Spring flies for the River Tay
Aurora Cascade Feeler
One of my spring favourites for the Tay and it will fish all the way through the season. It’s a cascade variant and is looked upon one of the best spring cascade patterns. It just catches fish and is one of my favourite double patterns for the spring. It’s a fly worth having in your fly box when visiting the Tay in spring.
This Tweed classic fly was designed by Iain Wilson but as we all know it catches fish everywhere. We are now on the MK III version with Iain updating the original every few season, it’s an astonishing black and yellow pattern that you will fish anywhere, with its mirage body jumping out and a beautiful waving black and yellow wing is a must for any Salmon looking for movement in front of them, this pattern is one of the outstanding Salmon patterns that you should have in your fly box.
Cohn’s Spring Willie Gunn
Quite simple one of the most deadly Salmon patterns that has been designed by Cohn Odea from the Taymount beat on the river Tay. When fished in spring you will need to fish it deep in the faster runs using 1” to 1 1/” tubes.
Cohn’s Blue Pearl
This illuminating tube pattern was designed by the head ghillie Cohn O’Dea from the Taymount beat on the river Tay its colours were taken from one of the most successful spring lures the pink pearl Kynock. Fantastic Spring Fly for any water conditions, it has been designed to catch the eye of a spring salmon with its bright colours are its striking mirror flash throughout the wing. It comes on a 1” aluminium tube for movement and we recommend you use your fast tips to get it down.
The Blue Angel was designed by Jimmy Last who was a highly regarded ghillie on the
Lower Scone beat of the river Tay. The Blue Angel is not a secret to Tay regular Danny Fulton who has it firmly as his top spring pattern. The proof is in the pudding normally and Danny over the year has proved this with some fantastic catches when those around him look on and wonder how he manages to be so consistent.
Gold Willie Gunn
Quite simple one of the most deadliest Salmon patterns that has been around since the 1940’s and still going strong today, even though we have touched it up here and there with modern materials its one you must fish on the river Tweed. When fished in spring you will need to fish it deep in the faster runs using 1” to 2” tubes.
Autumn flies for the River Tay
One of our feeler range on brass loop tubes, this red and orange pattern was designed by Don Gow from Crieff for a famous stream on the river Tay at Meikleour. The stream fills up with fish at the back-end and this pattern is a favourite of ours due to the amount of sport we get. A true all river autumn fly that you should carry around in your fly box. It has regularly caught fresh fish at this time of year and of course the odd crocodile!
The famous Tronach pool on the Murthly II beat on the river had to have a very good pattern as it had to keep up the reputation of the pool and its catches. Who else to design the fly but Tony Black head ghillie on the beat. Great colour combinations in this stunning Tay shrimp pattern.
Lady Meikleour Shrimp
Fantastic autumn pattern many thanks to Claire Mercer- Nairne for the design, this is just what you need to show these backend aggressive fish. There is a lot to be said about red and orange patterns at the backend but pink patterns certainly have their place and this pattern is up at the top of my list. The older fish that have been sitting around for a few months or weeks like something new to entice them.
One of the top autumn patterns on the river, with its copper body and red/orange wing. It can be fished in clear or coloured water on a double or on a copper tube depending on water heights. A firm favourite with me, I normally start with this pattern at the start of the day in September & October. It works on most of the river systems at the back end in all colours of water.
Red Bobby Shrimp
Designed by Robert White head ghillie of Stanley Fishings on the river Tay. Great backend pattern for those territorial fish, the feelers give the pattern that extra movement and a great attraction to the autumn fish.
Summer flies for the River Tay
Surely one of the iconic summer double patterns that catches fish after fish on most Salmon rivers, designed by head ghillie Robert White from the Stanley beats on the river Tay this pattern has proved its worth on so many occasions on so many rivers and to so many anglers it is just one pattern you should not be without. A firm favourite with the Tay fly fraternity for good reason.
Pump House Shrimp
This 10mm loop tube feeler pattern was developed for fresh run summer salmon and has caught many a fish on one of my favourite places in the summer months to fish on the Tay at Meikleour and Upper Islamouth beat. Great all round pattern fishes in most conditions will give you great sport. Floating line with a 1.5 clear tip is all you will need.
Designed by Ron Fraser who spends many a summer day at the Newtyle beat where head ghillie Andy Gunn is kept busy with his landing net. A great little fly for low to medium water conditions and a firm favourite with Andy and his customers.
Sunray Shadow patterns
Yes it’s that time of year when fish will chase and boil at your sunrays and of course engulf them like there is no other fly worth taking. The sunray style is truly a must for the Tay in the summer months whatever the height of the water. We have developed and improved this style creating a very long sunray pattern. You sometimes just can’t go long enough. Truly a wonderful way to fishing through the summer months, remember you do not have to start with the sunray but if all else is proving to get a nil reaction then get it on. Used with floating lines normally but on sunny days well worth a go on a hover or intermediate line.
Posh Raider Shrimp
Malcolm Anderson has redesigned the raider cascade for those sunny days where you want to give a little kick of colour and brightness to your fly and he found that this little beauty work well on days like this. Fishing it on a floating line with clear tip in a fast or slow stream will give you action up and down the river. Also works well on the river Tummel and the river Earn which are tributaries of the Tay
An angler Choosing a fly.
Trout flies for wild trout.