As you can see the main ingredients all come from different, very successful flies such as Alexandras, Teal Blue and Silver, Executioner, Stoats Tail, etc. That's the beauty of tying your own flies, combining various aspects of different flies and combining them into one. The bottom 2 tubes are tied on 15mm aluminium bottle tubes, the top tied on plastic tubing and the single hooks are Sprite, size 8 and 10 respectively. As well as these ties, which are geared towards night time use, here are another 2 flies which I will be giving a swim during the day when there's a touch of colour in the water, which I find is a near must to success. A light breeze to boot and your in business.
The fly on the left, looking like a Dunkeld, has an orange brass bead added to the front, as well as some fine lead wire wound around the body, to help it sink on hitting the water.
On the salmon front there was a pick up last weekend on the river with a few fish being caught on a dropping water, the biggest weighing 21 pounds and caught on fly. This week has been quiter than anticipated, with the water dropping steadily. Yesterday I spotted a couple of early grilse and the last time they appeared this early we had a very good year for them, so fingers crossed.
Above is a dead brook lamprey I found today while out for a few trout (had to have something on the end of the line with this salmon drought irrelevant of how small they were!!) Once the water reaches 10 degrees Celsius these lads start spawning, with groups of 10-30 in a nest. Don't get excited if you happen to see a few dead while out fishing thinking that there's pollution as they die after spawning.