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Name

DSS

Type

Dry

Author

Dr Paul Davis

Inspiration

Name is abbreviation of Davis’ Squirrel Sedge but also a (bad) pun on Department of Social Security (and Alf Garnet once said, ‘we all know what the SS stands for in DSS, don’t we my little Führer’).

Date concieved

March 2009

Hook

Size 12 Down-eyed Dry Fly hook

Thread

Purple (e.g. Uni-Thread 8/0 Purple)

Weighting

N/A

Tail

N/A

Body

4 or 5 strands of Heron herl.

Rib

None

Thorax

N/A

Legs

N/A

Wings

Underwing of blue/grey CdC (e.g. Marc Petitjean shade 1)
Overwing of Grey Squirrel tail fibres (stacked level and tied in as a hair wing)

Eyes

none

Hackle

N/A

Tying instructions

Make sure you treat the squirrel hair (but not the body) very well with floatant e.g. Watershed before tying it in. Also, tie the tips of the grey squirrel tail fibres level with the bend of the hook.

Fishing Instructions

Fish as a general sedge pattern – also does well when Pond Olives (Cleon dipterum) are hatching.

Interesting facts

Based on an un-named pattern by D.W. Roxborough described in his undated pamphlet ‘A Brief Guide To The Hill Loch Fishing Of Gairloch and District

Variants