The Sedge Fly

by Jonathan

This pattern sits better in the water and either static or moving it does behave like a sedge. I even found that when it was gunged up with slime and sunk it still caught fish. I suggest you tie some up in 10s and 12s and and keep them ready in your fly box. I only wish I had some of these when I went to New Zealand earlier this year.

The deer hair patterns are more complicated to tie and create a mess when you trim them up and I feel are less effective.

The Dressing

  • Hook                Lt. wt. L/S 8,10,12,14. (kamasan 830.)
  • Thread              Brown.
  • Hackle              Blue Dun/ Red Game. Trim off the all the hackle fibres projecting downwards.
  • Body                Cream dubbing ( possum under fur) tied meaty.
  • Thorax            Cream Antron(optional).
  • Wing                 Cream antron ( I use Partons dapping floss.) 
  • Flotant             Mucilin or similar


Dave C. and the Team

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

David Cammiss February 18, 2009 at 9:56 am

Hi Fly fisherman
Thanks for your comments. I get the feeling that when you get that flytying kit you are going to be one very busy young man.
The bloody butcher is a traditional fly, particularly for seatrout. The original dressing states a wing using the ‘blues’ off a mallard wing. These are not very easy to tie in properly and I feel not worth the frustration. I have had success using fine black hair as the wing.
Dressing if you need it
Tail red hackle fibres
Body silver lurex (or holographic)
Rib silver wire
Wing black hair (stoat/dyed squirrel)
Hackle Bearded red hen/cock hackle fibres
Hook wet fly 10/12
Tying silk black

Always here if you need help
Happy Fishing
Dave C.and the Team

fly fisherman February 17, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Hi dave

I am 11 and i have learned some of the basics on fly tying from my cousin. I have also just ordered a new fly tying kit from the glasgow angling centre and i should be getting it soon.

I think that your videos are exelent and wil help me a lot when i get my kit.

I also hope that you will folow up on that idea for a dvd, i would deffinetly buy it!!

Thanks for all the efort you and your team have put into making thease videos.

P.S my dad likes fishing and says that the bloody butcher is a very good fly localy. Do you think you could make a video about the bloody butcher?

matt February 17, 2009 at 12:38 am

thank you so much dave, im pleased to announce that all of your flies have caught many fish for me, thnk you again and i hope you make more videos soon!


steve stranks January 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm

thanks a lot for the efforts in making these videos, i have just started fly tying and have found them invaluable and great fun to watch.

topflyman January 26, 2009 at 10:31 am

Hi d swider
Thanks for your comment
Stillwater black buzzer/bloodworm………….I can fish it deep, nice and slow.
River small gold hares ear……………….It catches fish
Happy Fishing
Dave Cand the Team

d swider January 25, 2009 at 10:06 pm


Thanks for the lessons I learned alot. I have a question: Whats your favorite fly & why?

topflyman December 21, 2008 at 11:31 am

Hi Dennis,
Thanks for your comments on our website. We do try to keep it simple. I can assure you that the changes in the last 60 yrs. when I started are even more incredible. No vices, no bobbin holders and very basic materials. Daft as it may seem some of the patterns I tied then are just as effective today on the rivers. In those far off days a 2lb. trout was headlines in England.
We are putting things together with a view to doing a DVD. It is just down to time and money.
Happy Fishing
DaveC.and the Team

topflyman December 21, 2008 at 11:22 am

Hi Stefan
Thank You for your comments on our website. Any time you need info. just e-mail me and we will see what we can do.
Happy Fishing
From DaveC.and the Team

Stefan December 18, 2008 at 6:42 pm

hi Dave,
im from austria and my english is not very good. i started flytying last year and your videos helped me so much. i’ve never seen better flytying videos on the web.
thank you very much!
greetings from austria

Dennis Hunt December 15, 2008 at 7:54 pm


Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge. I tied my first fly 35 years ago, and have just got back into it again and how things have changed.

