Description Of The Blog

Thank you for visiting our salmon fly blog. In this blog you will find lots of fly pictures, step by step's, and other pictures of fishing related stuff. We have recently launched our official website that can be found at or click on the link on the right hand side of the page.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Claret and Fiery Brown Temple dog Conehead

This is my Templedog conehead, tied in the great autumn colours of Claret and Fiery brown.

Another must have backend fly for any river.

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Hot pink Editor

This is my hot pink Editor variaton, tied on Partridge bartleet dublin point singles.

This fresh bright fly is a sure fire winner for coloured water and for spring salmon fishing.
Tied with white glo floss and pearl mylar body.
This fly has also accounted for numerous Steelhead in Canada and The US.

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Naughty girl

This is a fabulous new fly of my creation.
The naughty girl salmon fly uses sharp contrasting cerise/pink and black colours with ultraviolet materials used in the body and through the wing.
Topped off with a pearl head and jungle cock.

This highly mobile fly has already proved to be a killer pattern in testing on the river helmsdale this season, and is fast gaining poularity in Canada and The US for Both Steelhead and Pacific Salmon

A full range including copper tubes/ temple dog style and conehead versions are available only here at Salmon fly.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009

New Salar monkey collection

Here is my Salar Monkey Now available in New colours

origional yellow,Red,Blue,2tone green,Claret, and orange, or any other colour combination you want.

Thanks for taking the time to visit the Blog. If you can't find the pattern your looking for just e-mail me and I will tie it for you.
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Park shrimp Gold Salar

Here is the deadly park shrimp tied on a gold salar double
What a combination!
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Friday, 14 August 2009

Lady Amhrest

This is a Scandinavian pattern that I have developed and changed slightly.
A great looking fly and a deadly low water pattern.
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Munroe's Killer

Another of the great salmon patterns available here at Salmon fly.
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Garry dog

Another classic salmon fly and a must have for any angler
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Copper Killer salmon fly

Another must have for any serious salmon angler.
A great fly for a clearing river.
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Silver stoat salmon fly

Here is my version of another classic the silver stoat.
an absolute must for low water conditions, or for night time seatrout fishing.
I will tie these on any size of doubles or singles , and now have a fantastic holographic version too
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Stoats tail salmon fly

Here is my version of the Classic stoats tail.
I use arctic fox to give a more mobile wing, a must have for both salmon and seatrout, available on any size of double or single hook
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Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Red Editor Temple dog

This is one of my own patterns.
A temple dog version of the Editor fly dressed with a red wing instead of black.
This fly is tied on a plastic tube, and uses a pearl body with fluro green nylon rib, which really stands out in the water.
Best fished off a sink tip,or sunk line, a highly mobile fly that will produce fish all season long.
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Cascade salmon fly

The cascade is one of The most effective salmon flies ever created
Don't be without one in your box.

Available on any size of double hook or tube
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Red and Orange Cascade salmon fly

A variation on the origional fly
An absolute must have fly for any angler.
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Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Cascade Practitioner

This is a fly I have created using various parts from 2 very successful flies. The Cascade and The General Practitioner.

This fly will take fish all year round and in most water conditions.
The fly itself looks 'ok' when dry, but it looks amazing in the water, it pulses and swims enticingly.
For me this really is a 'MUST HAVE' fly for any flybox.

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Monday, 6 July 2009

Holgraphic Silver Wilkinson shrimp

Here is my variation on the hugely popular Silver Wilkinson Irish shrimp.
I have added a holographic silver angel hair body for a wee bit of sparkle, for peaty,coloured water.
This pattern is renowned as a great taker of Grilse and fresh Salmon.
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Monday, 18 May 2009

Shooting Star turbo disc.

Here is a fly of my design, based on the octopus form of turbo tubes.

This fly incorporates the softest possible materials tied on a lightwieght scandinavian tube system.
The whole fly is set of by the turbo disc at the front which creates turbulence around the fly, this brings even the softest materials to life, causing them to pulse and swim in fast or slow water.
Turbo discs also ensure that your fly always swims the right way around, from the second it hits the water, no matter how average your casting may be.

