Alastair Gowans, inventor of the deadly Ally’s Shrimp, is also the creator of the Cascade, a fly that is becoming so popular that it may soon eclipse his earlier invention.
Making use of modern flashy materials, the Cascade may be tied on tubes, Waddingtons, single, double or treble hooks. Its bushy hackle and long tail provide plenty of movement in the water and the number of variants (different colour combinations) that can be tied is limited only by the fly-tyer's imagination.
The Cascade Shrimp has the classic colour combination found in a number of the most effective of all salmon flies, but the key to its success is probably its mobility in the water. This is achieved by using a long-fibred collar hackle and a long, slim bunch of yellow and orange bucktail for the tail. The addition of a few strands of pearl Crystal Hair adds a nice contemporary touch while giving the fly added sparkle.
The body may be varied slightly. The original comprised two halves: the rear silver Mylar and the front black floss. In this simplified version, only the silver holographic Mylar has been used.
Hook Tube Thread Black Body
Holographic silver Mylar Tail Mixed
yellow and orange bucktail and four
strands of pearl Crystal Hair to extend at
least the length of the tube Wing Black
squirrel tail and four strands of pearl
Crystal Hair Hackles Four turns each of
long yellow and orange cock hackle
Head Varnished black thread
1. Fix the copper tube securely on to its mount. Take two inches of holographic silver Mylar piping and remove the central core.
2. Carefully slide the Mylar piping over the end of the tube so that it doesn’t fray. Push it down until it is half-aninch from the end of the tube and run on some white tying thread.
3. Secure the end of the Mylar with turns of the white thread before catching in a tail of orange and yellow bucktail plus a few strands of pearl Crystal Hair over the top.
4. Complete the binding with a whip finish and apply a coat of clear varnish. Secure the end of the Mylar and remove the excess.
5. Catch in the black thread and tie in the black bucktail a short distance back from the end of the tube to form the wing. Add a few more strands of pearl Crystal Hair.
6. Secure the whole wing with tight thread turns, then remove any material sticking over the end of the tube.
7. Take a long-fibred, dyed-yellow cock hackle and stroke the fibres back from the tip. Catch the hackle in so its tip is folded back down the body.
8. Holding the hackle by its base, stroke the fibres so that they all sit in one direction. This process is known as doubling. Wind on three or four turns of hackle so they form a collar.
9. Secure the hackle base with tight turns of thread before removing the excess.
10. Take a long-fibred, dyed-orange cock hackle and catch it in by its tip immediately in front of the turns of yellow hackle.
11. Take hold of the hackle by its base and wind on three turns. Secure the hackle with turns of thread before removing the excess. Build a neat head and cast off with a whip finish.
WHERE, WHEN & HOW TO FISH
W H E R E
The Cascade can be fished with confidence anywhere. While it is a relatively modern fly, it has quickly built a reputation as a great taker of salmon everywhere.
W H E N
Fish it as a weighted tube or a Waddington in spring and autumn and on small singles and doubles in the summer.
H O W
Fished deep and slow in the cold water of spring and autumn, or tied on doubles as small as size 12 in the warmer water of summer and fished on a floating line, the Cascade will take salmon throughout the season.
T Y I N G T I P
To use Mylar piping, remove the core that supports it during its manufacture. Simply cut off a few inches of the Mylar and tease out the core so that a hollow tube is left. Give it a slight stretch so that the woven strands lock together (this will help prevent the end of the piping from fraying) then slide it carefully over the hook or tube on which the pattern is to be tied.