Drainer Disc Flies

Have put drainer discs on a few of the tube flies I tied recently.  I really like the look of these and the idea is that water can pass through the disc and add extra movement to the wing of the fly.  If the rivers ever drop to fly fishing level I am keen to give them a try.  There are available in lots of colours including metallic finish (which I am waiting to get my hands on).  Below is my Mojo tube fly with a pink drainer added to the front.

Mojo Tube

Mojo Tube

Here is a black drainer on an early season tube fly.

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Electric Blue

I am really pleased with this seatrout  tube fly I tied during the week.  For me flies with blue and silver in them are my first choice for fresh sea trout.  It is also a great combination for fresh salmon too.  This pattern uses electric blue dubbing and that is where it gets its name.

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The Yeti Cascade

All our Irish salmon rivers are bank high at the moment.  Of course eventually they will drop to a fly fishing level.  However, those fishing with spinning outfits are likely to have the first of the sport.  They can get their lures down really deep and they have the bling of those flashy blades to attract fish.  A client asked me to tie “something” for him that might also work, but he wants to fish with his fly rod.  So here is the Yeti Cascade!

Yeti Cascade

Yeti Cascade

The Yeti Cascade is a variation on the standard green butt cascade. The wing is black fox with Yeti Hair over.  I kid you not, the package said Yeti’s Moms Hair!!   I added a propeller blade to the front of the tube fly.  This thing really spins around in the water.  They are banned on a lot of small water stocked fisheries so they must be pretty effective.

Propeller blade at front!

Propeller blade at front!

I tied another version with some extra fox in the wing. Maybe the extra profile of this one will be better, it is difficult to say.

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This client really likes purple flies so I also tied up a purple version for him.

Purple Yeti

Purple Yeti

Purple is very popular in other countries but you do not see it so much on Irish salmon flies.  Nevertheless it can be a very productive colour and I really like Irish shrimp flies with dark purple tails.

The Prince Shrimp

Prince Shrimp

Prince Shrimp

Black flies such as the Stoats Tail, Black Bear Green Butt and Black Shrimp all work very well on the Munster Blackwater river.    I devised the Prince Shrimp a while back when the only fly working in low clear water was the Black Shrimp.    The Prince Shrimp also has a tail of black golden pheasant.

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It has a glow bright lime green tag and some very dark claret boar bristles in the tail.  The rear body is black floss ribbed with oval silver.  The mid hackle is dyed red badger.

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The Prince Shrimp has a front body of UV Neon Silver straggle.  The roof is a pair of dyed red jungle cock feathers.  The fly is finished with a front hackle of cream badger.

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Salmon/sea trout snake flies

Having recently experimented with trout snake flies  I had an idea for some salmon and sea trout ones.  These are not the traditional snakes tied with a long mylar body over braid and a hair wing.  Mine are tied with rabbit zonker strips.  A treble right in the tail and a salar double up front.  I have seen a few salmon flies tied with zonker strips out back as a sort of long flowing tail.  I could just see sea trout nipping at the tails of these with little or no hook ups.  Take a look at these!!

Red salmon snake

Red salmon snake

The treble right in the tail will sort out any short takers.

Cascade Salmon Snake

Cascade Salmon Snake

The hooks are connected by a uv straggle twisted into a rope which forms the body.

Silver & Blue Sea Trout Snake

Silver & Blue Sea Trout Snake

This facilitates lots of movement in the water.  Blue and silver is a great combination for sea trout.  The flies are finished off with some arctic fox and a little bling.  They have a super profile!!

Salmon/sea trout snakes

Salmon/sea trout snakes