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A Stillwater dry fly to beat all others! This is exactly what Stan Headley created when he first brought this fly into the Scottish fishing scene. When you are faced with cruising fish, tough conditions and extremely fussy taste buds this is usually my first choice. It imitates not only hatching midge but also a whole variety of small food items trapped in the surface film. The really important things to remember when fishing this fly are:

1)   Only gink the top and/or the hackle of the fly. It is meant to sit in the surface, not on it. It is an extremely difficult fly to see so stay in contact with it every second!

2)   Always degrease the tippet leading to the fly.

3)   Cast out towards rising trout and wait. Sometime you guess the direction of the trout correctly and sometimes you don’t. If you get a take do not instantly strike! Make a long slow steady pull to set the hook. If you don’t see the rise and you are in direct contact you will probably feel the line tighten first.

This version is tied in firey red for rainbow trout. It can be tied in any colour you want but my favourites are claret and black for evening, olive and hares ear for daytime and red for rainbows! Have fun!


Hook: 12-14 dry fly

Thread: To match body. (dark red used in this example)

Tail and breathers: White Timeco Aero wing

Body: Red or firey red dubbing. Seal’s fur is the best option!!!

Rib: Small oval gold wire

Hackle: Grizzle cock hackle

1)   Tie in the dry wing and make a tail and post.

       Trim the tail to end in line with the bend of the hook.

2)   Tie in the gold wire.

3)   Form a dubbing rope and dub up to the post. Leave the excess dubbing on the thread.

       Then rib the gold wire in even wraps.

4)   Tie in the grizzle cock hackle.

5)   Wrap the hackle around the post in a parachute style and tie down using the excess dubbing to form a head.

6)   Pull the hackle fibres back, pull the post down and tie it down tightly behind the eye of the hook.

7)   Trim the post. whip finish and varnish. The fly is finished!