Allan Liddle's July Tutorial is the Red Butt Green Peter Muddler. To tie this fly using Allans step-by-step tutorial, click on the materials image at the bottom of this blog post!
Last month Allan took us through the Silver Muddler click here to find out more.
Following on from last month’s Silver Muddler, a nice Summer pattern that’s done well for me over the years is the Green Pater Muddler. As it has ‘evolved’ to suit the waters I fish it has been chopped and changed a wee bit over the years with the addition of a Glowbrite 4 butt (something I spotted on a Green Peter elsewhere and perfect for many of the peat stained waters I like to fish) and an alteration to olive deer hair at the head which I feel simply adds to the fly’s overall appeal (if not the fish then certainly to me).
Excellent as a general sedge type fly, handy in a hatch of olives or simply to be used as a general surface, or breaking through the surface water moving attractor. Fished sub-surface this fly has also attracted the attention of our wild trout as well as a few of our stocked prey over the years, in fact it has on occasion stood out on waters such as Mentieth and Lintrathen up here above the Wall, however I’m sure it would be a hit on the big open reservoirs south and the wilds of Wales as well as coming from a proven track record from its original home of across the Irish Sea.
Fished on the heavier gauge Sproat hook it can still sit up well if you ‘Gink’ heavily, or work effectively ‘through the wave’ when fished ‘short line’ in a big wave, deadly and spectacular. Great in bigger sizes for this, but also handy when tied in a 14 or even 16 when smaller sedges or lake olives are around, smaller can also be deadly when you hit the depths as well into shrimp or corixa territory.
Hope you guys like it and worthy of a place in all Stillwater anglers armoury, regardless of the size of the water.
Thread: Black Uni 6/0 or 8/0 depending on hook size
Butt: Glowbrite floss no 4
Rib: Fine Silver Wire
Body: Medium or Dark Olive Hare Dub Mix with a pinch of Olive Glister (Veniards)
Hackle: Brown natural saddle cock (palmered)
Wing: Woodcock primary feather ‘folded’ (original was hen pheasant centre tail but I prefer the mottled markings from the woodcock)
Head: Fine olive deer hair (Funky Flytying)