This page is dedicated to the firm of Peter Malloch of Perth  although not an Aberdeen maker he is too important to ignore, on it you will find "A model book of Salmon flies, various catalogue illustrations, a list of salmon flies that he supplied and an appreciation by his friend the artist Millais. Also on this web site is Malloch's instructions on how to tie flies  you can find it on the cool stuff page
A Millias fly invented by Malloch (see the dressing details on the William Brown page) along with a trout sized sidecaster retailed by William Brown and the smallest Sun & Planet reel Malloch made (2 1/4 inches)
A Model Book of P D Malloch Salmon Flies
This page contains the excellent plates of Malloch flies from the Book "Salmon Fishing" by W Earl Hodgeson in 1906, I have also include detailed pictures of vintage flies from P D Malloch, all found in the same box  with provenance of being purchased from Malloch's shop in Perth, Scotland. This will hopefully help collectors and admirers of vintage flies with identification. All the flies illustrated are superb examples and mostly gut eyed.
Plate 1
1. Jock Scott, 2 Silver Doctor, 3. Black Doctor, 4 Blue Doctor, 5. Butcher, 6. Silver Grey, 7. Red Drummond, 8. Wilkinson, 9. Durham Ranger, 10. Claret Major. 11. Black Dog, 12. Poyander 13. Red Rover, 14. Childers, 15. Dusty Miller, 16. Dunkeld
Plate 1, No. 1  Jock Scott
Plate 1, No. 2  Silver Doctor
Plate 1, No. 4  Blue Doctor
Plate 1, No. 8  Wilkinson
Plate 1, No. 11  Black Bog
Plate 1, No. 12  Poynder
Plate 1, No. 15 Dusty Miller
Plate 11
1. Mar Lodge, 2. Black Prince, 3. Dutchess, 4. Green Highlander, 5. Silver Test, 6. Stevenson, 7. Sir Herbert Maxwell, 8. Benchill, 9. Gordon
Plate 2, No.8  Benchill
Plate 2, No. 9  Gordon (although a later, lightly dressed one)
Plate 111
1. Bull Dog, 2. Red Ranger, 3. Beaconsfield, 4. Dandy, 5. Olive, 6. Hunter Whitewing, 7. Candy, 8. Thurnder & Lightning, 9. Blue Higlander, 10. Baker, 11, Greenwell. 12. Winterton, 13. Jonah, 14. Yellow Barnet, 15. President, 16 Sherbrook.
Plate 111, No 5  Olive
Plate 111, No. 12  Winterton
Plate 1V
1. Black and Gold, 2. Garibaldi, 3. Blue Jay, 4. Lemon Grey, 5. Spring Blue, 6. Orange Grey, 7. Claret, 8. Kelly Olive, 9. Peacock, 10. Fotler, 11. Gold Canary, 12. Blue Palmer, 13. Dawson, 14. Pale Lemmon Grey, 15. Lee Blue, 16. Moray Doune
Plate V
1. Kate, 2. Jock Ferguson, 3. Black Fairy 4. Sir. Richard, 5. Snow Fly, 6. Colonel 7. Brittania, 8. Mystery, 9. Parson
Plate V1
1. Smith, 2. Popham, 3. Yellow Eagle 4. Double White Tip, 5. Blue Jock Scott, 6. Black Ranger 7. White Wing, 8. White Tip, 9. Grey Eagle
Some of the other flies from the Malloch collection that are not included in the plates from Salmon Fishing follow:
Akroyd
Blue Wasp (I'm pretty sure)
Brora
Claret Wasp
Claret Jock Scott
Dallas
Gold Reach
The following are some more from the Malloch collection that I have yet to identify  PLEASE HELP!
Malloch  not yet named No 2 (I have other examples of this one from a different source....)
Malloch  not yet named No 3
Malloch  not yet named No 4
"Malloch not named No 4" has caused some interest in the classic salmon fly tying community, the following is a step by step sequence by Paul Rossman of this fly being tied in hand (not using a vice) using proper silk! I bet if I put these photos in a different order I could call it the deconstruction of a vintage fly and not many people would notice. Anyway I thank Paul for allowing me to use these pictures of his superb "recently tied vintage fly"!
So finish the head off varnish and pop it an old Malloch box  and who would know the difference...
Malloch  not yet named No 5
Malloch  not yet named No 6 (Gold Canary?) Some rare patterns copied by Dave Carne from a Malloch sales frame of flies owned by Roger Plourde Gladswood
Kingdon A rare presentation fly from Mr Malloch
The Sir Edgar  the card is marked 1903, the firms address on the card is valid from 1902  1927 I have to thank avid Malloch collector, Mark Ross for both the picture and the details  oh, and it's only 4 1/4 inches long!
Illustrations from Malloch catalogues
Malloch didn't seem to go to the extra cost of colour plates in his catalogues, but provided us with black and white pictures.. . However, I have tracked down some colour plates that were inserted into a 1933 and 1938 catalogue that I am sure are Mallochs. So colour first then black and white:
1933
1938
1938
1912
1912 (Benchill and Mar Lodge on LHS)
1912
1912
Malloch Fly Boxes
If you collect vintage flies you need boxes, here are some excellent ones from Mr Malloch, and the list is helpful if you are a "completest" collector
(Never seen a Nickel plated one  would like to!)
Thanks to Paul Majeran from Italy!  here is some great pictures of a Nickel plated one
The 1912 list of available boxes 5,000 flies, yes 5,000 ! How often to you have to fish to want 5,000 flies?
1912
1938  If Father Chritmas is reading this.... I would like this one....
1938 and only upto 1,000
The following is a list of the Salmon flies available from Mr Malloch

