The Heckham Peckham is an unusually named fly, made by Aberdeen fly tier William Murdoch in Scotland. Originally designed for Sea Trout it is open to various variants in its smaller sizes, can be useful for Brown Trout.
DOUBLE HOOKED TROUT AND SALMON FLIES USED IN THE FJORDS OF NORWAY. Hook size 10 12 14 - $US each
The Heckham Peckham Double Hook Wet Fly is tied in green or claret. The wing in all cases remains the same, the wing feather, from the Mallard drake with the white tip showing. Among Murdoch's other patterns is the Mallard and Claret, whereby the much used Grouse wing is replaced by the longer Bronze Mallard, as the Grouse is a bit short in the web for the larger hook sizes. It's difficult to imagine anything more exciting than wading a river in the dark, casting away for perhaps an hour, and then having the powerhouse take. If your doctor has warned you not to get too excited, then you'd better not go after Sea Trout at night.
There are a few things I do when the water is low and the Salmon have become lethargic. First step is to use small wet flies, hook size 10 or 12-primarily green or black (like the Green Heckham Peckham) and go to a light tippet (6lb.). Next, change the angle of your cast from quartering downstream at a 45-60 degree angle to a 90 degree angle with a short amount of line out. Short line at 90 degrees will increase the fly and swing speed dramatically as opposed to the long cast at 45. Sometimes the current is so slow (frog water) that you will have to strip the fly back as you would in a streamer fly presentation. Robert Emmett Johnson
GOOGLE+ READER'S COMMENT
The Green Heckham Peckham is a great fly, And you probably won't believe this. But my local river fishies great for seatrout. no matter what time of the day it is. So no need for falling down rabbit holes in the dark. lol. it's not far from where this fly was first tied. Ps.Can't wait for this season to begin. Does it show? lol Robert Anderson, Glasgow
CUSTOMER'S COMMENT ON USING DOUBLE HOOKED FLIES
I love doubles because they swim so stably and give the best hooking power. Where needed, they also get the fly down a wee bit without sinking leaders etc.. I do not like trebles because they have cost me a very good fish or two: the third barb can act as a lever which dislodges the hold of the other well lodged barb or barbs. They can also spin in the current, so you are not sure what the fish is actually seeing. I like it as a wet fly for river fishing (across and down, or on the swing) or a point fly in a team of three when boat fishing loch style (drift fishing) as the extra weight anchors the team nicely and gets it down more quickly. So doubles all round, please! Gregor Fulton McGregor, HK