The modern thinking that, since they are mostly fished in darkness, sea-trout flies are seen as silhouettes rather than as combinations of colours is an argument that can never be resolved to the satisfaction of all.
But where the quarry is hunted in broad daylight, even using the correct shades of certain colours can sometimes make a great deal of difference to the catch. But then comes the day when, without any noticeable change in the conditions, the sea-trout will make fools of us all by rejecting the same fly that they leapt on yesterday and only accepting a garish creation tied with the most gullible of rainbows in mind.
Whatever they are intended for, flies don’t come much brighter than the Morning Glory, a descendant of the traditional Kingfisher Butcher that sports a palmered body and a white-tipped natural grey squirrel hair wing instead of the original grey feather.
Lightly dressed on a small single hook and presented on a light leader, it will take newly arrived fish gathered in thin streams, but it is as a loch fly that it really excels.
Hook Size 8-12 Thread Black Tail Blue
cock hackle fibres Body Flat gold tinsel
Rib Fine oval gold tinsel Hackle Blue
cock hackle fibres Wing Natural
1. Take the thread in touching turns the full length of the shank and tie in a small bunch of blue hackle fibres.
2. Tie in the silver ribbing tinsel.
3. Bind down the ribbing tinsel and the butts of the blue hackle fibres. Trim the flat gold tinsel to a point and tie it in at the eye.
4. Wind the flat tinsel in tight touching turns down the shank and then back again to the starting point.
5. Offer up the orange hackle for length. When tied in, the fibres should be slightly longer than the gape of the hook.
6. Strip away the softer fibres from the base of the hackle feather and secure it in by the butt with the shiny side facing you.
7. Make five or six turns with the hackle and secure with the ribbing tinsel. Wind the ribbing through the palmered hackle, being careful not to trap too many of the fibres.
8. Carefully trim away what remains of the hackle feather.
9. Secure in the slim bunch of grey squirrel hair. For good balance, the tips should just reach the tip of the tail.
10. Using very tight turns of thread, fix the wing in place. Form a small head with the thread, make a whip finish and add a drop of varnish.
WHERE, WHEN & HOW TO FISH
W H E R E
Can do well in streamy water but is particularly good on lochs in a wide range of weather conditions — and especially on a sunny day.
W H E N
Daylight and dusk are the prime times for this bright fly, when its colours are illuminated to the full.
H O W
Fished on the point with either a sink-tip or slow-sinking line and retrieved with a smart figure-ofeight movement, it has accounted for some very big sea-trout in the dire conditions of flat calm and bright sunshine.
T Y I N G T I P
If the gold body is to glow through the orange fibres, restrict the turns of hackle to five or six at the most.