A Grayling Favourite…


Any angler who fishes for Grayling all have one thing in common, they’re not shy to lather their flies in the brightest, most offensive colours known to man! It’s all becuase Grayling simply love a bit (or a lot) of colour. Shrimps, pheasant tails and even dry flies nowadays are covered in pinks and oranges, be it a tail, a body or a thorax.

When I was last at the Funky Fly Tying HQ, I was instantly drawn to the new range of Senyor’s Fusion Dub, a soft, synthetic material which has much shorter fibres that it’s sister product, Lazer Dub. To the touch, it feels much the same as the be-loved SLF Dubbing, but with an extra pearl strand that really sets the brighter colours off – a trigger point, maybe? And the colour range is simply outstanding for Grayling lovers, pinks, blues, orange, purples, olives and browns… Need I say more?

As soon as I got back to the tying desk I set about tying a range of Fusion dub patterns, with much of the focus being on the ‘Eat a Peach’ colour – A mix of orange, pink a pearl, a Grayling favourite indeed.

I was most drawn to one pattern in particular, an adaption of the ever effective Hare’s Ear, but with a two full twist of Fusion dub at the thorax, and an orange pearl rib. The fly is subtle enough in colour to be fished for pressured fish in clear water, as well as fish that haven’t seen a fly for week. The soft nature of the material allows you to pull the fibres out with a dubbing brush, slightly changing the colour of the whole fly, rather than solid ‘lump’ of colour at the head… A fly that will produce many lovely Grayling, for sure.


Fly Ingredients

Hook: Size 12-16 Jig Hook
Bead: 2.5-4mm Tungsten
Thread: Red 8/0 Uni Thread
Tail: Coq-de-Leon
Rib: Small Orange Pearl
Body: Squirrel Dubbing
Hackle: Grey Partridge
Thorax: Senyor’s Fusion Dub – Eat A Peach


It’s been almost a year!

Well that went quickly – Almost a year (to the day) ago I posted last, and I know it’s not cool… Things have been hectic, however, there has been plenty of fishing done and I have many stories, tips, product reviews and general fishing nonsense to tell…

I’ll start the ball rolling for 2016 (albeit late!) with a couple of pictures from a short river outing with my pal, Adam. Adam’s a newbie to the river, it’s something he’s tried in the past with little success, so was over the moon when we talked about an evening on the river.

We headed over to the river Ebbw (day tickets here) for a short session as the light was fading, the ideal opportunity to target rising fish as the summertime temperatures start to dip. In anticipation of some dry fly fishing I tackled up the Hanak Superlight 2# – A superb 9′ (convertible to 9’6″) rod for both dry and nymph fishing, a 15ft tapered leader and a 7X tippet. Attached, a size 16 Foam Dun courtesy of Mr Craig McDonald.

We wandered a few pools looking for rising fish but to no avail, so swiftly swapped to the nymphs for some tasty looking fast water up ahead. For a few weeks now I’ve been using the Soldarini BiColoured Leader, a tapered leader that’s coloured orange and yellow, and it’s ideal for nymphing in pocket water. The 15ft long tapered leader can be fished at long or short range, under trees or under the rod tip, with an impressive casting ability for quick changes between the duo and french leader.

I strung up a single nymph tied to the same tippet as the dry fly and greased the end of the leader for added bite detection. Being a nymphing novice, I let Adam have a go with the new leader. Fishing upstream, he led the fly along the current, lifting the leader to get the fly to hang vertically and sink in the turbulence (before I’d even said anything, so I let him carry on…) Within 10 casts he’d hooked his first Ebbw trout – A colourful, wild river trout…

River Ebbw Brown Trout

We fished for another hour until it was almost dark, taking a dozen or so fish between us on a mixture of both dry and nymph fishing techniques – An ideal way to get into river fishing to say the least!

Airflo G-Shock Fly Line – Review


Since the introduction of the Super-Dri Technology from Airflo, these have been the only floaters I have used… The super-high buoyancy and non-stretch technology helps no end with lift of and hook up rate but this year, Airflo have brought out, a somewhat controversial fly line, called the G-Shock. A stretchy fly line.

The blurb

After many years of low and non-stretch lines Airflo have made this interesting addition to the range, the question is why? In certain circumstances for example when using lighter tippets a percentage of stretch is beneficial to prevent break offs, or for hooking fish moving at speed – that arm wrenching pull and bump off some of us may have encountered. These lines are ideal for delicate top of the water work with small hooks and light leaders be it on the river or lake. The super dri G-Shock fly line has a controlled amount of stretch at 15%. Most other fly line makers us 20-25%. This allows fly fishermen to enjoy the obvious benefits of Super Dri, in a fly line closer to the stretch level that they are used to in a ‘traditional fly line’, giving a similar feel to a stretchy PVC line. these lines are perfect for angler looking to try out an Airflo line for the first time. The lines are super smooth, shoot like a bullet and the tips float incredibly high with their welded loops. Line memory is non-existent, these are supple and straight right out of the box. Recently awarded Trout Fisherman’s ‘tackle tester’s choice’ these lines are a must buy

View the G-Shock Fly Line on the Fishtec website Airflo G-Shock Fly Line

A couple of months ago I picked up a peach G-Shock in a 7# which I immediately spooled up for my next few fishing trips. Airflo G-Shock Fly Line  The first thing you notice with the new G-Shock is how much stretch the line actually has compared to a non-stretch version, the difference is easily noticeable to the pull over just a few feet, so the difference over 10 or over 20 yards must be substantial. I must say I was dubious as I’ve not used a ‘stretchy’ line for years, but none the less, stuck at it and it performed brilliantly.

