The Mop Fly has been described as one of the most sinful flies of all time – in terms of one of the easiest flies to tie as well as to fish. It is a very simple fly to tie and a very effective and productive fly for trout.
The Clouser Minnow, or Clouser Deep Minnow, is an extremely effective baitfish imitation that catches a whole range of game fish in fresh- and saltwater. It’s allure comes from a combination of heavy lead eyes and long, mobile tail and wing that give it a wonderful ducking-diving action on every twitch and retrieve.
The Gurgler Fly Pattern is a floating fly that spits and “gurgles” when stripped, and is designed to imitate everything from shrimp to baitfish and a frog for bass.
Invented by the late Jack Gartside, the Gurger is a simple and very effective fly to tie, and the tying technique has even been incorporated into mouse flies for trout.
Probably NZ’s most popular nymph and the first nymph most beginner tiers will tackle. The Hare and Copper Nymph catches fish throughout the country in a variety of waters. The guard hairs used in the mix represent legs and give the fly that buggy look that’s very effective.
These flies were originally recommended by HFF Distant Member Paul Fedeles for the Hunter Valley (formerly Singleton) Fly Fishing Club Invitational Carp Classic, however they still apply to any carp fishing, eg. Nundle.
The Carp Classic was held on mid October.
Cod – Chaffey Dam and Peel River
Try Purple and Brown colours and take a sinking line to get the flies down deep.
The Squimp Fly is very simple to tie, but lethal for countless flats species.
The Squimp fly very closely imitates a small shrimp, which is the main forage for any bonefish. It also works for other saltwater flats fishes.
The Squimp fly can be tied in many colour variations.
The Termite Fly
The late Warryn Germon really had termites worked out; well as far as the trout were concerned. He developed three very effective patterns that worked not only here in Australia but America as well.
- Hook: Mustad R50, size 18-16
- Body: Orange thread built ant shape with cream thread over to give the effect of translucency
- Wings: Cream Badger cock hackle tips taken from an old Indian cape.