Willie Gunn Plus

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I'm already going over gear for my March trip to the Naver. I've got loads of good flies for the early fishing there - many tied by Pat Nicol - including various black and yellow patterns, and some monkey flies that have been good fish producers for me. But when I look back through my catches over the last 10 seasons on the Naver, nothing has done quite as well for me as this modified Willie Gunn Waddington. The difference is winding in a hackle or two Cascade style at the head of the fly. I like the added presence and action this gives the fly. I usually tie some with two hackles for heavier water, and some with one hackle and slightly sparser bodies for lighter flow. These are tied on 25mm shanks, and I connect the double hook with a double strand of 50 lb spectra. I generally go to these from the monkeys when the water gets up into the mid 40s.

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I'm already going over gear for my March trip to the Naver. I've got loads of good flies for the early fishing there - many tied by Pat Nicol - including various black and yellow patterns, and some monkey flies that have been good fish producers for me. But when I look back through my catches over the last 10 seasons on the Naver, nothing has done quite as well for me as this modified Willie Gunn Waddington. The difference is winding in a hackle or two Cascade style at the head of the fly. I like the added presence and action this gives the fly. I usually tie some with two hackles for heavier water, and some with one hackle and slightly sparser bodies for lighter flow. These are tied on 25mm shanks, and I connect the double hook with a double strand of 50 lb spectra. I generally go to these from the monkeys when the water gets up into the mid 40s.

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I'm with you on this, a wound hackle definitely fills the profile out a bit and makes for a more balanced look imo. Whether it makes a whole lot of difference to the salmon is debatable:) It's nice to have a tinker with traditional patterns!



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While I'm daydreaming about the Naver and March, here are some pics of the larger of the fish I've caught there. They have all been on the forum at one time or another, and each of these fish put up a terrific fight and was in superb condition.

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Is that a tag, in the top fish ?.
Aye. The ghillie David Johnstone who is still at Skelpick just put it in that fish. I caught another fish about four years ago that had been tagged 16 months earlier as a grilse and returned as a mid teen springer. They aren’t tagging currently.
 

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Ohhhh thats pornography, hard core $hit at that. Iv seen the pics before but they still are somthing. All in A1 condition. What weight was lump in the 3rd pic?
LOL. I wish I knew for sure. It was the finest conditioned salmon I’ve ever caught or seen in the flesh. It looks like a miniature of one of those old Malloch 60 pounders. It was only 41 inches so I would think maybe 25 or so.
 
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