Devised by Sandy Leventon, the Editor first made its impact on the River Spey in the late 1980s. Since then it has proved a deadly pattern for salmon and grilse (and sea-trout) in rivers at home and abroad.
Last year it proved to be one of Norway's most successful flies, and few fishers on the Tweed in late spring and early summer are without one or two in their boxes.
With its pearly body and fluorescent rib, the Editor really gleams in the water and seems to do best on a sparkling day of sunshine and high cloud.
It may be tied as a double (in sizes 4-8 for the Spey in May), or on singles, tubes and Waddingtons. The wing should be at least one-and-a-half times the length of the hook shank.
Numerous variants with different-coloured throat hackles have been tried, but none seems so successful as the original.
Hook To suit conditions Thread Black
Underbody White Antron Body Pearl
lurex Rib Fluorescent-green nylon
Hackle Blue cock Wing Black bucktail
Cheeks Jungle cock
1. Fix the hook in the vice and run the thread along the shank in close turns. Where the two bends of the double divide, catch in three inches of fluorescent-green monofilament nylon.
2. With the waste end of the nylon lying along the hook shank, secure it in place with close turns of thread. This will form an even base for the underbody.
3. Carry the thread along the shank until it is just short of the eye. Take a length of white floss and catch it in at this point.
4. Begin winding the floss down the shank in close turns. The aim is to create a smooth underbody on which to apply the pearl tinsel body.
5. Keep winding the floss down to the bend then back again, forming a double layer. Return it to its catching-in point, secure the loose end and remove the excess.
6. Take six inches of medium-width pearl tinsel and catch it in place where the underbody ends.
7. Keeping tension on the tinsel at all times, begin to wind it down over the floss underbody. Once the end has been reached, wind it back to its catching-in point, ensuring no gaps are left.
8. Secure the loose end of the tinsel with thread and remove. That done, wind the monofilament nylon over the body in five tight, evenly spaced turns.
9. Select a dyed-blue cock hackle and prepare it by removing any damaged fibres at the base. Catch it in by a short section of bare stem.
10. Using hackle pliers, wind on three full turns before securing the tip with tying thread and removing the excess.
11. Stroke the fibres back over the body and position with thread turns. Take a pinch of black bucktail and catch it in so the tips project past the bend.
12. Secure the wing in place with tight turns of thread then select two medium-sized jungle-cock feathers of equal size. Catch them in either side of the wing then build a neat head and whip finish.
WHERE, WHEN & HOW TO FISH
W H E R E
In any river carrying a slight peat stain, the Editor stands out like a beacon. Fish it with confidence throughout Scotland and further afield. It is also a great fly for grilse and summer salmon on a fining-down spate river.
W H E N
Although devised primarily as a fly for late spring and early summer, when a flashy pattern with plenty of blue in it seems particularly attractive to fresh fish, the Editor is also a great fly for many autumn rivers. Tied on a big single hook or a tube, it has produced great catches on the Tweed, Tay and Tyne.
H O W
In late spring and early summer fish it on an intermediate line; in high summer fish it on a floater; and when the water cools in the autumn fish it on a sinking line.
T Y I N G T I P
Fluorescent-green nylon is available from Lureflash. For flies in sizes 2-6 use 18 lb breakingstrain. For smaller ones use 12 lb.