Type 
1912 
1933 
Ackroyd 
P 
X 
X 
Amethyst 
P 
X 
X 
Avon Eagle 
F 
X 

Baker 
F 
X 

Ballathie* 
F 
X 

Balmoral 
P 
X 

Baron 
F 
X 
X 
Beaconsfield 
F 

X 
Beauly 
F 
X 

Benchill 
F 
X 
X 
Black & Gold 
F 
X 

Black & Red Wasp 
P 
X 

Black & Red Wasp 
F 
X 

Black & Teal 
F 
X 

Black & Yellow Wasp 
P 
X 

Black Doctor 
F 
X 
X 
Black Dog 
F 
X 
X 
Black Dog 
P 
X 
X 
Black Dose 
F 
X 
X 
Black Fairy 
F 
X 

Black Fancy 
F 
X 

Black Jock 
F 
X 
X 
Black Prince 
F 
X 
X 
Black Ranger 
F 
X 
X 
Black Wall 
F 
X 

Blue & Orange Wasp 
F 
X 

Blue & Yellow Wasp 
P 
X 
X 
Blue & Yellow Wasp 
F 
X 

Blue Doctor 
F 
X 
X 
Blue Highlander 
F 
X 

Blue Jay 
F 
X 

Blue Jock Scott 
F 
X 
X 
Bonne Bouche 
F 
X 

Breadalbane* 
F 
X 

Britannia 
F 
X 
X 
Bulldog 
F 
X 
X 
Butcher 
F 
X 
X 
Canadian Donkey 
P 
X 

Canary 
F 
X 
X 
Candlestick Maker 
F 
X 

Captain 
F 
X 

Carron 
F 
X 

Charlie 
F 
X 

Charmer 
F 
X 

Childers 
F 
X 
X 
Claret & Yellow 
P 
X 
X 
Claret Fairy 
P 
X 

Claret Jock Scott 
F 
X 
X 
Claret Major 
F 
X 
X 
Claret Wasp 
P 
X 

Clement 
P 
X 
X 
Colonel 
F 
X 
X 
Cromartie 
F 
X 

Dandy 
F 
X 
X 
Davidson 
F 
X 

Dawson 
F 
X 

Dennison 
F 
X 
X 
Donkey 
P 
X 

Double White Tip 
P 
X 

Drake Wing 
P 
X 

Duchess 
F 
X 
X 
Dun Wing 
P 
X 

Dunkeld 
F 
X 
X 
Dunt 
P 
X 
X 
Durham Ranger 
F 
X 
X 
Dusty Miller, 2 crests 
F 
X 
X 
Fair Maid of Perth 
F 
X 

