THE HEBRIDEAN FLY BOX
If you are heading to the Highlands & Islands to fish for Salmon, Sea Trout and Wild Brown Trout these are the flies to bring. Make two fly 'Hebridean Casts' with them. Something bushy on a dropper and a slimmer fly on the point is an ideal tactic to tempt any Gamefish. Smaller flies on the loch will tempt Salmon when larger flies fail. Of course on another day the larger flies will work! The flies tied on Kamasan hooks are ideal for all gamefish. The fine wire specials are intended for light line (AFTM #4) Wild Trout Fishing.
Further down the page are flies to tempt fish feeding near the bottom
BIG WETFLIES tied on Kamasan B170 #8 hooks
All time favourite and first choice on the point on any wild wave flung loch
1 x Stoats Tail Kamasan #8 - 75p each
Silver March Brown
Natural colours will work when brighter flies fail and black does not work everytime!
1 x Silver March Brown Kamasan #8 - 75p each
A shocking pink variant, try when all else fails.
1 x Camasunary Killer Kamasan #8 - 75p each
Use on the point in big wave when stripping a fly will bring fish up. Or try as an outsize bob fly - it will attract the fish - they might not take it but prefer something smaller on the point
1 x Muddler Minnow Kamasan #8 - 85p each
WETFLIES - Point & Bob Patterns for Loch and River - Tied on Kamasan B175 hooks
Use this fly on the bob or point, deadly for all gamefish
1 x Donegal Blue Kamasan #10 - 65p each
1 x Donegal Blue Kamasan #12 - 65p each
Red is a killing colour and this fly has plenty.
1 x Kill Devil Kamasan #10 - 65p each
1 x Kill Devil Kamasan #12 - 65p each
Some days a more sombre pattern works, this is one of the best
1 x Kate Maclaren Kamasan #10 - 65p each
1 x Kate Maclaren Kamasan #12 - 65p each
All time favourite always worth a cast.
1 x Zulu Kamasan #10 - 65p each
1 x Zulu Kamasan #12 - 65p each
Blue is a proven attractor of Sea Trout and Salmon.
1 x Blue Zulu Kamasan #10 - 65p each
1 x Blue Zulu Kamasan #12 - 65p each
One of the best flies to try on any water
1 x Muddler Minnow Kamasan #10 - 75p each
Simple spider patterns are often better on the point than heavier dressed flies
1 x Wee Peter Kamasan #10 - 65p each
1 x Wee Peter Kamasan #12 - 65p each
Sea trout special.
1 x Blue Peter Kamasan #10 - 65p each
1 x Blue Peter Kamasan #12 - 65p each
Tied with a slim wing and 360 degree hackle.
1 x Butcher Kamasan #10 - 65p each
1 x Butcher Kamasan #12 - 65p each
Again an essential fly for any water.
1 x Black Pennell Kamasan #10 - 65p each
1 x Black Pennell Kamasan #12 - 65p each
Silver March Brown
Useful fly to try when all else fails.
1 x Silver March Brown Kamasan #10 - 65p each
1 x Silver March Brown Kamasan #12 - 65p each
The next three flies are tied on VMC #14 Lightweight Double hooks. Ideal on the point with other patterns on a dropper. They will tempt fish on loch, river and saltwater. Salmon will often take small flies.
Tied thin the way fish like them a great clear water pattern
1 x Stoats Tail Double VMC#14 - £1.40 each
Jungle Cock Stoats Tail
1 x Jungle Cock Stoats Tail Double VMC#14 - £1.80 each
And one for coloured water
Jungle Cock Flamethrower
1 x Flamethrower Double VMC#14 - £1.80 each
Wild Brown Trout Patterns
These are tied on fine wire hooks which although stronger than they look need to be used with care. On most days a #4 weight line is heavier enough to cast - even in high wind - a light soft top 9ft rod and 2lb leaders result in few lost fish and lots of fun!
CDC Deer Caddis
This is the first fly to try in a ripple. The longer shank hooks is easier to un-hook and ideal for catch and release.
This fly will bring fish up even if they are not rising.
1 x Natural Deer Caddis LS#14 - 45p each
Lots of leggy flies in the Highlands and Islands of which the Daddy Long Legs is king.
Tied with lots of straggle and long hackles this fly bounces of the waves - just like the natural.
This fly works better than prettier Daddy patterns. Again good in a wave or ripple.
1 x Straggler #14 - 40p
The next two are for flat calms and light ripple conditions.
Long Legged Midges
Tied on Longshank #16 hooks these are first choice when fish are choosy. It has a happy knack of picking up larger fish.
Tied in two shades - light and dark
1 x Light Long Legged Midge LS#16 - 45p
1 x Dark Long Legged Midge LS#16 - 45p
'F' Fly #16
This is tied on a small hook and works when all else fails. Cast into the area where fish are rising and leave. The fish are usually on the cruise and will - with luck - find it!
1 x CDC 'F' Fly #16 - 45p each
What to do when fish will not take Dryflies?
All fish spend more time feeding on the bottom of waters than near the surface. Try these weighted flies to fish deeper with with the same #4 outfit you used to present the dryflies.
Goldbead Damsel Nymph
Great search pattern to try when fish will not come up. Cast across wind and let the drift fish the fly. Retrieve line to keep in touch with the fly rather than move it.
1 x Goldbead (3mm) Damsel Nymph #10 - 50p
1 x Goldbead (2.5mm) Damsel Nymph #12 - 50p
Goldbead Black Lure
Try if the olive fails.
1 x Goldbead Black Lure (3mm) #10 - 50p
1 x Goldbead Black Lure (2.5mm) #12 - 50p
Goldbead Hares Ear
Subtle tying that works on any water, including saltwater.
1 x Goldbead Hares Ear (3mm) #10 - 45p
1 x Goldbead Hares Ear (2.5mm) #12 - 45p
Goldbead Black & Peacock
Completes the set. At the end of the day you can usually rely on black flies.
1 x Goldbead Black & Peacock (3mm) - 45p
1 x Goldbead Black & Peacock (2.5mm) - 45p
Finally some smaller wetflies that are great fun to fish in two fly - 'Hebridean Casts'
Use the same 9ft AFTM#4 rod but use a 4lb leader, the dropper benefits from the thicker stiffer nylon.
All are tied on fine wire #12 hooks
Bob Flies (top dropper)
All hackle classic, leave to fish soggy or gink to float
1 x Loch Ordie FW#12 - 55p each
First choice in a wave, makes a lot of noise and brings fish up.
1 x Spiny Norman FW#12 - 40p each
Palmered Black Spider
Age old classic fish with complete confidence.
1 x Palmered Black Spider FW#12 - 45p each
Three Classics - tied thin to sink
1 x Black Spider FW#12 - 40p each
1 x Wee Peter FW#12 - 40p each
Gold Ribbed Hares Ear
1x Gold Ribbed Hares Ear FW#12 - 40p each