Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
I have had a fair degree of success over the last month with this fly. I sensed that a little more movement in the fly was needed than I was getting from the Sawyer Pheasant Tail and after a couple nights at the vice, came up with this flymph. The Trigger Point Fibres used in the hackle tend to become less waterlogged than feathers and may just provoke a little more interest from the trout.
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
More of Roy's fabulous patterns can be found here,
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
I took a day off last week hoping to catch the Mayfly. The river was in fine order, but a little coloured after rain the previous evening. The Mayfly trickled off the water from early morning until lunchtime, when the hatch slowed. Rising fish were hard to find, and harder to tempt. I tried Emerger patterns and Wally Winged Mayflies without any joy, but finaly took a couple of fish on an Oliver Edwards Mohican Mayfly.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
This first pattern is simply a wire body and rib and a CDC hackle. Two colours of wire are used,say black and green, this is wound in touching turns to the bend of the hook and returned to the eye as a rib. The fly is then hackled with corresponding CDC. This fly was shown to me by Phil Holding of the Fly Tying Boutique (http://www.flytyingboutique.com/) and has proved very effective on the stillwaters I fish. In smaller sizes it would make a great wet fly.
This Bloodworm pattern is a favourite of mine and so simply. The Flexifloss is whipped on to the hook leaving strands from the eye, bend and middle of the hook, to add some extra sparkle to the body of the hook, an overbody of red holographic tinsel can be added. This is a great pattern fished on the drop, when the majority of takes occur and additionally can be fascinating to watch in clear water.
Sunday, 16 May 2010
A minor success last week in the shape of a small Brownie, taken on a size 20 Goldhead Hare's Ear. It was very welcome on a cold and miserable evening. I would guess it was from last years spawning and a very healthy sign for the river.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Orvis will be holding a Fly Fishing Show at Blenhiem Place on Sunday April 11th between 10.00 and 5.00.
To quote their website, where more information can be found:-
"Orvis have teamed up with Blenheim Palace Trout Fishery to bring you a day of fly fishing demonstrations, along with lectures by the Orvis Pro-Guide team, including writer and magazine contributor Paul Procter and local professional guide Jim Williams."
I have been asked to tie flies at the show along with Roy Christie, Dave Wiltshire and Dennis Shaw. This is a very exciting opportunity to tie along side these experienced tiers and I am very much looking forward to it, hopefully it will be a great day.