The Olive Pete Loch Fly, Tied on a Partridge SLD2
Words and images from PRO-Team member Allan Liddle.
Allan Liddle provides us with a recipe and insights for the ‘Olive Pete’, a great loch fly and searching pattern.
One for a bigger wave on our lochs for wild fish or perhaps dead of night surface wake lure style fishing on rivers for sea trout, the Olive Peter is simply a variation I like of the Green Peter Muddler.
Excellent in an olive or light green sedge hatch, not too shabby just as a general searching pattern either, this is a fly I’d chose to fish on the “Bob” position on a “Team” of flies fished “Short Line Loch Style” or allowed to swing across a wave dead drift from the bank.
Designed to draw fish up onto the surface in a big rolling wave, like all muddlers used this way, it’s best if treated with floatant (Hunts Gel perfect for this) so it creates a wake across the surface, or “pops” back up if pulled (drawing it below the surface) and a pause then left in the retrieve.
|Hook:||Partridge SLD2 Standard Dry Barbless #10 – #14|
|Thread:||Semperfli 80 red waxed thread|
|Tag / Rib:||0.1mm silver wire|
|Body Dubbing:||Sooty Olive Troutstalker Andrew’s Scruffy Dubbing|
|Hackle:||Golden Olive Grizzle Saddle palmered in open turns.|
|Legs:||Picric dyed pre-knotted PT legs (Semperfli)|
|Head:||Olive Dyed Roe Deer Hair|
The addition of the pre-knotted pheasant tail legs just adds to the general “bugginess” of the overall profile, adds another trigger point to the pattern, some additional movement, but in truth adding legs to my wild loch flies makes them look cool.
Fished in sizes #10 to #14 works best for me and the florescent mixed colour strands through the body dubbing mix really help this pattern stand out but in a more subtle way instead of a big bold and brash florescent tail.
Based in Moray in Scotland's North East, Allan has specialises with the wild trout from the rivers and burns, lochs and lochans throughout Mainland Scotland and the Isles.
A strong passion for fishing simple dries he feels there's nothing better than to see the fish take off the top, but isn't slow to fish a range of different styles when mood or conditions dictate. Although trout is his first love Allan occasionally chases the Salmon, Grayling stocked fish and even dabbles in salt water when the chance arises.
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