Fairy 
P 
X 

Ferguson 
F 
X 

Fiery Brown 
P 
X 
X 
Findynate* 
F 
X 

Foller 
F 
X 

Fraser 
F 
X 

Gardener 
F 
X 

Garry 
F 
X 

General Summers 
F 
X 

Gitana 
P 
X 

Gled Wing 
P 
X 

Glentana 
P 
X 
X 
Gold Miller, 2 crests 
F 
X 

Gold Wilkinson 
F 
X 
X 
Golden King 
P 
X 
X 
Golden Reach 
P 
X 
X 
Golden River Fly 
F 
X 

Goldfinch 
F 
X 
X 
Gordon 
F 
X 
X 
Gowrie* 
F 
X 

Graham 
F 
X 

Green Highlander 
F 
X 
X 
Green King 
P 
X 
X 
Green Peacock 
P 
X 

Greenwell 
F 
X 
X 
Grey Eagle 
P 
X 
X 
Grey Heron 
P 
X 
X 
Grey Wing 
P 
X 
X 
Hargreaves 
F 
X 

Highlander 
F 
X 

Hunter White Wing 
F 
X 

Jackass 
P 
X 

Jeannie 
P 
X 
X 
Jock Scott 
F 
X 
X 
Jonah 
F 
X 

Judge 
F 
X 
X 
Kate 
F 
X 
X 
Kenmore* 
F 
X 

Kinclaven* 
F 
X 

Kinfauns* 
F 
X 

Kinnaird* 
F 
X 

Kinnoull* 
F 
X 

Kirkaig 
F 
X 

Lady Caroline 
P 
X 
X 
Laxford 
F 
X 

Lion 
F 
X 
X 
Lizzie 
P 
X 
X 
Lochy 
P 
X 

Logie 
P 
X 
X 
Lord Charles 
F 
X 

Lord James 
F 
X 

Louis 
P 
X 

Luncarty* 
F 
X 

Major 
F 
X 

Mallard & Black & Orange 
P 
X 
X 
Mallard & Black & Yellow 
P 
X 
X 
Mallard & Claret 
P 
X 
X 
Mallard & Olive 
P 
X 

Mallard & Orange 
P 
X 
X 
Mallard & Yellow 
P 
X 
X 
Malloch* 
F 
X 
X 
Mar Lodge 
F 
X 
X 
March Murderer 
F 
X 

Marjorie 
F 
X 

Meggernie 
F 
X 
X 
Millais 
F 
X 

Minister 
P 
X 

Miracle 
F 
X 

Mohair Canary 
F 
X 
X 
Mystery 
F 
X 

Nansen 
F 
X 
X 
Nicholson 
F 
X 
X 
Olive 
F 
X 
X 
Orange Grouse 
P 
X 
X 
Owenmore 
F 
X 

Parson 
F 
X 

Peacock 
P 
X 

Plain Jock Scott 
P 
X 
X 
Plain Shannon 
P 
X 
X 
Plain Silver Doctor 
P 
X 
X 
Popham 
F 
X 
X 
Poyander 
F 
X 
X 
President 
F 
X 

