The Llandegfedd Open has been running for the past 4/5 years with some impressive prizes mixed in. A competition which allows anglers to head out on the water with their made, catch as many of the 6 fish limit they can and be in with a good chance of a prize. Prizes usually drop down to around 15th position so a decent bag of fish will get your hands on a prize.
Me and my mate Dean Kibble decided the weekend of the Lexus that we would enter the open and see what good we can do after a poor competition previous. With all expectations of a new GLX Loomis, what was advertised on the entry form (facepalm) I sat down and prepared a few flies throughout the week. Many flees rolled off the vice, blobs & boobies of all guises, dabblers & nymphs with a few cormorants mixed in. Looking at the weather it looked fairly unsettled so the usual sort of pulling armoury needed to be re-stocked and a few new additions with new materials added to the box.
One ideal i’d had a for a long times is a seals fur mosiac dabblers, I’ve tied these before with a mix of black, red, blue, yellow and orange seals furs, but they only react with a UV light, the body would look almost black until it caught the light properly. Ian Christie @ Flybox.co.uk sent me a couple of packets of his range of Seals Fur Mosiac dubbings which looked deadly when they turned up.
I devised a simple dabbler with the original mosiac seals fur for the body and also a good turn at the head – It looked deadly and proved successful on the Llandegfedd Open. I managed to take my 6 fish in just over one hour with a couple of good fish mixed in. A bag weight of 14lb 10 with an additional 8lb time bonus gave me a bag of over 22lb. Over 3 lb ahead of the next man who was actually my partner, Dean :). The prize for me was a G.Loomis Pro4x and Dean won £100 cash.
Hook: Kamasan 175 size 12
Thread: Black UTC
Tail: Black Hen Hackle
Rib: Silver Wire
Body: Seals Fur Original Mosiac
Hackle: Black Hen