Sportfish Facebook Fans Top Flies of All Time!

Facebook Fans Top Flies of All Time!We recently offered our Facebook fans the chance to win a brand new set of Fulling Mill flies (pictures) that aren’t available to purchase yet. To enter they had to tell us which was their favourite fly of all time and why!

We had some fantastic responses and have pulled together a selection of these for you to read… we hope you find it interesting and share with your friends!

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Christopher from Londonderry…

“Black Pennell with seals fur body and wide silver rib. Caught first brown trout on the fly, first sea trout and first salmon on the fly. Works on both still water / lake / lough and rivers. Easy to tie. A truly all round fly.”

Mark from London said…

“A Goldie, given free with T&S. Years ago, I arrived at what was usually a small river North of Sterling for a day chasing the small browns. Arrived to find the river rapidly rising with no hope of catching the aforementioned brownies. As I was there for a few hours, I tied on the biggest fly I had (the Goldie) and went for a walk. Two hours later I’d landed my first ever salmon – ok, grilse – of 5 1/2 lb”

Wesley from Southampon said…

“Red frances. 7 days in Norway. 3000 casts. 1 fish! 44lb salmon. My first on a double handed rod.”

Chris from Cardiff…

“Mine has to be the dog knobbler – a great track record of catches from it plus the added bonus of a funny name”

Martyn from the UK…

“Yellow and Orange Pot Bellied Pig. Used when all the experts say conditions are hopeless. It’s worked twice for me now, once in liquid chocolate water on the Deveron for a 12 pounder when pride prevented me from using a spinner. And again on the Wye last October in “unfishable” water for a 17 pound kipper. Just proves that sometimes pig headedness and stupidity actually scores over common sense!”

Rob from Bristol…

“The posh tosh… Caught my first double figure salmon in august on it”

Tony from Norwich…

“A very simple red and white Clouser minnow. About a size 4. My first day ever on saltwater, Marco Island Florida. 70lbs Tarpon (estimated), a dozen Jacks, Snook and Redfish. That fly is on my shelf at home forever.”

Mike from Bucksburn…

“Kate MacLaren. So many variations and a test for your fly tying.”

Pheasant Tail Nymph

Pheasant Tail Nymph

Kevin from UK…

“Pheasy tail nymph-it was the first fly that I had ever tied and caught fish on. I go shooting in a local cindicate so I use feathers from my game and hair from my gundog for my flies. The pheasy tail nymph is dead easy to tie and I have caught hundreds of trout and par up the burn. The pheasy tail hardly ever lets me down, always have a wheen of them in my box.”

Ewan from Inverness…

“Ron Sutherlands Dee Monkey. A superb fly for all conditions also caught my first salmon (13lb licer) on it and is the first fly I put though almost all pools!”

Oddmar from Tórshavn…

“Harry mary, caught my first salmon on it”

John from UK…

“The Pheaseant Tail Nymph, it’s simple, effective and crosses several fish groups, all types of trout, grayling, artic char, mullet and coarse fish.”

Graham from Fraserburgh…

“Gold Willie Gunn Flamethrower, works well in high or low water, you cant go far wrong with a Black, Yellow and Orange colour combination in a salmon fly.”

Clan Chief Fly

Clan Chief Fly

Chris from UK…

“The Clan Chief a trout fly fished on loch stack, mac the ghillie said you’ll never catch a salmon on that. Last cast of the day, not the biggest grilse at 4lb but silver, I gave him the fly as a reminder anything can happen.”

Ian from Blackburn…

“Black Frances for me! Fantastic ‘back end’ fly tied on a half inch copper tube. Bit of a knack to fishing them but without doubt a true performer season after season. Caught me my first ever Scottish springer on the Dee!!! Massive memorable moment and brought a tear to my eye”

Þórarinn from Hafnarfjörður…

“Pheaseant Tail nymph, tied with copper wire as the author did, my favorite for trout. The author was a genious of course.”

Neil from UK…

“Birkett Small size 12 double, Ally’a Shrimp on top dropper, any fly to suit water thereafter”

Ellie from Cirencester…

“Red thunder and lightening, I caught my first fish on the Carron last year – tied it myself, very memorable”

Sunray Shadow Fly

Sunray Shadow Fly

Charlie from Kirriemuir…

“Sunray Shadow! Fished one the surface it’s has to be one of the most exciting, exhilarating and entertaining ways to catch salmon! Helped me catch 20 of 37 Scottish salmon last season up to 21lbs! Watching an 15.5lbs salmon jump 4ft clear at a sunray was in incredible! Love it!”

Shane from UK…

“The ‘Yellow Dog’ (aka Garry Dog or Minister’s Dog) is my go to salmon fly and works in all sizes, even 10s and 12s. Being easily tied, it’s worth risking in the lies that the salmon in my wee river like, the ones with a branch just in the wrong…….. ‘Ahhh for Pete’s sake!’”

Colin from Kilmalcom…

“Cats whisker. A killer pattern that works all year.”

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