Fly Friday #168 The Guides Choice by Stevie Munn

This week's Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Stevie Munn and it's The Peter Ross a True Classic Wet Fly....

This is a fly I like tying if I have good teal feathers. My father fished this fly and at times caught very well on it. Many now consider it old fashioned and it is, but this said old flies don’t get old without being good. My sister Elaine has recently started to dress flies, and this is one of the patterns she is learning, by the way she is picking it up fast, no doubt she will be better than her brother soon and as she does not fly fish and just likes the art of dressing flies my box will have a few of her patterns gladly. So, I thought I would make a couple for my box, but I will also fish hers if she donates them. I have had many fish over the years on a Peter Ross and found it good as a point fly while lough fishing in early season. I had not dressed one for ages but thought I would give it a go. Hope you dress a few to.   

Hook: Partridge Sproat Wet G3A 8-14 (I have used a 10)
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk black or red.
Tail:  G.P. tippets.
Body:  rear 1/3rd med flat silver tinsel.
front 2/3rds red seals fur or sub.
Rib:   Fine silver wire, full length of body.
Hackle: Black hen or cock.
Wing: Barred Teal breast, folded. 


I love the history of old flies, Mr Peter Ross was a storekeeper and keen angler from Perthshire in Scotland, he first developed his namesake 'The Peter Ross' fly in the 1890s as a variant of the old dressing the Teal and Red. His creation has become, over the years, one of the best-known flies in the world. It is fished on stillwaters or loughs for trout and is used often on Seatrout normally as a point fly and is a very useful pattern to try around duck fly time in the spring and again late in the season as it also works later in the year when trout are feeding on pin fry. In rivers it is also a very successful pattern where it not only works for river trout but also takes migratory species such as Dollaghan, Seatrout and even Salmon, I know it is an extremely useful pattern for catching grilse for many anglers dressed on sizes 6s, 8s and 10s. All this said the Peter Ross is a bit of a perplexing pattern as many anglers I have spoken to over the years don’t seem to do well on it, while others which I add includes myself are extremely fortunate on the pattern, my advice is to fish this fly and think to yourself that it will work, transmit positive thoughts down the line it’s a true great.


Tying notes: Remember to take the head of the fly into consideration. Then, divide the remaining space between where you think the head will end and the end of the shank. There are many ways to tie in waterfowl wings. Some like to create an effect like a quill wing matching each side. Others like to fold the wing several times on top of itself, dull side in. Another way, the one I used here, is to tie the wing in small folded sections. For this size fly, I used three sections of teal flank about ¼ to 3/8-inch-wide, folded them dull side in it often depends of the quality of the feather.

Fishing Matters Game Angling Consultant Stevie Munn works full time in angling as a qualified and insured fishing guide, writer and game angling instructor. He has also appeared in many angling books, magazines and DVDs and gives casting demonstrations at angling events all over the world. He has fished many places in the world and grew up fishing on rivers and loughs of Ireland where he often guides. He runs teaching courses in Ireland and host groups to fish in Norway, Argentina and other parts of the world. You can contact him via email and for more information visit