Flies & Fly Tying Adrian’s Roughy

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    Phoenix Bird
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    The Roughy was originally developed by Adrian Weir in the late eighties in Horsham. I’m not too sure if it was inspired by a bottle of good red or the insatiable instincts of a hunter, but never the less it proved to be inspired genius! To say it was a success in those early days was an understatement, and for the privileged few that were privy to this revelation, it was a closely held secret for many years.

    The Roughy although originally designed for the numerous waters around Horsham including Toolondo, Wartook and Fyans, soon proved to be effective wherever it was used, including Tassie, Eucumbene and of course over the Ditch.

    To look at it, One may ask what it is supposed to represent?The  best that I am able to come up with is nothing in particular and everything in general, depending how its fished, the Roughy often  gets the job done when all else fails

    From a fly tyers point of view, colour, proportion, profile are  paramount in order to get the trouts attention. Often flies that are suggestive,rather than imitative can cover a broader range of potential  food,and this is where the Roughy just screams “come and get me”

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    #887344

    flylife
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    I’m thinking it’s niche would be similar to the deadly black Woolly Worm (an incredibly versatile wet) and/or Girdle Bug (one of Mark Cloutier’s early season favourites – see FL#103 – oh I forgot, it’s not on sale yet).🙂

    #887350

    DrGraham
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    Phoenix Bird, completely agree with your comment about shape and profile, or GISS (general impression of size and shape).  This fly has a typical insect shape, small head, medium thorax, large abdomen.  It looks very “buggy” – “eat me”.  I’m turning to more simple basic flies with the right GISS and I’m landing a lot more fish.

    #887351

    ronb
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    Interesting looking fly James. Was wondering what materials are used , how it is tied, and how would you go about fishing it?

     

    #887355

    Phoenix Bird
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    Ron,only two materials required.Black Chenille and Church Window feathers from a pheasant.  It would take too long to type in instructions here as there is a fair bit of technique involved.However I would be happy to verbally run through the process for anyone who wishes to private message me their phone number.

    #887356

    ronb
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    Thanks James, that is very generous of you. I will send a PM.

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    ronb
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