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Dutch

fly ting pattern for common horsefly wanted

My son regularly uses common horseflies as droppers with very interesting catches of perch (perca fluviatilis) as a result. So I picked up the idea of tying me a wet fly in that shape but I'm having a hard time finding a pattern for it.

Suggestions anyone please?
Woodsmoke

Hmmm, interesting! My first thought would be to try a dubbed mixed red/black seals fur body with a yellow floss rib. You could also try dubbed harelug & add flash with a tinsel rib? Black hen hackle, maybe a blae (starling) wing, & a silver tag?

Interesting one, this. Can you let me know what you think?
Dutch

A black seal body sounds very clever indeed, but I don't have any of that so I might try dubbed hare. Actually I was thinking in the direction of a modified pheasant's tail nymph but I like the dubbed body better for this.

I'm still open for suggestions, I might have to try several patterns to find something working
Woodsmoke

Absolutely! That's always the way though, isn't it? And half the fun of getting it right is the experimentation.

I remember an episode on the Clyde up here. I came across what looked like a really decent fish under a bush on the far bank. No matter what I put across him he wouldn't look at it. I eventually gave up & waded over to see what was falling from the bush. Turned out to be tiny green/yellow caterpillars that he was pre-occupied with.

I racked my brains that night to come up with a pattern, & eventually fed a few yellow beads onto the hook shank, & finished it off with a tiny furnace hackle.

First cast the next morning & I had him!   1 1/2lb of beautiful brown trout. I let him go to fight another day, as he was probably one of the biggest fish in that stretch of water.

If you're stuck for seals fur, I'll have a dig about in my boxes & see if I can't find some I can spare  

By the way, modifying the PTN pattern sounds ideal for the wing cases!
Dutch

Thanks for the offer on the seal Woodsmoke, I'll try with what I have first but comes urgent need I might just give a shout.

That's a great story with the local record trout, he or she obviously found himself a nice spot where food just kept falling from the sky - who wouldn't become picky then  
Woodsmoke

I must admit it was one of the most satisfying moments of my fishing career! Far too pretty a fish to kill, so it was. Here's hoping he had a chance to get some of his big-fish genes into the population!

Re' your cleg pattern? Maybe chenille would be worth a go too? It has the beauty of being able to take a palmered hackle beautifully too, & you could perhaps tie a sedge-type tent wing over the top?  
Dutch

Woodsmoke wrote:
you could perhaps tie a sedge-type tent wing over the top?


When I was walking the dogs this morning I thought the same thing.   Good ideas usually come when your not thinking about it.

So there will be at least two versions, one with a dubbed hare thorax and yet-to-be-established material wings, and one with a chenille thorax with sedge-type wings.

But I still have not decided on the material for the abdomen   I will have a browse through the fly tying box over coffee and see what I can come up with.
Bodach

I would tie up a cow dung fly.

Bod
Woodsmoke

Bodach wrote:
I would tie up a cow dung fly.


That thought struck me too mate. I'm not sure the peacock herl would work though? I reckon it's too irridescent. The cinnamon wing's a good idea though
Woodsmoke

How about mixed yellow & olive seals fur? (or dyed harelug)

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