Ok, I promised a kelvinator I would post the flies that I regularly use on the Kelvin . I pretty much use these same flies on the other rivers I fish as well. I have decided to split the series into three so watch out for the next sections over the coming weeks.
Anyway, the list I will give you in this little series is on no way a complete guide to entomology for that you should read a book or even head over to Pale Watery who gives you a more detailed guide of the main hatches on all the
First Out the River
The first fly you will encounter on the rivers in this fine part of
There are a couple of flies I would use to imitate a LDO however the main one would be a Comparadun.
I was taught how to tie this fly by Alberto Laidlaw. I struggled with it for a few months and eventually perfected it last season. When I say perfected I mean it still looks pretty bad however if it sits ok on the water and catches trout I am happy. The key I was told was to make it bushy. It looks perfect as a large dark olive and it can be tied in a variety of sizes. As far as I am aware these can be bought in the shops.
If you are going to tie your own the ingredients are:
- Tail – Micro Fibetts
- Body – Superfine Olive Dubbing
- Wing – Coastal Deer Hair
- Thread – Olive (although I sometimes use yellow)
I tie comparaduns in various sizes and with various body colours, for example, golden olive and black.
Incidentally, Alberto is the inventor of the “Gryffe Olive” – another good general olive imitation. Its ingredients are:
- Tail – Micro Fibetts
- Body – Hairs EarWing Post – Deer Hair
- Hackle – I spoke to Alberto on the telephone today and he states a nice Blue Dun is the best. The one in the picture is tied with a golden badger.
- Thread – Yellow
Alberto states the tail should be “distressed”, in other words split apart using your nail. I generally do this streamside.
The nymph of the LDO is worth imitating even when there is no hatch and no trout rising – this is because it is an “agile darter”.
You can use a Pheasant Tail Nymph (pictured) to search for the trout feeding amongst weeds or around stones on the river bed. If you have a freaky sixth sense you can use your Zen to detect takes – if you are anyone else you can use an indicator like a piece of yarn or an bushy fly like the comparadun.
The above pheasant tail nymph was tied the traditional way only using copper wire and pheasant tail fibers
The Kelvin has good hatches of Large Dark Olives – I think the earliest I have caught trout on a dry fly was around the start of April. Generally you will notice pockets of trout rising and if you are careful enough you can pick several off before they get spooked.
In Part two I will show some other dry flies for the LDO and another useful nymph.