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Flies

Fly Patterns

Firstly, to facilitate the release of fish, treble hooks are no longer to be used and it is recommended that all other hooks – singles/doubles - should be barbless, whether dressed as flies or used with tubes. (Barbed hooks can have the barb flattened/removed) Choice of fly will depend on the time of year and which part of the system to be fished. In late spring and autumn small bottle style tubes may be required but in low water, flies dressed on larger singles or doubles could be more effective. For summer fishing, fly sizes should range from 8 to 12 and down to 14 on some of the tributaries. Patterns such as the standard Ally's Shrimp, Yellow Ally and the Cascade should be in the fly box along with a good supply of the rivers/fishes favourite fly the – Sheila. The modern trend is to use Arctic Fox or Arctic Runner fur in the dressing and this style of fly is best fished by working, making the wing pulsate as it swings round in the current. Results can be good.

A selection of seatrout flies.

An Angler choosing a salmon fly.

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