Princess 
F 
X 
X 
Purple King 
P 
X 
X 
Rainbow 
F 
X 

Red Drummond 
F 
X 
X 
Red Ranger 
F 
X 
X 
Red Rover 
F 
X 

Red Sandy 
F 
X 
X 
Royal 
F 
X 
X 
Saville 
F 
X 

Sherbrooke 
F 
X 

Shrimp FLy 
F 
X 

Silver Doctor 
F 
X 
X 
Silver Eagle 
P 
X 
X 
Silver Graham 
F 
X 

Silver Grey 
P 
X 
X 
Silver Grey 
F 
X 
X 
Silver Popham 
F 
X 

Silver Reach 
P 
X 

Silver Test 
F 
X 

Sir Richard 
F 
X 
X 
Smith 
F 
X 
X 
Snow Fly 
F 
X 
X 
Spey Dog 
F 
X 

Stevenson 
F 
X 

Stobhall* 
F 
X 

Suir Blue 
F 
X 

Sweep 
P 
X 
X 
Tartan 
F 
X 

Tay Shannon 
F 
X 

Teal Wing 
P 
X 

Thunder & Lightning 
F 
X 
X 
Toppy 
P 
X 

Tricolour 
P 
X 
X 
Tummel 
F 
X 

Victoria 
F 
X 

White Doctor 
F 
X 

White Wing 
P 
X 
X 
Wilkinson 
F 
X 
X 
Willyams 
P 
X 
X 
Winterton 
F 

X 
Wood 
F 
X 
X 
Yellow Barnett 
F 
X 

Yellow Eagle 
P 
X 
X 
*1912  The twelve flies marked are new salmon flies, invented by P D Malloch, will be found firstrate killers wherever salmon take a fly. The prices the same as other fancy flies.
P.D Malloch  An appreciation
Malloch was one, if not the, most important tackle manufacturers in Scotland in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He not only manufactured tackle for his own business to sell but provided many of the fishing reels that were retailed by firms such as Browns, Garden & Playfair. The following appeared in the Scotsman in 1921, I think the appreciation written by his great friend the artist J.G. Millais tell us a lot about the life and character of the man behind the business.
September 24^{th} 1921, Estates
Mr Peter Duncan Malloch, of Almond Villas, Glasgow Road, Perth, fishing tackle manufacturer and manager of the Tay Salmon Fisheries Company, left personal property of the value of £40,402 16s. 6d.
30^{th} May 1921, The Late P.D.Malloch – An Appreciation
Last week there passed away at Perth, at the age of 68 years, Peter Donald Malloch, a name perhaps more familiar to sportsmen in the Highlands than any other. Amongst fishermen he will be remembered as one who distinguished himself not only as the most complete exponent of skill with the rod and line, but also as a naturalist who took a scientific interest in the sport and found out the whole life history of trout and salmon by practical method and hard study.
Malloch, although born of humble parentage and possessing little of the advantages of higher education, may be said to have gone further in explaining the life histories both of salmon and trout and the various foods on which they exist than any other man. His knowledge of the movements of these fish, and especially the flies and diptera eaten by trout was immense, and practically evolved a new school of thought in dealing with the preservation and capture of these fish. Whilst others, both scientific naturalists and practical fishermen, were accepting much of the old hearsay which passed as accepted knowledge in the seventies and eighties, Malloch set to work to learn his whole subject ab initio, and took nothing for granted unless he had proved every point by actual experience. Thus, in later years he became a great authority on all that related to trout and salmon, and did much to clear up old fallacies, such as the period of age at which salmon become mature, their life in the rivers and spawning grounds. On all these points he was actually the first to gain definite knowledge, although some other writers, profiting by his lead, divulged earlier some of his discoveries. He was the first to study the importance of scale markings on salmon, and to prove that every advent or period passed in river or sea was only explained by certain markings on the scales themselves. He knew every species of food affected by trout from rats to midges, and I have often sat in a boat with him and heard him discourse on the passage of the various flies as they came on the water and what particular fly the fish were coming to. It was his perfect knowledge of insect nature that made him in some degree so successful a fisherman, for, whilst others were content to use the sane welltried flies on a cast, Malloch was never satisfied, and would in a moment attach some fly which at the moment the trout were taking.
I remember once at Loch Leven he saw a new fly rise in a species he had hitherto noticed. He had nothing in his book like it, but on his next visit he used his “corncrake” wing, and I fancy won the Loch Leven championship with it. Curiously enough, this fly only succeeded for a short time and is now only used occasionally.
