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Flies To Tie And Try: The Green Peter

Ronan Baggott shares a successful wet fly which will take sedge and daphnia feeding trout from the Irish loughs…the Green Peter.

Flies To Tie And Try: The Green Peter

I can’t think of a more well-known and successful wet fly than the Green Peter. Although it is a sedge pattern it will take trout and salmon right the way through the season. It is also a go to pattern for many anglers who fish for the daphnia feeding trout on Corrib and Mask in late summer.

There are a number of ways of dressing this pattern, and in truth I believe there is no right or wrong way, it comes down to personal preference and your own style. The version I have tied for this feature has a wing of hen pheasant tail fibres instead of the more traditional hen pheasant wing slips. I just find hen pheasant tail is easier to work with.

Step 1

Take the tying thread down the hook shank until it is in line with the barb, catching in some gold wire for a rib on the way.

Step 2

Dub some medium olive seal’s fur onto the tying thread and take it up the hook shank in touching turns to form a body.

Step 3

Tie in a furnace saddle hackle.

Step 4

Take four turns of the saddle hackle down the body and use the gold wire to secure and rib up through the body.

Step 5

Tie in a bunch of hen pheasant tail fibres to form a wing and trim away the waste.

Step 6

Take the tying thread to just behind the hook eye and tie in another furnace saddle hackle.

Step 7

Pull the tying thread back so it’s parallel to the hook shank and take three turns of the furnace hackle back towards your wing. Once you have taken the three turns of hackle use the tying thread to trap the hackle in place and rib the thread up through and back to the eye of the hook.

Step 8

Tidy up the waste ends, whip finish and coat the head with your preferred varnish.

Tying The Fly

HOOK: Kamasan B175, size 10
THREAD: Black
RIB: Medium gold wire
BODY: Medium olive seal’s fur
BODY HACKLE: Furnace saddle hackle
WING: Hen pheasant tail fibres
HEAD HACKLE: Three turns furnace saddle hackle

Ronan Baggott

Ronan Baggott was born and raised on the shores of Lough O’Flynn, a brown trout fishery in Co. Roscommon on the west of Ireland. He has been fly fishing and fly tying for over 20 years. He regularly fishes Lough Mask and Lough Corrib and also enjoys fishing his local rivers.

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