|The Malloch, is one of my favourites. It is
better known as a loch fly & the old boatmen on Loch Leven in
Kinross still talk in awe of the fish caught by the Malloch's of
Perth on this & similar patterns. Sadly the loch is but a
shadow of it's former self relying on stocked Rainbows to
supplement the declining indigenous Browns. I make no apologies
for having it in "Streams" for with this pattern we
have one of the finest springtime olives. Along
with the Olive Quill on the right, one can safely cover
the dark & medium olive which abound in the clear streams
of my country. You will note that whilst the Malloch retains the
beautiful Woodcock wing & a silver tip, the Quill has a wing
of Starling with light side outermost. These are typical of
"wet olives" Starling, Blackbird & Woodcock, paired
wings, along with a stripped Peacock herl for body, maybe a touch
of tinsel, a few fibres for a tail & a hackle to suit would
cover most eventualities.
on the other hand,
spelled (bonddu) is of
Welsh origin. Interpreted as "Red with Black Trunk" but
so popular here in Scotland I consider it a "Scottish"
pattern" by right of conquest *g* Sometimes know here in the
land of my birth as a "Wee Cochy" It was originally tied to
imitate the June Bug & is an excellent small stream pattern & what
I call "A must pattern" It is also known here as The
Bracken Cloch. A cloch being an old Scots term for beetle.
Whatever it is called with this on a stream cast you have one
of the finest general "beetle" patterns around, a really
good little wet fly. Peacock herl bodies are most important to us
fly tiers & most flies that incorporate this material either
in body or indeed as thorax in nymphal representations are
usually successful & enduring fly patterns. The
"Bronze" taken from well down the stalk is by far the
best for this situation.
The noted Scottish fly fishing writer R.C. Bridgett once
commented, that with the Rough Olive on his
cast one had the
finest suggestive pattern for the dark Olive of Springtime. More
commonly used as a Dry Fly but shown here wearing it's wet guise,
a nice "wee" wet.
& Mixed, is one of my favourite Springtime patterns. It is one
of those flies that whilst not representing any particular
fly still does well. One of a series of Woodcock winged flies
& all on their day can be useful. Common denominator being
the use of the subtle orange /fawn Woodcock feather much beloved
by us wet fly addicts.
The Poacher, whilst thought of as a Loch fly does well for me on
streams particularly in summer. A close relative of the CB, First tied by Angus Robertson son of William Robertson the Glasgow tackle dealers. Fished
on Loch Lomond & got it's name The Poacher because at the
time poaching was particularly rife in that area but it is by no
means confined to that fine water. A fly fisher at a northern
highland hotel caught so many trout one day on this pattern that
the hotel was besieged for copies of the fly. A quick telegram to Robertson's
requesting 2 dozen Poachers was met with some
scepticism by the postal clerk who wondered why someone would
want 2 dozen poachers. A phone call to the hotel in question soon allied
his suspicion & the flies went duly sent.
as a Sea Trout fly but as you can see from above was found to be no slouch for Brown
Trout as well. So much so that it is, for it's "Buttery Yellow"
brethren that it
is now better known. A pretty little fly & worth of
mounting on a cast not just on lochs but on small overgrown streams as well where it, like its counterparts the Wee Cochy & Red Tag are no
doubt taken for beetles & the like.
Runs Through It (Scottish Style)
Spate stream (freestone), trout are small and easily spooked.
This is traditional wet fly country. Stealth is the byword here
a light through action rod, DTF
4/5,single action reel, bag containing a few spools of 3-4lb nylon,
some flies & a few bits & bobs. A flask of coffee. a few
sandwiches & do not forget the midge repellent as they can be
suicidal in high summer. Sombre dress is the order of the day, keep
down, short upstream casts, search out the likely looking spots
& prepare to react as the trout here whilst small are as
quick as lightning & can make a mockery of even the most skilled
of fly fishers.
Think like a fish, where would you take up
residence? if you had to & make best use of the available food. Get
that right & you are half way there. Windborne flies, midge
& if you are lucky some stonefly are all you will find here.
Rises are spasmodic certainly in the upper reaches but as he river
quickens & gains width other insects will come into play &
you should be aware of any change. A good day may bring you 10/20
trout. Three to the pound on average but always be ready for
a bigger one in the deeper pools. Even Salar or Sea Trout may be present,
if it is a tributary of a larger sea borne river so be warned you
could be pleasantly surprised what size a fish can come from so
small a river. A remember once on the River Mudale in Sutherland, a
nice Salmon splashing at a dry Greenwell meant for it's smaller brethren. Yes,
Highlander has been known to throw a few
"sneaky" dries in his time.
Woodcock & Harelug
dressings of above flies or indeed any info on, The
Highlander Way feel free to contact.
Price Rough Stream Trout Flies A & C
Thomas Tod Stoddart Angler's Companion
The Practical Angler 1857
Related Website of Interest
A wet fly mans site. For North Country Flies, this
site is a must.
Sylvester Nemes: Two Centuries of Soft Hackled
Flies Stackpole Books
ISBN 0-8117-0048 8