His mind was as practical as it was inventive, and though it took many years to evolve and become practical, the best innovation in his trade may be said to be the “Sun and Planet” reel, a fishing reel working on a system of cogs by which the line could run out easily with only a slight check when a fish was playing, and yet could be would up with great swiftness. Moreover, when a fish is running, the handle ceases to revolve with the axes, whilst there is no danger of its catching on any obstruction, often the cause of a sudden break. I often talked over this invention with him in the early eighties and made many drawings for him, and though I cannot claim any credit for its construction he was good enough to present me with the first example he made in his workshop, and after 30 years it works as well today. Another clever invention was his casting “reel!” By levering the whole reel on a pivot the rod can cast a bait such as a prawn clean across a broad river like the Tay, as the line runs off without a check. Then when the reel is turned again to the usual position the line can be wound in slowly and the whole area of the stream worked.
Born over 68 years ago in the pleasant little village of Almond Bank, near Perth, young Malloch spent his early days in the woods and fishing in the Almond river. Education in his days was neither compulsory nor as complete as it is today, so the boy grew up wild, and had ample opportunity to devote most of his time to what he loved best – nature. By the time he was twelve he knew all the birds and mammals of the district, and was never happy unless engaged in his favourite pursuits. By the time he was fourteen he was able to stuff birds well, make a rod, and tie flies, but as certain remuneration did not evolve from such things he took to peeling oaks in the woods at the magnificent sum of twelve shillings a week. He also served a short apprenticeship in the bleach works at Huntingtower. When he was eighteen he came to Perth and took a room in a back wynd off High Street, and there, assisted by his faithful brother, James, he worked hard to acquire a small business in taxidermy and fishing tackle. It was about his time I first met him, and with congenial tastes we soon became fast friends. I always remember with gratitude that he gave me my first commission, 3s. 6d. for a picture of a kingfisher, which I believe is still the trade mark of the firm. From humble beginnings Malloch soon progressed, and was able to take a front shop in High Street, where he remained for many years, later adding rod, fly, reel and birdstuffing establishments at the back. As business progressed in later years he acquired a much finer establishment in Scott Street, where demands for his materials involved greater responsibilities.
For forty years Malloch worked hard at his business and with his great knowledge of fish and game, he gradually built up a great trade in all that related to Highland sport. His services were in constant demand both in the letting and buying of Highland estates, the making of new lochs, the creation of salmon pools, and the passage of salmon and sea trout by means of ladders round or through obstructing falls. He improved the rod fishing and increased the rents of proprietors on the Tay by making it into a firstclass spring fishing river, and this without derogating from the value of the nets, which he controlled in such a way that both interests were made to pay. But the Tay is only one instance of the numerous enterprises for estate and sport improvements which he carried out from the Hebrides to Fife and Dumfries to the Shetlands. There was scarcely a loch or river in Scotland he had not visited and fished.
Barrie says “the greatest thing in the world is charm,” and much of Malloch’s success in life may be said to be owing to this priceless quality. When speaking to anyone he possessed a quite, forceful influence that was not easy to describe, but which had the effect of making him beloved by all who knew him well. His very simplicity, added to the weight of knowledge, made him an exceptional man in any company, and to the rich and poor all over the Highlands of Scotland he was a great personality. Practically every gamekeeper, gillie, and fisherman in Scotland knew him, and when you asked what some outoftheway loch was like, you found Malloch had been there and made a record catch. Though he liked to talk of his achievements he never boasted – no superman ever does – but would tell the listener how to do it, and thus put him in good humour, as if the matter was as easy to any tiro. During twenty years, in which he often accompanied me on bird collecting and fishing trips from Orkney to Kinross, I have never seen a better sportsman in the true sense of the word, or one who, with all his skill with the rod, ever tried less to surpass, except in a perfectly fair way, his companion of the moment. In fact, I have seen him more than once seen him, when fish were rising well and he was catching them, lay down his rod, disentangle a friend’s cast, or search his book for some fly he thought more suitable on another man’s cast. No one but a firstclass sportsman is big enough to do this.
