Green Highlander – The right Salmon “ammunition” for Russian Salmon
This dressing of the Green Highlander is judged to be a mid summers fly and is especially good in fine weather and sunshine. Green Highlander is a very popular fly in the north of Scotland and Norway, and it is an attractive looking fly which has found favour on rivers thoughout the world.
Originally known as “The Highlander” in Francis Francis but there was no green in the Francis “Highlander”,later there was “The Green Highlander” listed in Kelson’s book. Also the olive green mohair of Francis developed into the green Seal’s fur in Major Grant pattern (1860) in Kelson. This dressing requires green swan in the wing. The modern version of the famous fully dressed pattern uses hair-wing. It mixes colours of the bucktail to form the wing rather than the feathers of the now endangered exotic birds of the original. There are and have been very few green classic salmon flies, green flies never became popular in Great Britain in times past unlike today.
Tying Silk : Black
Tag : Oval silver tinsel and no. 12 lime green Glo Brite floss silk
Tail : Golden pheasant topping
Butt : Brown ostrich herl
Rear Third : bright yellow floss silk
Front 2/3 : Green highlander floss
Rib : Oval silver tinsel
Throat : Bright yellow hackle fibres
Wing : Natural Squirrel tail dyed bright yellow with green squirrel tail on top
Green Highlander works very well in Russia during the summer period