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New YouTube Tutorials: Fly Tying with Tom Sullivan and Jackie Mahon

Published: 30th October 2023 | Author: Fulling Mill

Recently we went to Ireland to film fly fishing and fly tying videos with Signature Tyers Jackie Mahon and Tom Sullivan. First we fished for a day on Lough Arrow. Then, we spent a day at Jackie’s house using the new Fulling Mill fly tying materials and chated about some of their favorite patterns for fishing in Ireland. If you’re interested in tying history, tying techniques and a deep dive into fly pattern design, you’re going to love these.

In this video, Jackie Mahon and Tom Sullivan go for a deep dive into tying a traditional Claret Dabbler. This is a fly that is very effective on Irish Loughs like Lough Corrib, Mask, Melvin, Arrow and Sheelin. This one is tied in a size 10, but you can tie them in a range of sizes to suit wherever you’re fishing. Throughout the video, they discuss all the key features to a Dabbler, and why they choose the materials they do. Mallard or Pheasant for the tail? How many wraps of hackle at the head? These are important questions to address if you want to tie a perfect Dabbler.

In this video Jackie Mahon ties a CDC Mayfly dry pattern for fishing the Irish Lough Mayfly hatches. While this will perform well on Lough Corrib, Arrow, Mask, Sheelin and Melvin it would also be an excellent option for river mayfly as well. The blended dubbing for the body paired with the bi-color CDC for the wing make it an extremely realistic pattern. When fishing it, Jackie recommends only applying floatant to the top of the fly and the wing. That way it will sit a bit lower in the surface film and be more likely to fool picky fish.

If you’d like to purchase the materials used for either of these flies, we have them listed on our website.

To check more of our fly tying content, check out the fly tying section on our blog.

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