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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:52

Flies Of The Year Charlie Abrahams

England international and captain of the Pitsford Pirates fishing team, Charlie Abrahams shares the flies that have served him well on the loch-style competition circuit.

1 Red Holographic Cormorant Booby

This has been the ‘year of the Cormorant’ for me, I think because we have had some relatively coloured water conditions and the black wing shows up so well in such water.

In practice for the Midland Final of the AWAI at Grafham Water we found it very hard going, in fact I blanked! However, the one consistent factor was that most of the few fish we did take came to Cormorant variants. I noticed a lot of big red buzzers coming off, so I tied these up with a red holographic rib over black peacock herl.

On the day, with improved conditions, it fished much better than everyone expected and I had my 12 fish by 4.15pm, winning the match, with the Pitsford Pirates finishing second in an incredibly strong field. Eight of my fish came to this fly.

Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight, size 10

Thread: Black UTC 70

Eyes: 4mm black foam

Body: Black dyed peacock herl

Rib: Red holographic medium tinsel wrapped three times round hook bend then over body in open turns

Wing: Black marabou 

 

2 Biscuit Booby Variant

This micro booby, with a fluorescent yellow rear, was tied for me by Jeff Wilkinson of Razor Sharp Flies. My practice partner Bart Farmer and I found it to be far and away our most successful pattern on Bewl, running into the National last year. The problem was we only had four with us and didn’t have any Biscuit Fritz left! I lost one of the four on the first day so that left me with just one for day two.

The pattern definitely did the business, taking six of the nine fish I caught over the two days, including a fish at 5.29pm, one minute before the end of the event! Fished almost static or stripped, it is the perfect point fly for a washing line rig when fish are shying away from bigger, brighter offerings.

Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special, size 10

Thread: Yellow UTC 70

Eyes: 3.5mm yellow foam

Body: Three turns fluorescent yellow Fritz at the rear and as much Biscuit Fritz as can be packed in behind eyes

 

3 All Black Diawl Bach

My most consistent nymph over the last two seasons – wonderfully ‘quiet’ and so excels in clear water and for pressured fish.

Tied with black holographic over black peacock herl, the rib actually reflects a host of colours and the JC cheeks just provide enough of a highlight to pull fish in. This one is tied on a size 14 Fritz-N-Flies barbless hook, which I have found to be exceptionally strong, and with a really wide gape, fish loss is kept to a minimum.

Hook: Fritz-N-Flies Competition Barbless, size 14

Thread: Black UTC 70

Body: Black dyed peacock herl

Rib: Black medium holographic tinsel

Tail and throat: Black cock hackle

Cheeks: Jungle cock

 

3 All Black Diawl Bach

My most consistent nymph over the last two seasons – wonderfully ‘quiet’ and so excels in clear water and for pressured fish.

Tied with black holographic over black peacock herl, the rib actually reflects a host of colours and the JC cheeks just provide enough of a highlight to pull fish in. This one is tied on a size 14 Fritz-N-Flies barbless hook, which I have found to be exceptionally strong, and with a really wide gape, fish loss is kept to a minimum.

Hook: Fritz-N-Flies Competition Barbless, size 14

Thread: Black UTC 70

Body: Black dyed peacock herl

Rib: Black medium holographic tinsel

Tail and throat: Black cock hackle

Cheeks: Jungle cock

 

4 Peacock Green Cormorant

Historically I have never been a big fan of Cormorants, but when we were practising for the Spring International on Lough Lein, one of the boatmen suggested I try one. Three casts later I had my first ‘keeper’ of the week and the fly stayed on my cast from then on.

This version is tied with a Peacock Tinsel rib and Picric JC eyes and took most of my fish that mattered during International week. I fished it on the point with a few fast strips before twiddling it back to the boat. Taking a 10in fish on this fly, just an hour into the match on what we knew was going to be a rock-hard day, took the pressure off enormously and made the whole experience so much more enjoyable.

Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight, size 12

Thread: Black UTC 70

Body: Black dyed peacock herl

Rib: Peacock/bronze medium tinsel

Wing: Black marabou fibre tips

Cheeks: Picric dyed jungle cock

 

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