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|Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:53 pm Post subject: Willie Gunn
|The creation of ghillie Willie Gunn, this fly was THE mainstay of the salmon fishers tube fly armoury for many years, from the early eighties, right through to the millenium, when it began to lose favour somewhat to the new style long wing tubes and Templedog style dressings.
The fly is dressed with a mixed wing of Black, Orange, and Yellow bucktail, and the effectiveness of this fly was such that many salmon fishers were confident enough to fish right through the back end with nothing else in their a fly box but Williie Gunns, tied with different proportions of colour mixes. Black or an equal mix being the predominating colour for clear water conditions, Yellow for dirty water, and Orange for water carrying a little peat stain.
Those days are over now, but as with any salmon fly pattern that has accounted for thousands of fish over the years, it hasn't lost its effectiveness in any way, and this is one fly that i always give a good swim, during the September/November period.
Standard tying, equal proportions of all three colours.
Orange predominating (Peaty Water Conditions)
Black predominating (Clear Water Conditions)
Hooks: Mostly tied on Tubes, but is effective on standard double or treble hooks
Thread: Black 8/0
Tag: Oval Gold Tinsel
Body: Black Floss
Rib: Oval Gold over full length of Body
Wing: An equal mix of Black, Yellow and Orange Bucktail with a few strands of Krystal Flash if you wish. Alternatively, increase the proportions of black bucktail for clear water, orange for peaty conditions, or Yellow for water carrying a bit of colour.