Doobry Variant (Stan Headley)


The Doobry is a fly that is a cross between two classic loch-style wet flies: The Zulu and The Dunkeld. Writing in Trout and Salmon Flies of Scotland [1] its originator, Stan Headley, notes that while the original Doobry was created for a specific purpose on a specific loch, it didn’t really work that well as originally conceived. However, it has become a modern standard on both lochs and reservoirs throughout the UK serving as a general purpose loch-style pattern. This variant has more in  common to the colours of the classic Dunkeld (brown, orange and gold), with none of the black of the Zulu and might equally as well be referred to as a Wickhams variant, as it shares the classic combination of brown and gold of that pattern. For some reason, I’ve never tied or fished the Doobry, so have tied up a few of both the classic and this variant for 2019.Doobry Variant (Stan Headley)



Hook: Tiemco 3769 #10-12
Tail: Globrite yarn #6
Rib: Gold wire
Body: Gold tinsel
Body hackle: Brown rooster
Collar hackles: Brown hen over fluorescent orange rooster
Thread: Danville 6/0 black

  1. Stan Headley, Trout and Salmon Flies of Scotland (Ludlow: Merlin Unwin, 1997)

Corixa Cruncher

Corixa Cruncher


corixaSince I first discovered Madeira metallic threads, this pearl thread has become a staple for corixa patterns. This is a more suggestive pattern than other corixa patterns, but it is quick to tie in a range of sizes. Imitating the Corixa Punctata or lesser water boatman, these wonderful insects breath oxygen by trapping it beneath their wing cases – the pearl colour of the Madeira thread suggests this trapped bubble of air perfectly in this pattern. Technically, Corixa don’t have tails, but the tail here accentuates the overall shape of the insect which tapers markedly towards its rear.

Hook: Tiemco 3769 #10-14
Tail: Brown rooster hackle fibres
Back: Hen pheasant
Rib: Silver wire
Body: Madeira metallic Col. 300
Hackle: Brown rooster
Thread: Uni 8/0 white, switched for brown for head

Shewey’s Chironomid Emerger (Variant)

Shewey's Chironomid Emerger

Hook: Tiemco 200R 14-18
Rib: Silver wire
Body: Hemingway’s Hare’s Dubbing Plus UV, black
Hackle: Badger
Gills: 3/32 foam cylinder
Thread: Danville 6/0 black

The original is a pattern devised by John Shewey, Editor-in-Chief of the US Northwest Fly Fishing family of magazines. It already had elements of the classic suspender buzzer pattern, I rather like the addition of the hackle, the original used a peacock thorax and grizzly hackle, I’ve used a badger.

Brahma Pea

Brahma Pea

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire, UK

Tim Flager’s Brahma hen reinterpretation of the classic US fly pattern the “Woolly Bugger” adapted for UK stillwaters. The original Pitsford Pea used a black chenille body and a lime green chenille collar, part Dog Nobbler, part Tadpole in its origins and has been around for over thirty years. Its origins are a little unknown, as the late Pitsford fly fisher, Bev Perkins [1], wrote in an article in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying “no-one really wanted to hold their hand up and say: ‘I devised the Pitsford Pea!'”. It has subsequently given rise to a whole series of “Peas” often named after the English midlands waters they were devised for, or at times even particular stretches of some waters. My favourite is the Ravensthorpe Pea, named after the beautiful Victorian reservoir just north of Northampton that I’ve fished many times. This adaptation uses the colour combination of the original “Pea”, hence the name. The Brahma hen should give it lots of motion, so will be interesting to give it an outing early season. Head hackle on this one is a single grizzly hen hackle, but could easily pop on a second to make the head a bit more pronounced. Equally easy to hide as much lead as one would like under all that Brahma.


Hook: Kamasan B830 #10
Tail: Brahma hen chickabou, dyed black
Body: 4/5 Brahma hen hackles, dyed black
Head hackle: Grizzly hen, dyed chartreuse
Thread: Danville 6/0 black

  1. Bev Perkins Peas Please! Fly Fishing and Fly Tying (accessed February 8th 2019)