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Dunkeld - Wet & Nymphs


The Dunkeld is a firm favorite of the reservoir angler, originally the fly demanded cheeks of Jungle Cock but this is now omitted. The Dunkeld pattern is a great attractor pattern for brown trout when orange buzzers are hatching and in late June when perch fry abound and the trout are feeding on the perch fry. The Dunkeld is also used regularly for salmon and sea-trout in rivers in peat sained water after a spate. Tip: if tying Dunkeld yourself then when fishing for salmon a slip of red swan is often set inside of the bronze mallard wing.

Trout Wet Fly - Dunkeld

wet flies like Dunkeld are are range of flies that imitate larva, pupa, drowned adults and Lures

The trout finds most of its food beneath the surface of the water, sometimes by grubbing around the weed-beds, at other times by rising in water to take nymphs and pupae on their way to the surface

The wet flies which include Dunkeld fall into various categories: larval and pupal forms of various aquatic insects; drowned adults or even swamped stillborn flies; and drowned terrestrials such as beetles. Many do not represent anything in nature, but are classed as attractor flies or lures, designed to tempt the fish to take out of curiosity. A number of the silver-bodied flies can emulate small fry or minnows. Most of the dry flies have a wet-fly equivalents. The use of heavier hooks, softer hen hackles instead of cock, and in the case of winged flies a backward-sloping wing, changes the dry fly into a wet one which sinks below the sufrace of the water. Cock hackles are used for these patterns but they are taken from the very young bird where the individual fibres are very soft.

There are two main areas of wet-fly fishing. Firstly, there are the wild rain-fed rivers and streams where it is difficult to see a fish rise let alone see a minute dry fly on the surface. On such waters, wet flies are used almost exclusively upstream and down, as necessity or terrain dictates. The second main area of wet-fly fishing is on atill waters like lakes, lochs and reservoirs, where the angler uses a team of wet flies just below the surface.

On wild streams while searching for the natural Brownie, soft-hackled wet flies like the Partridge and Orange, the Snipe and Purple, the Black Spider, a wet Coch-y-Bonddu, and many others are used.

'When do you fish a wet fly, and when a dry?'

Always fish a dry-fly pattern when you see a trout rising during a hatch of natural insects. However, when the trout refuses to rise to a dry fly, fishing just below the surface with a wet fly can often work. When no activity is obvious, it is a case for the wet fly, pure and simple.

The soft, game-bird hackles of many wet flies have the necessary mobility in the water. They pulsate and 'kick' in the current, attracting the fish by their very movement. They look alive and edible; the two key properties for a successful fly.

Wet Fly Dunkeld fishing techniques

a technique that has stood the test of time, where the fly (e.g. the Dunkeld) is fished sub-surface and is retrieved slowly using a 'Figure-of-Eight' manipulation of the line in the hand. A floating or intermediate line can be used to retrieve the Dunkeld

Dunkeld lure or Dunkeld streamer

The Dunkeld is a type of lure or streamer fly. Streamers or lures fall into two categories, imitator streamers or attractor streamers. The Black, Olive, Natural and White Woolly Buggers Zonker are imitator streamers. An imitator streamer represenst a specific type of food, which is preyed upon by the trout, typically a small fish for example. As Trout are territorial and they will defend their territory against invading fish the fly-fishermen can use this knowledge to their advantage. Using an imitator streamer a trout can be fooled into attacking what he thinks is fry invading its territory. The alternative to an imitator fly is an attractor fly or as some fishermen call them 'piss them off fly'. A brightly coloured attractor fly is retrieved past the nose of a large brown trout or rainbow in hiding can excite a trout into striking if it thinks its feeding territory is under attack stimulating a big hit. Sometimes Trout will strike out of simple curiosity just to see if it is edible even though it does not look like their normal food. Sometimes bright, flashy flies drive them crazy or just annoy them. Some for example a Red Zonkers are attractors streamer fly patterns, these are not designed to represent a particular baitfish but to excite a predatory trout into striking using brightly colored and reflective materials in their design.

Dunkeld - Fly Tying Dressing

For the more adventurous among you we have provided tying specifications for the Dunkeld. Remember at The Essential Fly we sell the Dunkeld at incredible prices with a top quality fly and service to back it up. It is certainly worth tying the Dunkeld yourself to understand the pleasure of catching a fish with your own tied fly, however at the price we sell flies it is only worth tying one or two Dunkeld as your can spend more time fishing instead of tying flies - buy volume online with us.

Hook Sizes

8 to 12

Silk Thread

Black or Orange


Golden Pheasant Crest


Flat gold tinsel


Oval gold rib tinsel


Palmered orange cock


Bronze Mallard with optional Jungle cock cheeks


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Great Fly
Sunday, 19 July 2015  | 

Caught a 3lb+ Dollachan ( Lough Neagh Trout ) within 15 minutes of using this fly.

recent order combined
Thursday, 29 August 2013  | 

all products are top quality, and good after sales service. will be ordering again in the near future

1st class tyings great value for money
Tuesday, 14 October 2008  | 

service 1st class in all areas.

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