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The Jingler!

I noticed on a social media page that some angling friends have been tying some lovely versions of the famous Jingler fly pattern recently. An excellent early season dry fly pattern of great repute for the likes of the River Clyde!  I believe this famous old pattern originated in regions of the River Tweed over two centuries ago and is very popular on many other Scottish Lowland rivers too.  I was rather impressed with my friends tying of them, so I thought I would throw my fishing bunnet into the ring, so to speak. Heres my take on a couple of Jinglers I tied this morning! Hope you like them and it gives you the notion to get to the vice and tie some up too! 
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Bush Baby Muddler

Last night I got to experimenting with  a new modern material called Bush Baby from FNF which was brought to my attention just last week. From what I was told it's used to form egg flies which are very popular at small commercial fisheries and the like.  However I noticed that this material could have other uses such as forming  a muddler style head on Loch Style Wets. I really like the look of this and will look into getting some more of this material in more natural colours such as black and shades of brown if those are available. These look as if they could work well! To my knowledge I've never seen any bush baby muddlers before! Im very pleased with how they look but the acid test will be how they perform in the water! Be interesting to see if they push through the water in the same way that deer hair does!


Since the start of the new year I've been tying just as many variations of a few trout fly patterns as the Scottish Football Authorities  have of Covid 19 rules and regulations for their member clubs. However there is nothing unscrupulous in my flytying. I am acutely aware and very reluctant  to name my patterns just incase someone deems them irregular fly dressings. Pictured here are a few Alternative dressings of  patterns with my added twist.  Here is a reimagined variant of the Kate McLaren incorporating  a green collar hackle which gives the pattern a whole new look! Ive also tied a couple of alternative versions of the Sooty Olive! It is difficult to say for certain what the original dressing for these well known Irish Lough flies is as there is an abundance of variations to choose from!   Also pictured is a generic winged loch style wet pattern which has a bit of a Dunkeld look about it in there somewhere, which was unintentional at the time. I hope you like them! 

Connemara Variations!

The Connemara Black fly pattern maybe of Irish origins but it is well known and used here in Scotland too. Its known as a great trout, Seatrout and Salmon pattern.  It's a pattern Ive used many times at Hillend and up North too in pursuit of Brown Trout. I suppose I could say that its one of my favourites. Whenever I'm by the loch side or when out afloat on the boat and I'm a bit stuck for inspiration and I'm wondering what pattern to try next! There is always a Connemara Black or a few of its variants to choose from among the contents of my fly box! I will often choose a Connemara Black when I'm undecided what to try next! However its not that it's a pattern guaranteed to catch you trout, no fly pattern can give you that assurance but it is a fly that gives me confidence! And that is a very important factor in flyfishing for trout! A flyfisherman has got to feel confident in the fly pattern he is fishing, not to mention his rod ree

The North Calder Water

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Eleven years of the Hillend Dabbler

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The Kinship of the Vice!

 As I've often said and many others have stated, trying to devise something new and original in flytying is a very difficult task indeed. However every now and again something will fire a flytyer's imagination and get him reaching for his vice! Recently I've been researching  fly patterns and the history behind them. Whilst looking through my bookcase of flytying books and fly boxes  a few names that sparked my imagination were the Soldier Palmer, Clan Chief, The Brigadeer,  Zulus in all their guises, The Bloody Butcher, The Watten Warrior, The Jacobite, The Culloden,.The Marauder, The Pretender, The Heillan Man, Harray Horror, The Cutthroat, Imposters, Extractors and many more. For me these flies conjure up images of famous and infamous battles and Clan Warfare! Therefore as I sat at my vice wondering what to tie next I was inspired to tie some Highland Clan related trout patterns and came up with idea of tying some flies in the colours of Scottish family Clan tartans The