To many, the classic feather-wing Atlantic salmon fly is a relic of the past, a reminder of a distant, bygone era. But for Niels Have, one of the world’s most talented fly tiers, they still represent the very pinnacle in modern fly tying. And, as Matt Kidd discovered, he puts them to very good use, too.
Tackle & Flies
With a seductive wiggle that provokes heart-stoppingly explosive takes from big, bad predatory fish, this remarkable topwater fly is a triumph of hydro-dynamic engineering, says Matt Harris.
There are thousands of fly patterns out there, but just occasionally, a fly comes along that really does change the game. Matt Harris explains.
The Red-Necked Jig is one of the simplest yet deadliest nymphs in a river fisher's box. So simple, in fact, it only requires five materials and takes just a minute or two to tie with a little practice.
As far as surface lures go, this one is about as versatile as they come, says Matt Harris. Taimen, peacock bass, giant trevally, mahseer, barracuda, pike, dorado and striped bass – you name it, they will eat it.
In red, black or fire orange, this remains one of the simplest and deadliest weapons in the salmon-fisher’s armoury, says Matt Harris.
Don’t titter – Hakan’s Half-Incher is irresistible, says Matt Harris.
Paul Procter nominates his five most indispensable fly patterns for wild brownies, and explains why he simply couldn’t live without them.
Hywel Morgan nominates his five most indispensable fly patterns for rainbow trout, and explains why he simply couldn’t live without them.
Bill Drury nominates his five most indispensable fly patterns for Atlantic salmon and explains why he simply couldn’t live without them.
Globe-trotting fisherman Matt Harris puts together a selection of 12 flies that will catch anything that swims.
If you want to land really big GTs, you will need heavy artillery, says Henry Gilbey.
It’s the ‘fly’ in fly fishing that separates it from other forms of angling, says Marcus Janssen.
Michael Daunt looks at the history of the salmon fly. Flies tied and photographed by Lloyd Lutes.