This month Allan Liddle talks us through a tutorial on The Purple Hog...
Tucked away from a winter tying session for earlier this year, this wee fly sat as an untried experiment until July when I first took to the wild trout lochs of upland Scotland in earnest where it quickly became a first pick for the lightning fast surface feeding fish that inhabit these wild waters.
How it came about was kind of by chance, I had noticed some purple wool belonging to my wife’s mum and liked the colour so blagged a bit, then it sat on my tying bench for a couple of weeks before catching my eye again when I was playing about with some loch flies. Looking at it as a substitute for a favoured Claret Hog it paired it up with Glowbrite no 15 (purple) florescent floss for a tail and liked the final result, so into the fly box it went.
There it sat until July when the first high loch forays and when tried it was a stand out so much that for the moment, purple is the new claret.
I also like the fact that the wool shade is called heather which kind of fits the whole scenario especially as you run through August and the hills match the shade of the fly, however romance over it’s the reaction from the fish I’m more interested in and fair to say they have really liked it.
Simple to tie and easy to fish this style of fly is deadly, in fact I’d say that Hogs are the deadliest style of wild loch trout fly out there at the moment and it would be a rare day if I was on a wild loch without one (depending on the hatch of course)
Worthy of a place in any Stillwater anglers selection and well worth experimenting at depth for stocked fish, I can also vouch for the fact Stillwater rainbows like it as well as it’s caught well when used on a couple of local stocked waters over the summer as well.
Thread; Red Uni 6/0 or 8/0 depending on fly size
Tail; Glowbrite Floss number 15
Body; Purple wool (shade Heather). Note split the strands to help keep bulk down when tying
Wing; Natural Fine Deer Hair or Natural Comparadun Deer Hair
Step 1 Catch in thread and floss tail
Step 2 Double over floss tail and secure
Step 3 Trim tail approx. 7mm - 8mm from hook bend
Step 4 Split wool to single strand to cut down bulk and help the body sit correctly then catch in at tail
Step 5 Take two turns of wool tight to tail then secure before folding back for next step in body
Step 6 Take a bunch of deer hair, clean off underfur and line tips then tie in just short of tail (approx. 45 degree angle from tail)
Step 7 Trim hair ends and secure with thread
Step 8 Take two turns of wool, secure and fold back again
Step 9 Repeat process with deer hair again keeping just short of previous section
Step 10 Repeat trim of deer hair and secure
Step 11 Repeat wool body step, two turns, secure and fold back
Step 12 Final deer hair wing section again same as before
Step 13 Trim deer hair and secure with thread
Step 14 Take final two or three turns of wool to form head of fly
Step 15 Whip finish and varnish