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Garry Dog

Garry Dog

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The Garry Dog Salmon Fly, size #4, is a classic and revered pattern that has earned its place in the fly boxes of salmon anglers worldwide. Its vibrant color scheme and proven silhouette make it an irresistible choice for many fishing conditions, especially in peat-stained or slightly turbid waters where its visibility is unmatched.

Mounted on a sturdy size #4 hook, the Garry Dog is designed to target large salmon. The hook's size ensures optimal visibility and appeal to the target species, while its sharp point guarantees a secure hook set in the tough jaws of a salmon.

The body of the Garry Dog is traditionally crafted with a bright yellow floss, creating a vivid underbody that acts as an attractant under various lighting conditions. This is often segmented with oval gold tinsel, which adds a contrasting flash and texture to the fly, mimicking the segmented bodies of aquatic insects and small fish.

The wing is a defining feature of the Garry Dog, typically composed of mixed squirrel tail or bucktail fibers in natural and dyed yellow, orange, and sometimes black. This combination creates a mottled effect that is highly suggestive of the varied hues found in baitfish. The wing is tied to sit low over the body, providing a streamlined profile that cuts through the water with ease.

At the throat of the fly, a collar of orange hackle is applied. These hackles are chosen for their ability to hold water and move enticingly with each current pulse and retrieve, simulating life and adding to the overall allure of the fly.

The head of the Garry Dog is wound with black thread, creating a neat contrast against the brighter body colors. This head is then finished with several coats of clear varnish, giving it a high-gloss finish that is durable and adds an additional point of attraction.

The Garry Dog's size #4 is particularly effective during times when salmon are known to chase after larger prey or during early and late season conditions when water temperatures are cooler, and fish are more aggressive. Its robust hook size allows for confident casting into heavy water where big fish lie, and its striking appearance makes it a go-to pattern for eliciting strikes from salmon that have grown wary of more subdued offerings.

Each Garry Dog fly is hand-tied with attention to detail, ensuring that it can withstand the rigors of casting and the violent strikes of large salmon. This pattern has stood the test of time due to its simplicity, elegance, and effectiveness—a must-have in every salmon angler's fly box.

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