Groundhog & Silver
Hook: Kamasan B175 0r 170 size 10, 12 or 14.
Rib: Silver wire.
Body: Flat silver.
Body Hackle: Brown, cree or furnace hen.
Wing: As tail.
Head Hackle: As body hackle.
Thread: Black: UTC 70 den.
I recently recieved a few flies from a friend, one of them being a rather tasty looking 'Mallard & Silver'. It looked to me like being a great allrounder, effective in most lighting conditions, and vaguely suggestive of a good few items on the trout's menu - small fry, sedge pupae, corixae etc. A good optiion for any position on the leader, although it screams middle dropper to me, but I can easily see it doing a turn on top or tail. I set about knocking myself a few up, but decided to sub the mallard for groundhog hair to introduce a little more mobility, translucency and contrast. Really looking forward to giving this one a swim on Malham and Stocks, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if it travels well too - I can see it working well on midlands waters as well as lochs.