Videos by Davie Mcphail

Feather Winged Comparadun

Materials Used;

Hook, Kamasan B170 size 14
Thread, Uni-8/0 Dark Brown
Tail, Natural Brown Cock Fibres
Body, Dye Olive Peacock Quill
Wing, Roe Deer and Hen Pheasant Quill
Thorax, Natural Rabbit and Red Fox Squirrel Dubbing Mixed..

Davie's Toe

Materials Used;

Hook, Kamasan B160 size 12
Thread, Red Uni-8/0
Tail, Dyed Red Cock Fibres
Tag, Red Thread
Rib. Silver Wire
Body, Plain or Holographic Silver Tinsel
Body Hackle, Dyed Black Hen or Cock
Front Hackle, Blue Peacock Neck Feather

Purple Mantis Shrimp

Materials Used;

Copper Tube
Thread, Red Uni-8/0
Tag, Oval Gold Tinsel
Feelers, Dyed Black Pig Bristle and Dyed Red Golden Pheasant Breast
Rib, Oval Gold Tinsel
Body, Michael Frodin Alta Gold and Rainbow Black Dubbing
Body Hackle, Hot Orange Cock
Wing, Orange and Yellow Bucktail
First Hackle, Dyed Black Golden Pheasant Breast
Front Hackle, Purple Chinese Cock
Cheeks, Jungle Cock
Head, Gold Tinsel...

Green Peter Muddler Variant

Materials Used;

Hook, Kamasan B160 size 10
Thread, Uni-8/0 Olive
Rib, Oval Glod Tinsel
Tag, Sunburst and Flame Seals fur Mixed
Body, Olive Seals Fur
Body Hackle, Grizzle dyed Olive
Wings, Dyed Golden Olve and Natural Hen Pheasant Quill
Cheeks, Dyed Hot Orange Goose Biots
Horns, Dyed Olive Mallard Flank
Head and Collar, Dyed Olive Roe Deer

John Storey Dry Fly

Materials Used;

Hook, Size 18
Thread, Sheer 14/0 Black
Body, Peacock Herl
Hackle, Natural Red or Ginger Cock
Wing, Mallard Body/Flank

WILLIAM Arthur Storey, who has died at the age of 93, was a third generation North Yorkshire riverkeeper of national reputation.

He spent his working life tending the River Rye for the historic Ryedale Angling Club, which still flourishes today. Visitors to his little cottage in Helmsley, on the banks of the Rye, could hardly miss it owing to the brass grayling adorning the front door, which Arthurhad made himself during the Second World War from a shell casing.

Arthur Storey’s name and love of fly fishing will be forever associated with the John Storey fly, named after his grandfather, who devised the original pattern.

With its peacock-over-wool body, grey mallard breast feather wing and reddish-brown hackle, the John Storey began life as a wet fly in the early 19th century. By around 1914 it had evolved into a highly effective general purpose dry pattern.

Arthur’s father, Walter, dispensed with the wool underbody (originally included to waterlog and help sink the fly), tied its wing upright, and added a Rhode Island Red cock hackle.

Arthur Storey’s own contribution came in 1935, when he changed the angle of the wing so it sloped forward of the hook eye. This, he freely admitted, was by default, as he struggled to form the original upright wing. The John Storey has been thus tied ever since; however Arthur occasionally substituted the Rhode Island Red hackle for a ginger one, which he claimed was highly attractive to grayling.

Although not intended to imitate anything in particular, Arthur’s variant of the John Storey has remained a highly effective general pattern, proving its worth on both northern trout rivers and southern chalkstreams. Many members of the Ryedale Anglers’ Club still swear by it today, while Arthur Oglesby, one of our greatest game anglers, once used it exclusively throughout one particular trout season with great success.

To the very end of his long life, he remained proud of the fact that, in the late 1970s, T. Donald Overfield had consulted him while researching his book Fifty Favourite Dry Flies, published in 1980. Arthur treated Overfield to a perfect demonstration of the John Storey’s effectiveness by catching a wild brown trout on the Rye behind his cottage garden from under a hawthorn bush that still exists today. Donald Overfield’s beautiful illustrations of the fly’s evolution, framed and sent to Arthur in gratitude, took pride of place on his living room wall.

