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25 Dec 2011

Who was Watson?


I've spent the past few days drafting words about fly patterns for Nomads. One such pattern is the Watson's Fancy - an absolute nailer, though I've fished it less often, perhaps, than I should have done over the past few years. When I was researching the history of the pattern of course I wondered about the name. All I've come up with so far is that Watson of Watson's Fancy was one Donald Watson of Inverness. If anybody knows any further details, please let me know.

20 Dec 2011

More Irish sea-trout flies

More sea-trout patterns (mostly my own tyings, incidentally, apart from the Gadgets, which were tied by Lindsey Clarke). From top to bottom: Worm Fly (useful in saltwater when ragworms are about); Derry Bull (shrimp-suggesting pattern); Gadgets and Storm Fry (again, mainly saltwater patterns); Raymond (variant, useful on the lough); Blue Snake and White Lure (useful on the estuary or occasionally on running water at night).