March Brown Dry Fly with John Hey

Wind the tinsel over the fur. Then spin the hackles. Tie off and apply a few drops of head cement to finish.

Tie in the wings first, then the tail. Tie in tinsel, then dub the body of hair fur. March Brown While most of the dry flies are tied with deer hair to make them float, the March Brown is tied with a hackle of brown partridge which is a very soft hackle and some people boost this with a standard cock hackle for float-ability. I have had a couple of More...

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Elk hair Caddis with Ian Cole
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Elk Hair Caddis with Ian Cole

The Elk Hair Caddis Caddis flies, or sedge flies as they are more commonly called in the U. K., form an extremely important food source; to trout. Of the Trichoptera order of insects, they are similar to mayflies More...

By Allan Burgess On Monday, April 27th, 2015
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Fishing the Brown Beetle

Fishing the Brown Beetle with John Hey Trout feed on many insects but none create a feeding frenzy like the brown beetle on a warm nor’west night. The trout seem to feed with a recklessness seldom seen. However, More...

Humpy Blowfly featured
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 29th, 2014
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The Humpy is a buoyant fly that sits high on the water – Also makes an excellent blowfly

Humpy Dry Fly The Humpy is a buoyant fly that sits high on the water making it a good choice in fast broken water it is less likely to drown and is easy for the angler to see! It can also be used to imitate numerous More...

Elk hair caddis featured
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Elk Hair Caddis Trout Dry Fly

Elk Hair Caddis Caddis or sedge flies come in many different shapes and colours. I suggest you make up several versions in slightly differing colours from dark tan to a light creamy colour together with some variation More...

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By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Coch-Y-Bondhu Dry Fly

Coch-Y-Bondhu This one appears in Mike Weddell’s 10 of the Best New Zealand Trout Flies. It certainly is one of the most often used dry flies fished in New Zealand and a must for your fly box. I particularly More...

The Cicada is quite a large and bulky insect.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Cicada Dry Fly with Allan Burgess

The Cicada is quite a large and bulky insect. Cicada Dry Fly The cicada pattern is a popular surface fly to use when this insect is chirping in high summer. I have been at Lake Selfe, in the Canterbury high country, More...

This cicada was caught in Hagley Park, central Christchurch, during mid February. According to Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - there are 42 cicada species and subspecies in five genera, that are all unique to New Zealand.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Cicada Trout Dry Fly Fishing with Ian Cole

This cicada was caught in Hagley Park, central Christchurch, during mid February. According to Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand – there are 42 cicada species and subspecies in five genera, that More...

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By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Fishing Cicada insect patterns for trout fly fishing with John Hey

Cicada Insect Patterns Olive deer hair cicada. The number one contender in the chirpy insect stakes must be the cicada. The sound of cicadas can be heard everywhere throughout the countryside on warm summer days. I More...

Live brown beetle.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Beetle Patterns for Trout – brown beetles begin hatching followed by green beetles

The finished green beetle with a wing case of green raffia. Beetle Patterns At this time of the year beetles represent a plentiful food supply for trout. They begin to hatch around October and continue to do so More...