Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Peter Ross Dabbler, Lake fishing In Ireland

My first memory of the Peter Ross would be from as a young angler buying them to swing down and across the fast pools of the Avonmore River in the Co Wicklow mountains hunting for wild brown trout, similarly so on the sea trout rivers all over the East Coast of Ireland through out my youth. They were, and still are a  very effective pattern and produced some great memories from an adventurous youth. 

Following on from there I have had several designs and patterns of this fly in my lough wet fly box for as far back as I can remember, and they remain to be one of my go too point fly patterns through out the entire season.

Here is one of the developments from those size 12's that were sold for less than a pound.

Using a size 10/12/14 kamasan B175 attach black tying thread and add a tail of golden Pheasant tippets. 
The rib is sliver wire and it is wound up over Mylar flat sliver and through the grizzle body hackle, only half way up the body or shank of the hook.

Making a dubbing brush and using red Gleamy dubbing  wind the brush up the second half of the body leaving enough room for the cloak. Brush out the dubbing so the red fibers will resemble a hackle of sorts.

Using light bronze mallard form a sparse cloak over the body of the fly and add in a folded bronze mallard wing on top. The wing should be slightly darker than the cloak.

To finish the fly take two snippets of holographic red tinsel and form to cheeks, whip finish and seal with your preferred varnish. Jungle Cock cheeks can be effective here also.

A good fly that will take its rightful place in you box and one that will make many visits to my leader right through out the season this year. I hope you get the same results as I have for many years. I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and can take something from it to enhance your angling. If you have any questions on the blog or any of the posts you can contact me here or on my details to the right. If you would like any of the flies on this blog tied or your own dressings do not hesitate to give me a shout and I will en-devour to accommodate your requests. Thanks for reading.