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28 Nov 2012

Effective flies: Watson's Fancy

Wonderful fly for Irish sea-trout and one that I've used since the mid-1970s. It's up there with the Teal, Blue and Silver and the Claret Bumble as one of my own most successful freshwater patterns. I favour sizes 10-12 (Kamasan B175) and also prefer a fairly fully-dressed version, with both GP tippet and topping at the tail. Wing is a rolled pad of rook fibres and the prominent jungle-cock cheeks stand out well against the black of the (fore) body and the wing. With this combination of colours the pattern stands out well laterally (as the fish might see it) or in silhouette. I find this one fishes best on the point of the leader...though that's because I almost invariably put it there.

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