Peter Ross - Wet & Nymphs
Peter Ross created by Peter Ross of Perthshire.
The Peter Ross is a still water and sea trout fly that has proven to catch for many years. Originally evolved by Peter Ross of Perthshire in the nineteenth century. Peter altered the well established Teal and Red patten and evolved it into an even more deadly fly. If you are using the Teal series of flies then this is an essential fly to use. The Peter Ross has few equals when used in small sizes on the dropper at duck when duckflies are hatching in Ireland. The Peter Ross can also be used as a Perch Fry when trout are feeding on them and when sea-trout first come into a river or lough in Ireland.
Trout Wet Fly - Peter Rosswet flies like Peter Ross 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 Peter Ross 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 Peter Ross fishing techniques
a technique that has stood the test of time, where the fly (e.g. the Peter Ross) 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 Peter Ross
Peter Ross was last modified on 06/04/2021 12:06