I’ve been lucky enough to experience some great carp fishing with plenty of double figure fish running hard through thick weed, and great dry fly fishing on both Llandegfedd and Draycote water which has put the line through its paces. Considering the stigma Airflo fly lines had all those years ago (and unfortunately still have now), they have produced a series of floaters, the Super Dri range, which in my eyes, now, can’t be beaten.

If you’re dubious about Airflo and the history, don’t take anyone else’s word for it, try one yourself! For dry fly fishing, you won’t got far wrong with the G-Shock floater – There’s be more about this fly line in posts to come.

Sorry for the lack of posts…

I must apologise for the lack of posts on the blog over the last few months, there has been many things happening and I’ve not really had a lot of time to update.

Anyway, I’ve obviously still been out fishing! 🙂 I have a stock of images from the downtime and will try to get the blog updated more regularly.

For now, here’s a couple of images from a recent trip carping with my mate Luke Thomas. See our 5 top carp fishing tips!

Kieron Jenkins Fly Fishing For Carp Luke Thomas Fly Fishing For Carp

Gwyn Williams Memorial Match Saturday 16th May

Cwm Hedd Lakes Gwyn Williams Memorial Match

In memory of Linda’s lovely brother Gwyn: an informal competition with the emphasis on having a good day with friends.

Entry will be £20 plus any additional sponsorship raised. The sponsorship plus the profit from other lodge-based competitions, refreshments and raffle will be donated to Help For Heroes, as this is a charity that Gwyn supported and thought very highly of.  

The competition is simple: release up to ten fish and take any one (except brown trout which must be returned). The four anglers with the heaviest fish will win a day ticket each. A draw will take place in the event of a tie.

 The Ken Bowring Challenge Cup

Ken Bowring has very kindly donated a cup for the memorial competition, which this year will be awarded to the angler under 18 years of age with the heaviest fish in that age group.

Entry forms are available for Gwyn’s competition at Cwm Hedd Lake lodge and should be available to download from Cwmhedd website events page soon.

The “Gumby Crab”

The Gumby Crab - James with  GT

James Anderson, aka “Gumby”

The “Gumby Crab” – Post by Peter McLeod

For a while now I have been trying to come up with the perfect pattern to fool those cunning triggerfish in the Indian Ocean. I like to describe triggers as an attainable permit as they can behave in a similar manner, although perhaps a little more forgiving.  In the past I have had success with such flies as velcro crabs, flexo crabs, keel crabs and James Christmas’ sand prawn.

Spurred on by my forthcoming trip to the Nubian Flats in Sudan this May to what could potentially be trigger fish nirvana I decided to attack the vice in a frenzy. I thought about all my favourite attributes of these many patterns into one killer fly.

The carapace had to resemble a Xantidae mud crabs or Portunidae swimming crabs in shape as these are the most common prey for triggers. They will bite them out of the coral houses they have sought refuge in, so to that end I wanted a dense formed body incorporating several colours. To achieve the effect I wished a dense crustaceous brush was the answer which could then be clipped to the desired shape. I have spun a number of different colour combinations which I think will match different environments across the world.

Rubber legs made good tendrils and I have always loved their motion which tends to bewitch fish, along with some crab eyes to complete the face. Rather than go with traditional dumbbell eyes for weight I have found keel flies to not only hold the fly off the bottom with hook point up, but the beads click underwater, a sound that I feel fish tune in on. By adding a set of suede chenille claws to the pattern the illusion is complete.

I recently lost a friend of mine taken well before his time. James Anderson, aka “Gumby” was a compulsive fly fisherman who over the last three or four years had embraced saltwater flats fishing with a passion. On recent visits to the Seychelles he had achieved numerous piscatorial goals including a proper flats GT of 90 cm only weeks before his passing. However the technical aspect of hunting triggerfish I feel most encapsulates his spirit and I therefore have named this pattern the “Gumby Crab” in honour of his memory.

Leading fly manufacturer Fulling Mill will be producing and stocking the “Gumby Crab” in memory of James.

The Gumby Crab

The Gumby Crab

Squirmy and Spermy Worms

There’s hell of a lot of hype about the Squirmy worms on social media nowadays, with mixed views on the material and the flies tied with it for that matter… It’s a very controversial pattern to say the least and divides anglers for many reasons. In my eyes, the squirmy is perfectly legal and just another material we use to help catch us fish. There’s no difference between using a squirmy worm to an apps blood worm, both are tied with rubber, and the apps has 3 times as many ‘legs’ usually. It’s also fully legal within the FIPS-Mouche (World fly fishing) rules.

Over the last few months there’s been another revolution, this time, the Spermy worm – For obvious reasons…

Spermy Worms Ronsfishing

This, a silicon based ‘sperm’ – designed for reasons unknown, and for that matter I’m not sure that I really want to know… But what I do know is that like the squirmys, these spermy worms catch fish. And lots of them. As shown above, I’ve secured the spermy worms to a jig hook with appropriate sized beads to make the most of the extremely mobile tail. The colours are super intense, too and are perfect for grayling – Remove the tail, and you have the ideal ‘Egg fly’.

Here’s my mate Luke Thomas using a spermy worm at Cwm Hedd Lakes.