By Mike Hogue and Holger Heidt

I first meet Holger Heidt via the internet. Holger ties traditional Irish flies which sounded both interesting, unique almost somewhat exotic to me. I am always interested in new flies and after exchanging several e-mails, I asked Holger if he would be interested in making a few flies for my web site. A week or so later a box appeared in the mail with a set of beautiful Irish Wet Flies which Holger tied.

Holger lives in Ireland and by trade is a freshwater ecologist and works as an environmental consultant, conducting Environmental Assessment Profiles. Holger tells me that he has been tying since he was nine ( 22 years more or less). He still has the first fly he tied which is a Greenwell's Glory framed in his study. At one time Holger tied flies commerically to pay for some of his college. I have prepared a list of the patterns he sent with the dressing he listed. A fair number of the materials listed are difficult to find here in the US, although I stock the bulk of the items listed in each pattern. If you are unable to find something, don't be afraid to sub items for something similar. In some instances, a name which we use here in the US has been added or changed to avoid confusion.

Each of the flies listed below are called Lough Wet Flies. The flies listed were originally tied for the Loughs in Western Ireland, such as Lough Corrib but they are now used in Wales, Scotland and England as well several other countries. Holger tells me that to fish these, " You usually fish with three flies on a leader and drift along known or suspected places where fish are holding. Your leader with two droppers is generally the length of the rod you're fishing with and the flies are tied to droppers about two feet apart. Cast out and retrieve the flies at various speeds 'till you hit the jackpot. Simple and traditional stuff really, nothing fancy. " Hmm....... maybe I need to plan a trip to Ireland to see exactlly how this is done. I hope you enjoy these.

Claret Bumble

Hook: Kamasan B175 Size 8-16

Thread: 6/0 Black

Tail: Golden pheasant tippets

Rib: Oval gold or wire

Body: Claret seals fur

Body Hackle: One claret and one black palmered together. You may also use Grizzly dyed Claret

Head hackle: Blue jay

 

Claret Bumble Variant

Hook: Kamasan B175 Size 8-16

Thread: 6/0 Flo Orange

Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippets dyed Hot Orange

Rib: Oval gold or wire

Body: Claret seals fur

Body Hackle: One claret and one black palmered together. You may also use Grizzly dyed Claret

Head hackle: Blue jay Cheeks: Jungle Cock

 

Kingsmill ( AKA Penguin )

Hook: Kamasan B175 Size 8-16

Thread: 6/0 Black

Tag: Blue floss Tail: Golden Pheasant Crests

Rib: Silver wire or very fine oval silver

Body: Black ostrich herl Hackle: Black cock

Wing: crow( rolled not folded) tied flat or low ( if you wish sub goose or duck quill dyed black )

Veiling: Golden Pheasant Crest tyed as a Topping Cheeks: Jungle cock

 

Golden Olive Bumble

Hook: Kamasan B175 Size 8-16

Thread: 6/0 Olive

Tail: Golden pheasant crest

Rib: Oval gold tinsel or wire

Body: Golden Olive seals fur

Body Hackle: one golden olive and one light red game cock hackle palmered

Head Hackle: Blue Jay

 

Fiery Brown Bumble

Hook: Kamasan B175 Size 8-16

Thread: 6/0 Black

Tail: red ibis or sub swan or goose shoulder dyed red

Rib: oval gold or wire

Body: Fiery Brown seals fur

Body Hackles: One fiery brown and one cock hackle dyed crimson

Head Hackle: Dark grouse

 

 

Green Peter Bumble

Hook: Kamasan B175 Size 8-16

Thread: 6/0 Brown

Tag: Fluorescent green or red floss

Rib: Oval gold

Body: medium olive seals fur

Body Hackle: Dark red game cock ( Brown dry hackle ) or you can also use a dark red game and a medium olive cock hackle wound together

Head Hackle: Grouse

Bibio

Hook: Kamasan B175 Size 8-16

Thread: 6/0 Black

Rib: Fine oval silver

Body: 3 parts black, red and black seals fur. There are variants that substitute the red seals fur for orange, claret or green seals fur

Body hackle: black cock palmered

Head Hackle: Black hen hackle

 

 

 

Thanks again to Holger Heidt for the nice flies and for his help in making these pages. If you are planning a trip to Ireland try a few of these flies. Mike


 



Email: Mike@eflytyer.com

For more Info Contact:

Mike Hogue / Badger Creek Fly Tying / 622 West Dryden Road, Freeville, NY 13068

Phone: 607-347-4946