Inspired by recently attending and tying at the opening of the 2017 River Spey Salmon Season I had the thought how good it would be to try and create something to mark the occasion.
I appreciate there are a myriad of salmon patterns to choose from but I couldn’t find any to carry the name f one of the most famous Spey Tributaries, The River Fiddich.
A small wild spate stream, the Fiddich rises above the Whisky Capital of the World, Dufftown and rushes and tumbles it’s way through a beautiful, often hidden wee glen before spilling into the mighty river Spey just below Craigellachie.
Heavily overgrown and often very difficult to reach the Fiddich is more recognised as one of the Spey catchment’s main spawning tributaries rather than any form of fishing destination in its own right. However I see no harm in dedicating my wee take on a pattern for the migrating fish in the Spey to such a picturesque wee wild water and so without further ado I give you the Fiddich Fancy.
Hook: Patriot Up Eyed Double CS16U/2 Size 8 - 14
Thread: Red 6/0 Uni
Butt: Medium Oval Silver Tinsel
Rib: Medium Silver Wire
Body: Medium Black Holographic Tinsel
Rear Hackle: Hot Orange Cock Saddle
Wing: (From Bottom) Black Artic Fox, Orange Artic Fox, 4 Strands Orange Crystal Flash Over Top
Front Hackle: Kingfisher Blue Cock Saddle
Cheeks: Jungle Cock.
Note: The hackles can be folded prior to tying in and I have done this on one of the completed fly examples, however for additional mobility I also like to tie the hackles in more ‘square’ as in the tutorial photos. This is purely to the tiers’ individual taste, but I like the extra movement tying the hackles this way can create.
Step 1 Place hook in vice, catch in tying thread and oval tinsel for butt. Tie in tinsel on the top of the fly
Step 2 Run thread down to the end of the butt and take oval tinsel between the double hook
Step 3 Form butt using oval tinsel in touching turns (four turns)
Step 4 Catch in the wire rib again on top of the hook, then run thread towards eye
Step 5 Catch in body tinsel at eye.
Step 6 Run tinsel in slightly over-lapping turns down and back up hook shank to form body, then rib with wire in even open turns
Step 7 Prepare and catch in the rear hackle, then take four turns before tying off and trimming waste.
Step 8 Catch in a small amount of Black Artic Fox leaving length long to provide a lot of movement in the fly
Step 9 Repeat with orange Artic Fox keeping length slightly longer than the black below, then tie in four strands of Orange Crystalflash, again slightly longer than wing below
Step 10 Prepare and catch in the front hackle, then take four turns before tying off and trimming waste.
Step 11 Tie in Jungle Cock cheeks
Step 12 Apply three coats of clear varnish to ensure a deep sheen to head.