Go to fly for peaty rivers?

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Garry Dog with a long wing, a Cascade with a lot of yellow and red in it or a Ghillie.
 

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Calvin shrimp on a gold hook for me.

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Anything with a glo brite head and tag.
In really heavy water i like a teple dog with a fluro pink tag. It dosent look much but a bright spot seems to make quite a diffrence.

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I used to love Davie McPhail's Peaty Man on little tubes. Rather negligently, have forgotten the tying of it and I'm out of stock!
Have to say I do agree with the inclusion of Hot Spot's on flee's, in the form of heads, tags, tails whatever!.
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What is the most visible colour in heavily peat stained water? I assume the OP is about the Tees which is normally black tea in the upper reaches, from memory.

And what size...do you go bigger in the low visibility?
 

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What is the most visible colour in heavily peat stained water? I assume the OP is about the Tees which is normally black tea in the upper reaches, from memory.

And what size...do you go bigger in the low visibility?

I'm not sure you can be extremely specific about what size to fish without knowing many other variables.

Even in gin clear water, you can use a much smaller fly in calm, slow water than in a heavy stream for example. The same applies in coloured water.

Think of what you'd fish in 'perfect' water and work from there.

I don't like to fish with massive flies and it's amazing what you'll hook, in water that you wouldn't call clean, on a size 6.

A size 8 would be a big fly for me now but my pools go very flat, very quickly after a spate.
 

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Kylie shrimp . Red francis later in the season. Foxford shrimp too
I've not seen that pattern before, very nice indeed. I will be adding it to my box for sure.
Girnal shrimp or Ghillie
Do you have any images of a Girnal Shrimp?
I used to love Davie McPhail's Peaty Man on little tubes. Rather negligently, have forgotten the tying of it and I'm out of stock!
Have to say I do agree with the inclusion of Hot Spot's on flee's, in the form of heads, tags, tails whatever!.
Pedro
Any pics Rennie?
 

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What is the most visible colour in heavily peat stained water? I assume the OP is about the Tees which is normally black tea in the upper reaches, from memory.

And what size...do you go bigger in the low visibility?
It depends on the light level and the angle of elevation of the sun, which together determine the brightness under the surface.
Peat stained water absorbs the red element of the spectrum very quickly, causing red and orange flies to appear much fuller than they do in air.
Any fly above the fish will appear mostly as a dark outline as the underside is in shadow.
 

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I've not seen that pattern before, very nice indeed. I will be adding it to my box for sure.

Do you have any images of a Girnal Shrimp?

Any pics Rennie?
Girnal in here:


Ghillie and Girnal are both by Phil’s brother Roger 🤣🤣🤣
 
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