The orange crunch - born from an experiment
The orange crunch - born from an experiment

Some flies are born from careful thought. They are studied against the natural insect they are chosen to replicate, the lighting of their bodies in the water, the size and the shape. They are works of well trained minds trying to unlock the secrets of the underwater world that are far beyond our comprehension.

This isn't one of those flies.....

This fly was born out of an experiment a couple of years ago whilst fishing at a limestone loch in blazing sunshine wondering what in the name of hell could get a trout to take. I had tried everything apart from dynamite to get the fish into my net but all to no avail. A general rule of many is that hot orange scores well in bright conditions. I had a couple of flies in my box with hot orange but both had brought no response from the trout. Maybe I could alter them a little bit and try them out? It was worth a shot because nothing else that I had tried had made any impact for the whole day. Out with the scissors and chop, chop chop.....cast it out as the point fly and lo behold - a fish!!!! This was no fluke either as I took fish after fish on it for the last three hours before arriving back at the car. The fly was then re-tied with a little bit more finesse than previously and the orange crunch came into play. A super easy fly to tie that is rarely off my leader when the sun is out and the trout are moving in the limestone lochs. I don't know what exactly it imitates but whatever it is I'm eternally grateful for it's presence! It's best fished with a figure of eight retrieve on a floater and the name "crunch" should tell you how it gets taken!



Hook: buzzer/shrimp 12 - 14

Silk: black

Rib: fine gold oval tinsel

Body: hot orange dubbing

Head/hackle: orange cock hackle

Happy tying!

1) Tie in the gold tinsel and spin the hot orange dubbing onto the silk

2) Dub the whole length of the shank. Trim back any overly long fibres to leave a uniform body shape.

3) With the body trimmed, tie in the rib and cock hackle.

4) Wrap the hackle 2-3 times around and whip finish the head.

5) Trim the hackle very short and then varnish the head.




Give it a try in bright sunshine and clear water. You won't be disappointed!