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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Bronze Mallard spey

This is another of my spey flies.
The Bronze mallard spey. It is a simple yet very effectice fly, that has a lot of movement in the water. This fly uses schlappen rather than spey hackles for a heavier dressed look for bigger water.
My Spey flies are tied on Top Quality partridge bartleet dublin point single hooks.
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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Second Edition Salmon fly

Here is a Spey fly of my creation.
This is the type of fly you could put in a frame on the wall, but it's even better to put on your cast and fish with.
The fly is designed to be highly mobile and uses the finest spey hackles.
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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Commet Tube variation

This is a variation on the comet tube fly
it uses a 3 colour fully wrapped wing to give a lovely blended coloured wing when in the water.
This fly is available on any type or size of tube from 1/2 inch plastc to 3 inch brass and everything in between (also avalaible on tungsten tubes 1/4 inch 1/2 inch and 1 inch)
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Gold bodied willie gunn (Tungsten Conehead)

This is my Gold willie Gunn tied on a 1 inch plastic tube with a Tungsten conehead.
This classic fly produces fish all over the uk and the rest of the world.
Why not add this modern take on a classic fly to your collection.
Available any size from 1-3 inches, with small/medium/ large tungsten cones in varying colours to suit your needs.
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Monday, 20 April 2009

All Black Shrimp salmon fly

This is another of my own patterns.
The All Black shrimp is designed for low clear water or for use in low light conditions.
In the smaller sizes it's ideal for seatrout, The larger sizes are perfect for Salmon in late spring and early summer.
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Glenfarclas shrimp Variation

This is my variation on the Glenfarclas hairwing fly.This fly is sparsley dressed and ideal for lower clear water. Available here at the Salmon Fly Blog dressed on any size of double. To order this or anyu of my flies please e-mail me at

Tarantula salmon fly

This is one of my own patterns,
It is a large spider pattern designed for salmon.
It uses a stiff underwing to give support to the mobile hackle materials.
The fly has a holograpgic silver body which glints enticingly from under the hackles.
This fly swims and pulses in the water when a little movement is imparted to your line.
Ideal for clear or low water when fish are wary of big bright flies.
Available here on the Salmon Fly blog, dressed on any size of hook. (

Saturday, 18 April 2009

The Editor Salmon Fly

Here is my variation on the ever popular Editor Salmon fly.
I have changed the body material from the origional pearl tinsel over white thread, to holographic silver tinsel.
The fluo rib on this fly really makes it come alive and shine in the water.
An absolute must have fly for any salmon angler.
Available here at Salmon fly. To order please e-mail me at


Thursday, 9 April 2009

Dee Monkey Salar double Salmon fly

Here is my Dee monkey tied on a silver salar double.
The underwing uses cock hackles for support with schlappen and fox over the top for mobility, then the goat hair wing and some flash.
The underwing prevents the tail from wrapping round the hook when casting.

This fly is available from the blog, and is more productive in the bigger sizes. But I will tie it on any size /colour you may need.
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Friday, 3 April 2009

Sunray shadows

Well it's getting to to the time of the year where the water warms up a little and fish will move that wee bit further to take your fly.
Here are some sunrays that will get their attention.

They are available in a huge range of colours to suit different conditions

For best rsults fish them off a full floater or float sink tip, casting them square and stripping them across the water on the surface. Be prepared for vicious takes.
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Thursday, 2 April 2009

Baxter's babe Salmon fly

This is the baxters babe fly made famous in the last few seasons on the river Helmsdale.
It's a great fly for late spring through to the backend. The tungsten conehead allows the small slim profiled fly to cut down through the water and get to fish that are lying that wee bit deeper.
This fly works especially well on spate rivers.( available in any colours)
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Arctic Flamethrower Pig salmon fly

This is my Arctic Flamethrower pig which uses combinations from some highly succesfull fly patterns. It uses the most mobile of materials tyed in the flamethrower style to prevent wrapping when casting!
This is a great fly for fresh fish.
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Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Park Shrimp Ayrshire variant.

