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February TOTM theme: ‘A Scotsman at heart’
I figured I’d risk abusing my position and your good nature by being self-centred and basing this month’s tie on myself by way of introduction. I’m in my fifties and started fishing as a tender 4 year old with a dapping rod that felt like a telegraph pole, for wee brownies in the lochs around Paisley. Trout and fly fishing were soon central to my existence with every possible excuse used to be by or on the water. Around seven years of age I was let loose with a split cane six weight and taught to fish traditional loch style and then shoot a long line before finally earning my graduation onto salmon. Almost as soon I did though, we moved to the far south east of England and my fly fishing stopped for a number of years due to no local waters and a lack of anglers in my immediate family or friends. In the last 10 years with children growing up I found the time to rekindle a love of fluff chucking chasing trout and grayling on chalkstreams, then back to my much loved tumbling rocky streams and rivers albeit in Wales rather than Scotland, began chasing bass and anything else in the sea and then pike in the winter. During that time I also re-started fly tying and then last year, finally, the salmon bug returned and I found you lot and this competition.
So back to that abuse of my position and your good nature…
In honour of the fact that wherever I live I will always be a Scotsman at heart, I’d like everyone to tie a fly with a Scottish heritage.
I felt this would be a good opener, particularly for anyone new, as it leaves the materials choice wide open with many, many fly patterns to choose from.
You can tie on any hook, shank or tube you choose.
The fly should be recognised as having a Scottish heritage through being developed for use in Scottish waters. It may be a classic or modern pattern.