Duncan Egan ties his hot salmon fly, the Flamethrower.

Fed up with Ally’s Shrimps? Flamethrowers have completely replaced Ally’s in my fly box. My general purpose salmon fly and has worked well. Over the past few years Flamethrowers have accounted for 40 fish to my rod ,and the flies I’ve supplied to a few friends and gillies have landed more than 200 fish from all the well known Scottish salmon rivers.

The basic design is simple – a few long cock hackles, a bit of bucktail and a simple body. And, because I like them, a couple of jungle cock cheeks and a pearl head. Tying is not difficult, although the style might take a little getting used to.

The fairly heavy glossy hackles surround a bright silver hook and a short gleaming silver body. The hackles breathe and pulse in water, opening to give glimpses of the flashing hook and body. As it swings round in the current it flickers like a little flame – to me anyway – hence the name.

I fish Flamethrowers throughout the year, in larger sizes when the water is cold, smaller when it warms. In really cold water or if the water is coloured, I switch to the yellow version. And if the orange fails and I’m sure fish are in the water I switch to the red version.

Variations:
Red Flamethrower

As above except:
Rear hackle: Red cock.
Wing: Red bucktail under three strands of pearl Mirage Accent.
Front hackles: Red cock then yellow cock.

Yellow Flamethrower
As above except:
Rear hackle: Yellow cock.
Wing: Yellow bucktail under three strands of pearl Mirage Accent.
Front hackles: Yellow cock then hot orange cock.