Mallard and Claret (variant)

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Many years ago Bob Carnill wrote an article in Trout Fisherman extolling the virtues of a size 14 Mallard and Claret in a buzzer hatch. His explanation of how the tail represented the shuck behind the emerging adult was good enough for me and I have been tying and fishing Bob’s black hackled version ever since (although Bob’s GP tippet wasn’t dyed). I treat it as a nymph rather than a wet fly, it works well on slow retrieves/dead drift, often on a ‘washing line’ and sometimes with the wing ‘ginked’.

The size 12s I fish differently; these are frequently first choice middle dropper in a 'pulling' team on a grey day with a rolling wave.

Hook: Kamasan b175, size 12 and 14
Thread: black
Tail: Golden Pheasant tippet, dyed WOIGO
Rib: oval tinsel, gold
Body: seal fur, claret blend
Hackle: hen, dyed black
Wing: bronze mallard​
 

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That’s a mouthwatering blend on those bodies Phil....some magenta in there.?
 

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I agree, stunning looking flies I've a real soft spot for this pattern and black/claret dabblers which I think are very similar.....can I say that or is it a sin 😉

They really work well on the Welsh waters (especially Brenig/Clywedog) and like you say just chuck them out on a slow intermediate or slow tip and figure of 8 back......always works for me too.
 

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That’s a mouthwatering blend on those bodies Phil....some magenta in there.?

Thanks Jimmy. It's every shade of claret I have managed to collect over the years, from 'black claret through to almost purple (magenta ish?) all blended together. I did use to tie one with a magenta floss rib which worked OK but didn't survive the annual fly cull one year.


I agree, stunning looking flies I've a real soft spot for this pattern and black/claret dabblers which I think are very similar.....can I say that or is it a sin 😉

They really work well on the Welsh waters (especially Brenig/Clywedog) and like you say just chuck them out on a slow intermediate or slow tip and figure of 8 back......always works for me too.
Skinny claret dabbler = mallard and claret with a different tail :whistle:

Phil
 

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Thanks Jimmy. It's every shade of claret I have managed to collect over the years, from 'black claret through to almost purple (magenta ish?) all blended together. I did use to tie one with a magenta floss rib which worked OK but didn't survive the annual fly cull one year.



Skinny claret dabbler = mallard and claret with a different tail :whistle:

Phil
Cheers Phil, I do like blending my seal fur.Ive probably got around fifteen different shades of Claret ...😃so I’ll have a go at replicating...👍
 

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Jimmy, what your best Seals Fur recipe for Claret dabblers/dries for wild browns ?? Or is that a secret??
Never been one for keeping secrets Rob,ask away..😉
As it happens I do have a favourite mix that like for, both wbt and rainbows. Try a 70/30 blend of veniards dark claret and fiery Claret SLF, I’ve been using it for years....👍
 

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Cheers Jimmy I will be on this straight away and look forward to trying it out in Wales thus season..👍👍

Never liked SLF and got the a fair few packets tucked away so an easy blend for me.

Always preferred natural materials with perhaps a touch of lite brite 😉
 

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Cheers Jimmy I will be on this straight away and look forward to trying it out in Wales thus season..👍👍

Never liked SLF and got the a fair few packets tucked away so an easy blend for me.

Always preferred natural materials with perhaps a touch of lite brite 😉
Yeah me too,less is more when it comes to some synthetics.
 

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Cheers Phil, I do like blending my seal fur.Ive probably got around fifteen different shades of Claret ...😃so I’ll have a go at replicating...👍

I can’t remember the last time I used seals fur without blending two or more colours, even my black flies have a pinch of red or claret in them. The insects I observe are normally a kaleidoscope of colours and this is what I try to replicate. I can’t say for sure that it makes any difference to the fish but it does to me and that takes us back to that confidence thing again…….

Phil
 

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I agree it's a great fly, and think I posted on here a while back that I discovered, by accident, that a size 14 sitting in the surface film is as good as a Bob's Bits.
 

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This thread is so educational for myself and others that are aspiring to tie flies such as this, thank you.
 

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Nice tying, Phil.

I also love making dubbing blends. I used to salvage 24-well tissue culture dishes from work - ones that had lost sterility and could not be used. They make good 'palettes' for holding all the small pinches of this and pinches of that, blended together...



Col
 

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That looks like a damn fine spice rack!
Ha-ha...

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