Saturday, 23 May 2020

A neglected pattern

Looking through my storage flee box tonight, I came across a pattern that'd been lying dormant and forgotten about for years! It looked a bit battered and worse for wear but I remembered how successful it was! It was shown to me by an auld Hillend Veteran years ago who told me he had been doing well with it @ Hillend. He told me to use it with a slow intermediate line.
So off I went and tied a few and sure enough it was very successful even with a floating line. As I said the only one I had left has been lying forgotten about in my box! It's funny how flies go in and out of fashion I guess it's because we're always looking forward and wanting to try something new that's perhaps better!
Anyway as the Angling lockdown looks like easing soon @ Hillend, I tied a fresh one of these patterns tonight! No doubt I'll tie a few more in the next day or too! #Lockdownflytying
Black uni 8/0 Magenta Peacock herl body Copper wire rib Brown/ginger fibre tail Folded magpie tail, wing Black hen head hackle.

Monday, 4 May 2020

Flytying is my vice!

During lockdown I've never been far away from the vice! And I've been thinking of different approaches to my fishing and realised I dont try enough different patterns etc when I'm out fishing and usually only use a few flies over the course of the day.
Pictured here are selection of patterns which I really need to utilise more often! #Lockdownflytying

Friday, 24 April 2020

Tying a Loch Ordie Variant

I've been focused recently on Loch Ordies and all their variations. Hope you enjoy this video which I made for my mate Tam aka The Clarkston Tangler!

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Loch Ordie

The original Loch Ordie fly pattern was designed as a dapping fly. However over the years there have been many variations. Mostly used as a top dropper pattern preferably in a good wave!
The pattern seems to have been very popular in Orkney and one of the first known variations was a pattern tied by a Mr W S Sinclair of Orkney at the request by someone of his acquaintance. It was tied with black hen hackle at the back a gingerish hen hackle in the middle with a white hackle at the head
 Fished wet it proved to be a very successful variation. My friends and I have fished this variation on various  Scottish Highland Lochs and can vouch for its success. It's a big favourite of ours.
The number of variations of this fly pattern are so numerous you could fill a box with them!
Pictured here are a  couple of variations which I tied at the vice after they were recently brought to my attention. I reckon they are well worthy of my attention and look as if they might be even be a better option than the pattern used by my friends and I.
Tied on a size ten hook I tied these with feathers from hen capes and on the Leggy Half Ordie I incorporated black knotted pheasant tail legs.
When we get out the other side of this pandemic crisis I will look forward to putting these variations to the test!

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Lockdown Flytying Continues

With no end in sight so far to the CV19 crisis my Lockdown flytying continues. As well as the flees pictured here I've also been tying up Daiwl Bachs, PTN, suspender buzzers and spiders. Patterns that I've neglected for a while. I'm also just about to tie some boobies too. I'm gonna make sure I get out as often as possible when this lockdown ends and experiment with patterns that I dont normally use!

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

The Leven Spider

At the vice this afternoon tying a simple fly pattern with a great reputation!

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Sunday, 12 April 2020

Loch Style Wet Flyting Video

It's been a while since I attempted to make a flytying video . My efforts in the past have been quite poor. This one recorded from my phone is a bit better however the fly is not properly in focus but I do hope you get the gist of it. I have included a pic of the finished fly to let you see it properly! 

Friday, 10 April 2020


Did you #Lockdownflytying is trending on Twitter? And no wonder as all the frustrated fly fishers and flytyers continue to find ways of getting through the day! There is only so much Paul Young fishing videos you watch before it frustrates you!
It feels like I might not get up up north  and get to drift or cast on a Highland loch!
So I've been as  busy as I have ever been at the vice!
So I'm well into the #Lockdownflytying scene. I've been tying a few patterns that the inside of my fly box have never seen! Sparklers! They are good fun to tie! Pictured here are a couple of Dunkeld Sparklers and once again a Kingfisher pattern tied on more conventional hooks! The wing material I have has been in my box for years and up until now I've never used it. I dont think it's the best material and it  may have deteriorated with all the years of neglect. I've got some new flash on order so I look forward to it arriving and more #Lockdownflytying Check out my latest tweets here @HillendDabbler

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

A couple of cdc Sedges!

From the Good Book! Job 41:1 King James Version . 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook?
Well I hope to with these flees just off the vice! A couple of cdc sedges! Not sure if I'll get to use them though when the Big Sedge makes its annual appearance in June @ Hillend Loch!
I've tied several similar patterns to these over the years and have always did well.
These two are in a size 12
June is probably my favourite month for fishing Hillend I can only hope that  we are through the peak of this crisis by then!