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28 Nov 2012

Effective flies: small doubles

I tend to use small doubles at night on the river. They're useful in the small hours but really come into their own in the hours around dawn, when sea-trout may move briefly into the cheeks of the streams or (continue to) hang in the pool-tails. I favour combinations of blue/black/silver and black/yellow/silver (shown on the right in the image). Hook size is 12-14 (Partridge salmon double). I try to ensure the wing isn't too long and often rib the body with red wire for a touch of extra weight: the usual idea is to swing the fly across the noses of resting sea-trout a foot or two down on an intermediate line.

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