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Old 28-04-2007, 08:21 PM
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Could someone tell me the traditional pattern of the kate mclaren. Thanks
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Old 28-04-2007, 08:34 PM
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The version offered in the Collins Illustrated Dictionary of Trout Flies is:

Hook 8-12
Thread - Black
Tail - GP topping
Body - Black seals fur, palmered black cock hackle
Rib - oval silver tinsel
Hackle - red-brown cock

It is broadly correct as far as I know.
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Old 28-04-2007, 08:47 PM
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Could someone tell me the traditional pattern of the kate mclaren. Thanks

Someone's been watching too much Paul Young on the telly
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Old 28-04-2007, 08:55 PM
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Correct, been watching discovery realtime! Must be a good fly, its the only one he has!
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Old 28-04-2007, 09:00 PM
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Well he certainly manages to catch a few with it.
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Kate McLaren

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Old 28-04-2007, 09:10 PM
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CB,

Here is an Alice Conba tied Kate McLaren

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Dressing details here:
http://www.danica.com/flytier/aconba/kate_mclaren.htm

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Old 28-04-2007, 09:34 PM
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Here is a couple or three of nice variation ties to try.

NO1
Hook: 12-10
Thread black: 8/0
Tail: Sunburst yellow marabou, nipped short
Rib : Fine silver oval
Body: black seals fur
Body hackle: black cock (palmered)
Front hackle: Brown Partridge tied long

No 2
As above but with dyed blue Guinea Fowl front hackle

No3
As standard fly (picture shown above) but with Glowbrite green floss(11) for tail (very popular)

All good bob flies with No1 being a particularly attractive fly

The original is an old Scottish pattern first tied by William J Robertson of the Glasgow tackle firm of the same name. Certainly a variation on the much older Black Pennell. The Kate got it's baptism on Loch Maree, probably as a Sea Trout fly but better known today as a first class Brown Trout fly & it has gained many converts with todays fastidious anglers.
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Old 28-04-2007, 10:10 PM
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Hi,

I would endorse Highlanders comments that it's a first class brown trout fly.

I tend to use the variation no 3 pattern with the green tail.

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Old 28-04-2007, 10:41 PM
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Fishing traditional wet fly I would never be without a Kate Mclaren. It has caught more fish for me by this method than any other fly except perhaps the Zulu - Welsh trout love Zulus. Men Of Harlech , yada , yada.

Seriously it has to be in my top three wet flies.
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