In this section, amongst others, you will find the ubiquitous blueflashdamsel, a fly Tony devised in the late 1990s.


You can also find more damsels, bloodworms, buzzers, grhes, montanas, ptns corixas, shimps and more.



The most successful pattern not just on the Albury Estate Fisheries, but judging by general catch return info, seemingly across many of the lake fisheries of Southern England. This pattern was developed from a long tailed black woolly bugger, with the help of Mario Ferris from Wallington, Surrey.


It’s success combines profile, colour, weight, flash and size to be the perfect meal deal for a stillwater trout.


With an additional pattern in olive livery, and stepping down in sizes to a size 10 standard shank, it has become the default pattern for all the Albury waters.


Now tied in olive or black/blue in three sizes, with a traditional wet version also scoring well in a wave, or, high in the water on small stillwaters, and an excellent choice for anglers not comfortable with using a goldheaded pattern

more damsels



When buzzers lay their eggs these eventually hatch as bloodworms.

glass buzzers


A simple but very effective pattern, several coats of varnish make these buzzers super smooth with a quick sink rate

more buzzers


diawl bach

Translated from Welsh, meaning 'Little Devil', this fly appears to be a winged wet, with no wing! Extremely successful pattern, especially on the larger waters when fished on a team.

 gold ribbed hare’s ear - grhe



If I was to choose one fly above all others as an all rounder, it would be the grhe, the gold ribbed hare's ear, to give it the full title.


A bit of a mouthful to say, but the trout absolutely love 'em, and tied well, they should be at their best as if resembling something pulled through a hedge backwards.


When the tying process is completed, the fly is then brushed, to allow the straggly fibres to stick out at funny angles, suggesting the action of a hatching fly.

Even more hares ears, these are a little more garish, straying from the original, but each worthy of their place in the fly box.

montana nymph

The default nymph in the 1980s, a bead was added for life in the 1990s and it just carried on catching. The olive and mayfly variants are especially useful for summer sport.

pheasant tailed nymph - PTNs

Frank Sawyer tied the originals at Netheravon, many variants of this pattern have evolved to cover most situations.


A chief food item for trout, especially riverine fish. Next time you get a chance to sift through a piece of water weed, especially ranunculus or watercress, just see how many shrimps (gammarus) drop out!


Again, a number of variants of this pattern, as this nymph lives surrounded by a bubble of air, the silver/pearlised body is always a good way to represent this.........

shortshank redemption

Working on the principle that fish will often 'come short', this range of flies will see a hook up even when takes are just tentative

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