Dark Mackerel. (2143)




The Dark Mackerel is a top-class sea-trout pattern that is at its most effective when fished in the peat-stained waters of north-west Scotland. The claret hackles and dark, bronze mallard wing combine beautifully with the red tinsel to give a subdued sparkle that would be difficult to achieve with any other range of materials. Tied with a palmered hackle and a wing set low and slim, it has the distinction of being equally effective on rivers and lakes.
Being such an effective pattern for sea-trout, it is surprising that red tinsel is used in so few other flies. The only other recognised pattern is the Red Mackerel, which has red rather than claret hackles. It is particularly effective as the river is clearing after a spate.

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