After watching a couple of the fly tying videos online and actually toying with the idea over the last few months it was about time to give it a go. After little persuasion we had the camera setup, tying gear in place and lights pointed at us from ever angle. It was like the police chases when you see the helicopters beam on the outlaw … Continue reading Fly of the Week – Fly Tying Video
From time to time I get a phone call or email asking whether I have a few flies I could pass on to some friends who are looking to do something a little different… Anglers who solely fish for rainbow trout on a stillwater or trout and grayling in flowing water who want to target something else, a new challenge. Usually I have flies which are adequate … Continue reading Something a little different…
Like most fly fishermen, when it rains, I get bored. Especially over the last couple of weeks anglers have been forced indoors and away from the rivers or lakes. For me, this is a time where I can sort out my tackle, replenish fly boxes and just wait for the rivers to drop to get back at em! Lately, especially the last two years, I’ve … Continue reading Boobies!
Over the last few years jig hooks have been increasing in popularity mostly due to the success European anglers have been having with jig style patterns, not to mention the great profile they give to most nymphs. I have been using jigs almost exclusively for the last 3 years with the odd exception when I want to use 2mm beads or under. They give you … Continue reading New Tiemco Jig hooks
Over the last few weeks my fly boxes have been looking sad to say the least. Gaps have been appearing where I never thought, fly patterns have been dwindling, no, literally falling from my box. So it’s about time I done something about it. A nice little order of Hanak hooks, and some tungsten beads thrown in for good measure. This arrived at work this … Continue reading Let the tying commence
Enjoyed reading the March issue of total flyfisher this morning. Especially Terry Phillips article on the river Dee. Some great points on bugging in high water and some cracking fly patterns. Anglers and egg flies sometimes don’t get along, its a love ’em or hate ’em sort of marmite scenario. Recently, i’ve used egg flies on both rivers and small waters, and was pleasantly surprised … Continue reading Total Flyfisher / Egg flies
The trout season is just only around the corner at just 6 full weeks away… tying has commenced with booby eyes being perfectly rounded, lashed onto hooks and awaiting the arrival of its fluffy tail, slim bodies and pronounced wings. To get us back into the swing of things we take a few needed trips to Farmoor reservoir, where the casting cobwebs can be blow … Continue reading 6lb of Farmoor Muscle