Beyond Fifty Favourite Dry Flies, Arthur and the John Storey have been featured in a number of well-known books and periodicals on fly fishing and fly tying. These include John Roberts’ New Illustrated Dictionary of Trout Flies (1986), Taff Price’s Fly Patterns: An International Guide (1986), R. C. Dales’ Fly Fishing in Herriot Country (2005), and a recent article by Dales and Arthur’s daughter Anne Nightingale in the December 2012 issue of Waterlog journal. Roberts in particular had good cause to respect the John Storey – it was the first dry fly on which he landed a river brown trout.

Beloved husband of the late Nancy, Arthur is survived by his daughters, Anne and June, and their families, to whom Arthur was a much loved dad, and granddad to Will and Hannah.

Big Red Hopper (Midas Variant)

The Original Midas Fly was tyed by Paul Davison @

Materials Used;

Hook, Kamasan B170 size 10
Thread, Red Uni-8/0
Rib, Small Red Holographic
Legs, Knotted Pheasant Tail
Hackle, Natural Brown or Ginger Cock
Thorax, Gold Lite-Brite

Red Holographic Diawl Bach

Materials Used...

Hook, Kamasan B175 size 10
Thread, Uni-8/0 Black
Tail, Natural Brown Cock Fibres
Rib, Small Red Holographic Tinsel
Body, Natural or Dyed Black Peacock Herl
Throat, Natural Brown Cock or Hen Fibres
Wing Buds, Dyed Hot Orange Goose Biots..
Head, Red Holographic Tinsel

Soft Hackle Kate Snatcher

Materials Used;

Hook, Gamakatsu Buzzer Light size 12
Threads, UTC Flo-Green and Uni-8/0 Black
Tag, UTC 70 Flo-Green
Rib, Silver Wire
Body, Mixed Rabbit and Seals Fur dyed Black
Body Hackle, Chinese or Indian Hen dyed Black
Front Hackle, Natural Brown Hen
Eyes/Wing Buds, Jungle Cock

BB Cascade

Materials Used;

Threads, Uni-8/0 Fire Orange and Black
Tube, Sean Stanton Signature 14mm
Tag, Fl Chartreuse Diamond Brite or Glister
Back Hackle, Yellow and Orange Hen or Cock
Tail, Veniards Orange Mirror Flash
Rib, Gold or Silver Oval Tinsel
Body, Black Glister or Flash Mixed with a Black Dubbing
Front Hackle, Black Hen or Cock
Eyes, Jungle Cock Optional

CDC Spinner

Materials used;

Hook, Size 16 Partridge SLD Patriot Dry Fly
Thread, Uni-8/0 Light Cahill
Tail, Light Yellow Microfibets or Hackle Fibres
Rib, Cahill Thread Coloured with Amber Pen
Thorax, Tan and Orange Dubbing
Wing, Natural or White CDC

Greenwells Glory

Materials Used;
Hook, Size 14 Kamasan B170
Thread, Pearsalls Gossamer Primrose Yellow
Rib, Fine Gold Wire
Body, Waxed Pearsalls Gossamer Primrose Yellow
Wing, Starling
Hackle Greenwells or Furnace Hen

Detached Bodied Hawthorn Hog

Materials Used;

Hook, Kamasan B160 size 12
Thread Uni-8/0 Black
Body, Wapsi HD Black Foam
Legs, Dyed Black Pre-Knotted Pheasant Tail Legs
Under-Wing, Pearl Krystal Flash
Thorax, A mix of dyed black SLF and Seals Fur
Wing, White and dyed Black Deer Hair

Transformer Midge

This is a great all-round dry fly pattern which will represent a Hawthorn, Gnat and Adult Midge..It is worth tying in a smaller size as well and instead of CDC as the wing a pearly flash can be used...

