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Flies from 2005

September 2005: Coachman

Hook: 8 - 14
Head: Black thread
Body: Peack herl & brown hen hackle
Wing: White duck primary
The first month of spring brought warm weather and some storms. There was a lot of insect activity early morning and late afternoon.

Some very big fish were caught, up to 4 kg. The main flies used were Woolly Buggers, Mrs. Simpson and a white moth.

The fly featured this month is the "Coachman", as it resembles the white-winged caddis fly, similar to a white moth. There are many variants to the original fly illustrated here, such as the Royal Coachman which has a red body. The original was devised in the first half of the nineteenth century and is still a very effective pattern for brown and rainbow trout.

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