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.
This website details some of the angling travels that are currently going into the making of a new book, Irish Sea-trout: Nomads of the Tides (Chris McCully and Ken Whelan, with images by James Sadler, forthcoming from the Medlar Press in 2013). Included here are also fragments of text, musings and speculations, fly-dressings and other material - about kettles, splices, (Irish) angling history and etymology - that we think is interesting. The book will represent not only an operational phase (angling travels in Ireland, 2007-2012) but also the long experience of fishing for Irish sea-trout that the writers share. We hope you enjoy these pages.