Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: 6/0 white
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Rear Collar: Yellow hackle wrapped (yellow macaw used here)
Butt: Black ostrich herl
Body: 2 equal sections of black and yellow floss
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Collar: Black hackle
Belly: White bucktail and a golden pheasant crest sweeping upwards
Wing: Yellow hackle flanked by red flanked by blue hackle flanked by a slip of bustard
Topping: Peacock herl and golden pheasant crest
Eye: Jungle cock
Notes: Without a doubt, the Jock Scott is the most famous of the classic salmon flies. Mr. John “Jock” Scott (1817-1893), was a sportsman and ghillie from Scotland. He developed the fly to lure salmon for his own use, but shared the pattern with Mr. Forrest of Kelso. When Kelso tested the fly on the Tweed, he found it to be rather successful and christened the fly with the originator’s name. The pattern was also given to George Kelson who immortalized the pattern in his book The Salmon Fly. Davie has done an excellent job maintaining the original spirit of the Jock Scott in this streamer conversion.
The July streamers will be put up for auction on Sunday August 5th.
The Jock Scott, a “built-wing” fly, is easily identified by its two part body of yellow and black silk floss with Toucan feathers veiling the posterior section and black hackle over the anterior section. The Jock Scott’s beauty is only surpassed by its ability to take Salmon on rivers through the world.
Davie McPhail – I live in the south west of Scotland where I grew up, the best known rivers in the area are the Stinchar, the Nith, Girvan and the river Doon where I was a ghillie. I didn’t really start fly fishing until I was twenty just after I got married my fly tying started at much the same time. When I was learning to cast I lost many a fly up a tree and broke the hook of the fly on stones on my back cast so learning to tye flies was at first to compensate for this but as I got into the tying and catching fish with the flies that I tyed I found it as much fun as fishing . 29 years on I’m just as enthusiastic about tying flies and fly-fishing as I was then.
You can watch Davie tying on his Youtube page.
[visit Davie’s streamer page]