Materials Used;

Hook, Kamasan B160 size 14
Thread, Uni-8/0 Black
Body, Small or Micro Black Suede Chenille
Legs, Pre-Knotted Black Pheasant Tail
Wing, Natural CDC Feathers
Thorax, Dyed Black Peacock Herl
Hackle, Grizzle Cock

Freestyle Spey Fly

Materials Used;
Hook, Size 2 Blue Heron or Similar
Thread, Uni-8/0 Black
Ribs, UTC Mirage and Oval Silver Tinsel
Body, Chartreuse and Black Wool
Body, Hackle, White Eared Pheasant Dip Dyed Chartreuse, Sunburst and Red
Throat Hackle, Dyed Chartreuse Mallard Flank
Wing, Bronze Mallard

Pheasant Tail Midge Pupa

Materials Used;
Hook, Size 14
Thread, Uni-8/0 Dark Brown
Rib, Pearl Thread or Tinsel
Body, Pheasant Tail
Wingbuds, Goose Biots dyed Sunburst
Thorax, Natural Rabbit, Red Fox Squirrel and Orange Lite-Brite
Breather/Gills. Go-Brite Yarn No.16


Metallica Salmon Fly designed by Mr. Petur Steingrimsson at Big Laxa in Iceland, designed whilst he was listing to a song by Metallica, on state radio Mr. Petur Steingrimsson is over 80 years old and had been a guide on the Laxa for over 60 years

Materials Used;
Hook, Size 6 Double
Thread, Black Uni-8/0
Tag, Oval Silver Tinsel
Tail, Dyed Black Squirrel or Arctic Runner
Body, Hot Green Uni-Floss and Silver Tinsel
Rib, Silver Oval Tinsel or Wire
Wing, Dyed Black Squirrel or Arctic Runner
Hackle, Dyed Black Hen
Front Hackle, Dyed Red Claret Cock or Hen Fibres Top and Bottom
Head, Hot Green Uni-Floss and Black Thread..

Blushing Buzzer

Materials Used;

Hook, Fulling Mill Sper Grub size 12
Thread, Uni-8/0 Black
Body, Uni-Mylar Clear Number 14
Wingbuds, Glo-Brite Floss Number 8
Thorax, Peacock Herl
Hackle, Indian or Chinese Cock or Hen

Tying a Blea & Black Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

Materials Used;Hook, Kamasan B170 size 14Thread, Uni-8/0 BlackTail, Golden Pheasant Tipper/CollarRib, Silver TinselHackle, Black HenWing, Grey Mallard QuiMaterials Used;

Hook, Kamasan B170 size 14
Thread, Uni-8/0 Black
Tail, Golden Pheasant Tipper/Collar
Rib, Silver Tinsel
Hackle, Black Hen
Wing, Grey Mallard Quillll

Bomber Salmon Dry Fly

Materials Used;
Hook, Partridge CS42 size 6
Thread, Black
Tail, White Calf
Body, Natural or dyed Grey Deer Hair
Body Hackle, Natural or Dyed Brown Cock Hackle
Wing, White Calf

Bob's Bits Bibio Emerger

Materials Used;

Hook, Kamasan B170 size 12
Thread, Uni-8/0 Black
Rib, Pearl Thread or Flash
Body, Dyed Black Seals Fur or Sub
Legs, Dyed Black and Red Pre-Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres
Loop Wing, 3 Natural Cul de Cunard Feathers
Thorax, Dyed Red and Black Seals fur or Sub

Thunder & Lightning Streamer

Materials Used;

Hook, Carrie Stevens
Thread, Black
Rib, Gold Tinsel
Body, Black Floss
Throat, Orange Bucktail and Dyed Golden Pheasant Crest Hot Orange
Underwing, Golden Pheasant crest dyed Yellow
Wing, Dyed Yellow and Hot Orange Cock Rooster Cock
Throat, Dyed Blue Guinea Fowl
Sides, Bronze Mallard Feathers
Eyes, Jungle Cock

Duckfly Hog Hopper

Materials Used;
Hook, Kamasan B160 size 12
Thread, Uni 8/0 Black or Similar
Body, Natural Peacock Quill
Thorax, Mixe Hot Orange and Red Seals Fur or Sub
Wing, Light Coloured Deer Hair and CDC
Legs, Dyed and Knotted Cock Pheasant Tail Fibres
Hackle Dyed Black Cock

Super Midge Pupa

Materials Used;
Hook, Kamasan B110 size 10
Thread, Danvilles Fly Master 6/0 Black
Rib, Stripped Natural Peacock Quill
Back, Small or Medium UTC Opal Mirage Tinsel
Body, Black Thread and Accent Red Krystal Flash
Wingbuds, Edge-Bright Flo-Orange
Breathers, White Floss