River Dee Grayling Flies

With the Grayling Festival coming up at the end of the month, many anglers are getting ready for a (usually) alcohol filled weekend meeting new friends, catching up with old, and fishing for Grayling on the famous Welsh Dee. So before this armada of anglers get stuck in, I decided to get a couple of days in on the river before they take a pummeling by … Continue reading River Dee Grayling Flies

A few hours Grayling Fishing

Well it’s that time of year again where many anglers go crazy over the ladies, of the stream that is! A great time of year for river angling with many beautiful fish caught on even the coldest of days. This past weekend I’ve been lucky enough to get out for my first grayling of the season. An extremely windy day with a river which seemed … Continue reading A few hours Grayling Fishing

Fry time! Tying a Minkie

As the competition season comes to a close, not before the last big final of the year, the Airflo/Anglian on Rutland water, it’s almost time to hit the fry feeders! A time which many anticipate big fish, strong leaders and often BIG flies. Personally I don’t go above a size 8, I’ve never really been in a situation where I thought a larger fly would … Continue reading Fry time! Tying a Minkie

Make it Wobble! Floating Fry

It was around 5 years ago I first come across a product called Sili Skin, an adhesive backed silicone sheet with a pearlescent finish. After wondering what to tie with it for weeks, I finally cut a fry shaped piece from the sheet, a tail and a flat head… Wound it around the hook and thought it looked fairly impressive. But what I like about … Continue reading Make it Wobble! Floating Fry

How to fish Buzzers

My most recent article on buzzer fishing can be found in this months Total Fly Fisher Magazine, explaining the most effective angles to fish, what flies to fish and sizes to achieve the best from where you’re fishing – including a diagram of my leader setup! Along with 5 favourite patterns. Inside this months magazine you can find: Buzzers, The Angle of the Dangle – … Continue reading How to fish Buzzers

Re-stocking The Fly Boxes

As we get into the full swing of my competitive fly fishing season, it’s almost guaranteed that many flies will be lost, given away or simply misplaced after swapping patterns – So it’s a great time of the year to get the extra patterns tied up along with your current favourites. Toby at Funky Fly Tying was kind enough to send me down a selection … Continue reading Re-stocking The Fly Boxes