Recent content by pedros

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    Pet hates in fly tying

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    Pheasant Tail Phloater

    Excellent craftwork. Have you given them a swim yet? I've experimented with foam thorax's like that but generally slow sinkers rather than floaters - nevertheless quite effective.
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    Pet hates in fly tying

    Cannot disprove if it compromises otherwise, but long tails on nymphs really get my goat, especially PTN's and similar. Why tie on, say, a 14 or 16 then make the tails as long as the whole fly if not longer... That's just my pet hate, what's yours?
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    Furled Leader and drag

    Interesting, I once had a guided day with Gwilym Hughes (there's a name drop) on the Welsh Dee of course. He hated furled or tapered leaders as the turnover was "way too good for river fishing". Increase your parallel leader length, OK maybe one step down in diameter along the way, and let it...
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    Haul a Roll.

    Good points and good advice. As stated I am only just starting out on this pike fly journey. Its never always that convenient to choose the section, especially with the current lockdown. Luckily my canal is within walking distance. Most journeys I have are with the wind direction thus far, L-R...
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    Haul a Roll.

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    Haul a Roll.

    I've just started pike fly fishing my local canal, the Shropshire Union which is a pretty narrow canal. Observations thus far regarding casting with no back space: If the canal is relatively shallow then use a floater - with a 20lb flouro leader and wire your fly should get down. If there is...
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    Greys Streamflex Mk1

    Pre 2010 I'd say as then when I bought my first - a 9' #4. Still use it and love it...
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    Shipman's buzzer

    Lovely craftwork philm. I too adore a Shipmans. Perfect balance for me in a 16 when around stillwater midge takers is for it to just float; if no takes quick pull to make it sink slow; if still no takes, strip back as fast as possible - I kid you not! Weather and Boris forecast - they could be...
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    First pike, first fly

    Keep it to yourself 😉 but these work on a fly rod for perch when fishing the canal. Dead slow on a grub or jig hook with point up and use a leader that sinks to pull the soft plastic down Any...
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    First pike, first fly

    Oh no, it was the jackest of canal jacks. Nevertheless, it was the target species and you have to start somewhere.
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    First pike, first fly

    Well, absolutely buzzing.... Caught my first pike on the fly using the first pike fly I have ever tied, pattern based on Paul Monaghan's fuzzy minnow, last night. Also caught within 50m as the crow flies from home. Must say I am lucky enough to shut the PC down at 4.30 then go and spend an hour...
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    About to appear at a stillwater near you?

    Guide to fish health | Argulus (fish louse) | Canal & River Trust I can think of a few places who may start planting plastic pipe...
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    Lawfully good fish quiz

    I thought was interesting. 7/10 is a good score, I got 6!
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    Predator fishing in the Netherlands

    Thanks R, Just what I wanted to hear...