game hackle Claret dyed GP tippet. Claret dyed hen pheasant.
Olive - Golden Badger hackle. Green dyed hen pheasant
Green - Golden Badger hackle. Green dyed hen pheasant
Brown - Red game hackle, Brown dyed hen pheasant.

Presentation Tips: When fishing from a drifting boat this fly is the middle dropper in a team of three. Swap and change colour and retrieve speed and style until you find what the trout want.

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