This is my Ayrshire variation of the highly succesful park shrimp.
The main variation is the use of red instead of orange in the tail and hackles, and the use of fox instead of runner, to bulk up the profile, for darker water
This fly is available like all my patterns on any size or colour of salar hook.
They can also be purchased in tube or conehead form.
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Ally's shrimp Tungsten micro cone

This is a great version of the world famous ally's shrimp.
I tie this version on plastic tubes and finnish it off with a tungsten conehead, which coupled with the ally's long tail allows for great movement in the water.
Fish it off a full floater or a float/ sink tip combo for best results.
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Stewarton shrimp salmon fly

This is one of my own flies, that I designed with Ayrshire rivers in mind.
Red is the most productive colour for Ayrshire rivers, and the use of gold hooks adds to the attraction . It is tied on a high quality vmc gold low water double which gives the fly a great profile.

Polar Extreme pot bellied pig

I thought I would get the ball rolling with one of my favourite patterns, The Polar Extreme Pig.
My step by step tying instruction for the fly has appeared on a previous blog post, but for those of you without the time to tie your own here they are for sale.
The flies are available on any size or colour( black ,silver, gold) and on any tube type for different conditions and times of the season. The flies shown are the black/yellow and hot orange version which are great from spring right through to the end of the season.
These flies are available in any colour combination you would like. my favourites are.
Black/yellow and hot orange
purple/blue, but as I said I will tie them in any colour and size you want.

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Hi Everyone.
My name is David Ballingall and I am a very keen salmon angler and fly tyer, based in Ayrshire.
Martin has very kindly allowed me to join his blog, so along with Martin and Paul I will be tying and posting Flies for sale on the blog.
I only use the best quality materials in all my flies and take time with my tying to ensure my flies are of the highest quality.
I will regularly update the blog with new flies, as well as popular old favourites.
If you have a pattern in mind that doesn't appear on the blog, just let us know and we will tie it up for you.
I use partidge salar hooks for all my flies, but I can use other hooks on request.
I would just like to take this chance to thank Martin and Paul for letting me join the Blog.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Salmon Fly - The Allys Cascade and Munro Killer

The Cascade is a great taker of salmon and one of my favourite patterns. I have tied this on a single with the new C&R emphasis on Irish rivers.

The Munro killer is just as popular and as deadly as the Cascade. Although not a new pattern i have fished it very few times. I gave this old classic a modern twist by putting it on a gold salar and flash in the wing. I also tie this fly in a cascade style, pictures of which i'll add soon.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Irish Shirmp Lemon or Yellow Shrimp

Here is a step by step for this spring pattern. It is widely used on the Spring rivers of Ireland and its a pattern ive had great success with myself. I use it right from opening day through to August in all water conditions and sizes.

The Materials you will need are:
Hook - To suit conditions or personal choice

Tag - Silver Oval Large on the bigger sizes right through to small on sizes like Size 16

Tail - Golden Pheasnat Red breast Feather

Rib - Silver Oval I use a size smaller than then tag.

Rear Body - Yellow Seals Fur or Floss

Middle hackle - Yellow Cock The shade of yellow is important it muct match the colour of the rear body.

Front Body - Black Seals Fur or Floss
Front Hackle - Silver or Cream Badger.
Jungle Cock - Optional
Head - red
I prefer the cream and floss version of the fly in the small verison size 12 to 16 for low water in summer.
Tie in tag

Then select your Tail Feather From the Golden Phesant. The fibres should be about the length of the hook. Tie in tip first doubling the fibres over and turn 3 times
With the tag and tail done we look to the rear half of the body. Catch in your silver rib dub on your yellow seals fur body and run it to about half way on the hook shank. Give the silver rib 4 turns and tie off. You can pluck out the seals fur to give a bushier dumpier fly. This often works better in the cold waters of the spring. For the summer i tie them with floss bodies.
Select a yellow cock feather for the middle hackle. The fibres should reach or slightly extend past the barb of the hook. Tie in tip first and double as per the tail. Give 3 full turns and tie off.

For the Front body repeat the process as per the rear body except with black seals fur and only turn in 3 times.
Now select 2 Jungle cock eyes of you liking and tie it at head of fly in a V shape facing away

Now Select a badger feather for the front hackle. The fibres should extend to about half way along the middle hackle fibres. Again personal preference. Form a neat head tie off and varnish 3 times.

On a silver salar