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    Could someone tell me the traditional pattern of the kate mclaren. Thanks

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by captain beefheart
    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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    Correct, been watching discovery realtime! Must be a good fly, its the only one he has!

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    Well he certainly manages to catch a few with it.

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    Kate McLaren


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    CB,

    Here is an Alice Conba tied Kate McLaren



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

    Cheers,
    Hans W

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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.
    Tight lines
    Last edited by Highlander; 29-04-2007 at 11:08 AM.
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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.

    Regards
    Amber
    Last edited by Amber; 28-04-2007 at 10:12 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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