The plan this season is to fish more with spiders and wets/wingless wets – I want to explore more than just dries for trout. With a large batch of spiders and wingless wets ready I set out to tie up some larger spiders/wingless wets to fish for salmon as well.
These are tied on #4 & #8 salmon hooks and are tied to target salmon, but will of course be with me as a part of any trout-fishing trips as well!
Keeping it simple and fishing activly with these should (hopefull) produce some results this summer, now we just need to wait for the summer to arrive here up north!
Both of the variants have the same basic features: body of divided berlin wool, black front-hackle and a topping wing. Kelson calls for Macaw in tail and for horns, but here I use blue swan instead, not as stiff as Macaw, and not quite the color, but for these flies (that go into the fishing box) I wanted to use up some 2nd grade topping and try to tie up some quick and fishable patterns without the need for all the materials called for.
For the 2019 season I’m tying up some smaller classics to go fishing with, first up is a Jock Scott on a Partridge M2 #1
To ensure it will hold up and fish without breaking up I have chosen to do a wool butt and reverse-hackled the black body hackle. The materials in the wing and body is also substituted and somewhat changed if you look at the original recipies: http://flypattern.org/search?s=jock%20scott
The wing is peacock, swan and turkey, the underwing is a brown and not white-tipped turkey, sides is just a single-strip of wood duck instead of a married section of wood duck and teal. All this is done to create a easy to tie pattern that has all the main parts of a Jock Scott in it, but at the same time doesn’t have a enormous amount of material in it.