Groundhog & Silver

I recieved a few flies from a friend earlier this week, one of them being a rather tasty 'Mallard & Silver'. It looks to me like being a great allrounder. Should be effective in most lighting conditions, and vaguely suggestive of a good few items on the trout's menu - small fry, sedge pupae, corixae etc. Potentially 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. Anyway, 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..

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Gold or Mirage bodied variants would seem to be logical accomplices, to suit varying lighting conditions etc.

Not yet available 'off the shelf' in the fly shop, but available as a custom tie, or, if you tie yourself, groundhog patches are available in the shop.

For dressing see 'Groundhog & Silver' on main website.

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