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Trout, salmon and sea trout love Gorgeous George and his relatives

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Picric Gorgeous George
Picric Gorgeous George

Jackie Mahon writes from his blog at jackiemahonfliesandguiding.com

Over the closed season Jackie Mahon will be posting a pattern per week for fishing on Irish Lough’s. This will include flies for Brown Trout, Seatrout and Salmon. This week’s tying is two variants of the Gorgeous George…

This week’s fly is another famous Irish pattern called the Gorgeous George, created by Cork angler Paul Cantillon and by using Cork fly tier Tony O’Sullivan’s unique colours, the Gorgeous George was born.

This pattern has caught a lot of fish over the years from Brown Trout, Seatrout and Salmon on Irish Loughs. It can be tied in a range of colours from Clarets to Fiery Brown and they all work. This can be fished from the start of the season to the end of the season and will constantly catch fish. I always carry a selection in my own fly box and my guiding box for my clients to try out.

On my last podcast for Ireland on the fly, I spoke to Tom “Doc” Sullivan and Daire briefly about the Gorgeous George and the range of colours it comes in. Tom mentioned how he won the Vintners competition in the deeps of Lough Mask on one of my Gorgeous George patterns.

Two versions that work quite well for me over the season are the Denis the Menace George and the Picric Olive George.

Denis the Menace George

Geogeous George - Denis the Menace
Geogeous George – Denis the Menace

Dressing for the Denis the Menace George:

– Hook: B130 size 10 Kamasan.
– Thread: Uni 8/0 Black.
– Tail: Red wool dyed by myself.
– Rib: Red Wire.
– Fritz: Red, Black UV.
– Body Hackle: Black Cock.
– Legs: Knotted Black Legs.
– Head Hackle: Black Hen.
– 2 Jungle Cock cheeks

Picric Olive George

Picric Gorgeous George
Picric Olive George

Dressing for the Picric Olive George:

– Hook: Kamasan B130 size 10.
– Thread: Red Uni 8/0.
– Butt: No 4 Globrite.
– Tail: Chartreuse Wool.
– Rib: Gold Wire.
– Dubbing: Honey Olive.
– Body Hackle: Picric Olive Light.
– Legs: Knotted Natural Pheasant.
– Front Hackle: Darker Picric Olive.
– 2 Jungle Cock cheeks

Go fishing…

You can purchase some of my patterns in the new Fulling Mills brochure for 2023 which will be out soon.

For guided fishing please do not hesitate to contact me as there are still some dates available for 2023.

Jackie Mahon Flies and Guiding

Address Barnadearg Grange Sligo F91HW68 Ireland Website: jackiemahonfliesandguiding.com

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