Mastering The Monkey

Following last week’s interesting demonstration by Ali Hutchens, the subject for Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying class this week (Thursday, March 15) will be the Monkey - a fly that most salmon anglers will always have in their box. Mike Campbell will lead the dressing of this fly which can be tied on a variety of tubes - from plastic and aluminium through to bottle and copper if weight is needed. Materials include Arctic fox fur, black shadow fox fur, black goat, peacock herl, soft hackles in colours such as yellow and orange, and jungle cock.

David Mateer will return next week (March 22) to demonstrate the tying of two top trout flies - the pheasant tail nymph and the half hog. See the earlier post for detailed dressings. The final class, on March 29, will include the tying of the pot belly pig. 

The final class will also see the judging of the centenary fly competition. Entries should be placed in an envelope with the tyer’s name and passed to vice president Alex Elliott by Thursday, March 22. Each entry will be given a number and names will only be revealed when Mike Campbell and Alan Scott complete the judging. Two vouchers of £20, donated by Bill Byers and David Dyce, will be awarded to the successful entrants.

Magic: The Monkey

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