Griff’s Perth Gold - A PDAA Salmon Fly
By Neil Wilson
Conceived as an early season pattern for the Tay, this fly was developed for PDAA by fly tier Paul Griffin during a quiet spell at the 2015 Scottish Game Fair.
The PDAA stand was across the way from the Game Angling Instructors Association stand where Paul was doing fly tying demos. The weather on Saturday was miserable, so member John Cook wandered across to the GAIA tent and started chatting with Paul. John had originally wanted some Gold-Bodied Willie Gunns tied, but Paul started improvising and after a while settled on a new pattern, which he named Griff’s Perth Gold.
On the fly's first outing at Upper Delvine, it accounted for a fine 3½-pound sea trout.
For those who prefer to tie their own flies, here is the dressing:
Hook: Single or double size 6, 8 or10; tubes 1” to 2"
Tail: Golden pheasant topping
Tag: Gold oval tinsel
Body: Double layer gold holographic tinsel
Rib: Black holographic tinsel
Throat hackle: Squirrel tail dyed blue, tied beard style
Under wing: 2 strands of hot orange mirage accent, should be silhouetted by the wing when looking up.
Wing :Hot orange bucktail sparsely overlaid with black bucktail
Over wing: 2 strands each of hot orange and yellow fluorescent fibre
Head: Black, but claret also looks good