Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Churn Pool

Our Fly Tying Club are holding a fishing night and BBQ at Churn Pool this week so I have busy tying a few flies that might have some success. Churn Pool is a well run and friendly fishery in the Cotswolds, well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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 ( 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

Slow Start to the Season

The season has begun very slowly, everthing is behind this season and the weather remains cool. Having said that, The Leach is currently looking very nice.

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.