Pink Shrimp for Grayling

Featured in a previous post about Flies for River Dee Grayling this pink shrimp caught me a few fish on a recent trips to the river. A fly which had been described to me by Alex Jardine of Aardvark Mcleod as “The only fly you’ll ever need for grayling”. So, it had to be worth a go, right? Certainly. The body is a mix of … Continue reading Pink Shrimp for Grayling

Squirmy Worms

When you struggle to find a materials it’s always good to turn to a mate who can point you in the right direction, recently I’d run out of the Squirm Worm rubber and desperately needed some for an up-coming trip where I was pretty sure the trout and grayling hadn’t seen the imitation worm… yet! Lucky for me, my mate Chris Rawle Custom Flies sorted … Continue reading Squirmy Worms

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