TACTICAL TROUT - LOCH
You can just cast out a team of flies and pull/strip them back and on occasion catch plenty of trout on any water.
But you are not catching the fish - they are catching themselves.
A Tactical approach is more challenging,interesting and over the season more effective. It's also more fun!
In the main these flies are tied on #12/14/16 hooks. These are suited to catching wild brown trout (6" to 12") on most lochs.
FLIES FOR WHEN TROUT ARE NOT RISING (See: BRINGING THE FISH UP)
When fish are not obviously feeding near the surface use these Goldbead and Leaded flies.
GB Larva #12
GB Swimming Larva #12
Leaded Ombudsman #LS12
GB Damsel Nymph #12
FLIES FOR RISING TROUT
These are dry patterns that will tempt most fish feeding on or near the surface.
Deer Hair Caddis
Long Legged Midges
HEBRIDEAN CAST WETFLIES
Fish these in two fly teams. The Bob fly will bring the fish up, that take it or the point fly. Work the flies with the rod rather than retrieving. More often than not a figure of eight retrieveis used to keep in touch with the flies rather than moving them.
Use this method when fish are rising or not. Fish can be 'bought up' by working the bob with the rod tip.
Palmered Black Spider #12
Palmered Donegal Blue#12
Crow & Silver
Gold Ribbed Hares Ear
BRINGING THE FISH UP
Once the water warms up, or if you are fishing shallow water, non rising fish will come up to take a floating fly. Try these patterns, use the rod to work the flies, or leave to drift with the wind with an occasional tweek (rod or hand) to attract the fish. Fis as single flies or in teams of two.
Spiny Norman #12
Daddy Long Legs #14
Deer Caddis #14
Palmered Straggler #12
When rising fish refuse standard tyings try these. Dressed to imitate natural insects these will tempt the most discerning trout. MInimum amounts of materials mean these flies need gink and frequent drying (tissue or amadou) to get them to float, remember that sunk dryflies will also tempt fish (real insects drown as well).
Natural Caddis #14/16/18
Natural Midge #16/18/20
Natural Daddy #14
Natural Dun #14/16/18