Thanks again and keep up the good work, are you going to put these out on DVD? One of the best sites on the internet!

topflyman December 1, 2008 at 9:58 am

Hi John
Thanks for your comments. Good to know that we have been able to help you along the way. There will be more on the way.
Happy Fishing
DaveCand the Team

John Moses November 29, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Hi David, I`d just like to say thank you very much for all the videos. I am new to fly tying and I have found them very informative and easy to follow. I have worked my way through from Beginners lesson 1 right up to date and have even mastered the double half hitch. So thank you to yourself and the team and please keep up the good work.

topflyman November 25, 2008 at 9:40 am

Hi Jason
Thanks for your comments.Pleased that you were able to adapt our techniques to making jigs. We try to get out a different vid every 4 weeks but much depends on Jon having the time. He runs a business and is also a DJ. The editting is time consuming and he usually does that whilst the rest of the world sleeps.
Happy Fishing
DaveC. and the Team

Jason November 25, 2008 at 12:27 am

i recently became interested in tying my own jigs. i’m a smallmouth bass fisherman. upon searching the web for some videos, i found that there are very few out there for tying jigs. so i began searching for fly videos and stumbled upon yours. i have found your lessons to be very helpful and have translated some of the techniques you use into jig tying. i’ve also noticed the time between the last few vidoes have been quite long and i am hoping that’s not an indication that they may be coming to an end. i greatly enjoy watching them and look forward to future videos. thanks!!!


topflyman November 16, 2008 at 9:38 am

Hi C Hart
Thanks for your comments. We are sorry that we do not give the coverage to dry flies that perhaps it warrants. We have been doing the site for about 18months and what was intended as a fun exercise to help beginners has just kept on growing. Whilst I do enjoy river fishing more than stillwaters it is not as readily available to most fly fishers.
As a result we have concentrated our efforts mostly on stillwater patterns . We aim to put out one lesson per month. Jon,my son, the photographer and editor is not a fisherman and devotes a lot of time producing these lessons for no reward.
If you refer back to the klinkhamer and can master the parachute hackle the parachut dry is exactly the same bot with a tail and on lightweight dry fly hook.
I do not clutter up my dry flies with quill wings and prefer good quality hackle only.
We have been looking at a BWO. with hackle tip wings and that one might find its way on to a vid.
Hope this helps
Happy Fishing
DaveC.and the Team

topflyman November 16, 2008 at 9:12 am

Hi John
I used Possum simply because I find it easier to use and I have a full skin.
You can use rabbit, hare or antron.
You can buy possum from Tightlines code F-DDP @ £9.99
Hope this helps
Happy Fishing
DaveC.and the Team

topflyman November 16, 2008 at 9:06 am

Hi Tam
Thanks for your comments. I use possum simply because I picked a skin up a site on E-bay , a guy in Os was selling sun dried skins. It aws about £10 plus p.and p. I have been out to NZ this year and the roadsides were littered with possums.It was very difficult to resist skinning a few to bring back. The NZ. customs are so tight and I was not certain about the regs in the UK so I thought better of it. They do sell possum skins, properly tanned, in NZ but they felt too soft………probably me being finicky.
You can buy possum in ‘selection boxes’ from Tightlines code F-DDP £9.99.
You can use rabbit,hare or even antron. I use possum because it is the easiest to dub.
Hope this helps
Happy Fishing
Dave C. and the Team

Tam November 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm

An exellent addition too your series,Im new to flytying and building up on materials as i go and was wondering is there any particular reason you use possum fur,rather than rabbit or one of the many other types of fur ?

john November 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Hi David, can you recommend a substitute for possum? I find it difficult to obtain from my local angling shop.

C. Hart November 15, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Mr. Cammiss,

I love watching your videos and have improved my fly-tying as a result of watching them. But I usually fish dry flies and you hardly ever tie those in your videos. Why not? And have you ever considered doing a dry fly series of videos, which could include such problem areas as keeping the fly light and tying a good parachute?

C. Hart

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