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How to tie a Daiwl Bach

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The Daiwl Bach The Daiwl Bach

There is a bit of mystery over who originally created this fly. Was it Jimmy Evans of Chew in 1950, Glyn Isaac of Pembrokeshire or Albert Horne from Cardiff. Daiwl Bach is Welsh for ‘Little Devil’. This all round nymph pattern can be fished in a variety of ways on either floating or sinking lines. The secret to this fly’s success is its sparse, nymph like profile making it a fly for all seasons and waters. There are many spin offs from the original now with alternative ribbing materials, coloured cheeks and the addition of Jungle Cock feathers.

Materials needed

Tying thread

Wet fly hooks 10-12

Fine gold wire

Red game cock hackles



Step 1.


Start the tying thread on the hook shank just behind the eye stopping at a point just above the hook point. Return the thread to just behind the eye and trap in a bunch of red game cock hackle fibres for the tail.



Step 2.


Tie these down along the shank towards the bend and return the thread to just behind the eye.


Step 3.


Tie in the fine gold wire for the rib and tie down along the shank.



 Step 4.


Tie in 3-4 strands of peacock herl by their tips and remove any stray bits over the hook eye. Tie these down along the hook shank returning the thread to just behind the eye.


Step 5.


Wind the bunch of peacock herl towards the eye, tie in firmly and trim away any waste.



Step 6.


Wind the ribbing wire up the shank in open turns and tie in firmly. Do not decent scissors to cut the wire just bend it to & fro till it snaps off at the tie in point.



Step 7.


Take another bunch of cock hackle fibres and tie in under the hook shank as a beard, trim away the waste ends.




Step 8.


Finally finish the fly with a whip finish and apply a small amount of varnish to the head with a dubbing needle.


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