Listen up folks, the Morayshire grapevine’s rattling and the chat’s all about a new killer fly.
Valiantly casting aside my fair weather fishing principles in order to give you loyal readers first dibs, I donned the thermals and bombed up the A9 to find out more.
For the Cronart is a fly inspired, conceived and tested on the majestic River Findhorn.
And it’s the endearing story of two chaps, two Davids, whose paths fortuitously crossed.
David One is a local gent and Findhorn veteran. David Two is an accomplished fisher who recently upped sticks from Lancashire to the Highlands.
Quickly bonding over their mutual passion, they pooled their resources: David One’s intimate, almost scientific, knowledge of this spectacular river carving its way through rocky gorges, and David Two’s fly tying mastery.
Fuelled by local malts, it took many an evening and several prototypes before they reached their Eureka moment.
And I don’t use the E word lightly either. Between them, they caught a whopping 64 Findhorn salmon on this remarkable fly last season.
The original idea was based on the need to achieve depth quickly in the narrow, bottomless gorgy pools. With a very respectful nod to both the Willie Gun and Alastair, it’s tied on a heavy bottle depth to give it this rapid ‘sinkability’.
The tying is designed to give consistent body and shape to what is effectively a shrimp pattern. Furthermore, it’s dressed according to the month, sporting light summer attire and a heavier early season look.
Stunning as the Findhorn’s craggy landscape is, the novelty soon wears off after your fly has distintegrated having clattered off another solid rock face. So the Cronart has been designed as the Land Rover equivalent: a robust fly that takes the rough with the smooth and ploughs on in all conditions; a real discovery, if you like.
Your intrepid correspondent, unaccustomed to wintry March conditions, was forgiven a blank few hours by his hosts. Too early, too low and too cold.
Should I ever be asked back in more temperate climes, there’ll be no excuses, I’m sure.
They say the female of the species is more deadly than the male, but when it comes to killer flies, I reckon the duo of Davids has got it nailed.
At the moment they’re tying for friends only, but ask them nicely at firstname.lastname@example.org and you might just get lucky.
Until next time…….
P.S. Join Greig & Stan on Hooked UK for some opening day antics at Lake of Menteith