A great time of the year!
My favourite river caddis pattern would be the Devaux caddis.
Just before the hatch when the pupa are being taken, I fish a duo set up of a g&h sedge with a pheasant tail nymph tied onto the bend of the sedge.
When its pitch dark, I have had great fun skating a large...
Yes, I have on my my lough boat for chasing rising fish silently without using oars,
it definitely gets me extra fish each year.
I can also hold the boat over a pod of fish when its windy without using an anchor.
my mates have theirs on the bow of the boat, the logic being its easier to pull the...
I mainly fish shallow loughs in Ireland
From top of the water down.
WF8 White stretchy Shakespeare omni floater.
WF 7/8 Airflo 6ft Slow tip
WF8 Lee Wulff predator - 12ft clear fast midge tip
WF8 Rio Camolux fast intermediate (or Airflo 40+ clear fast intermediate)
WF 7/8 Airflo 40+ Di5 for (...
I Have both the Sage X and Igniter in 7wt.
The Igniter is an out and out distance rod, very powerful.
I very rarely use the iginter, its good on windy days, striking fish when fishing deep on sinking lines and setting the hook when using the bung at distance.
There is very little flex and its...
I use medium pardo feathers.
The first time I started tying them I got a whiting farms tailing pack like this
When I used up this pack,
I bought a whiting coq de leon cape from Pat Nolan, premier angling supplies for 55 eur.
Enough feathers to last a lifetime.
Gary is spot on,
if you apply and set a coat of uv on the perdigone first then the black will apply better and not leach into the dressing.
I used to use a black sharpie to make the the black thorax dot,
now instead of a sharpie I use a small dot of black rimmel 60 second varnish. When this...
I use a Sharpes wading staff and its superb, I wish I had bought this first time out it would have been cheap in the long run! As its my 4th staff.
I splashed out on the simms folding staff and it didn't last due to corrosion on the internal wire cord. I also found it too light in heavy Current...
As Rob says I too like to use a heavier hook to get the fly to sit vertical instantly, to compensate on a 16 I would use 3 feathers but I always clip the stiff stem out of the feather tip, it helps prevents the fly spinning.
by clipping out the tip of the cdc feathers I can make a dense wing...
I would say if the rod has been well minded then It would be a good buy at 300.
I have had three of the 10ft 6wt sage ones and they were very good, I cast the 7wt and it was very powerful and more suited to 8wt lines.
In Delphi Generally your day is split into two, half day on the river and half day on which ever lough you choose ( Finlough in front of the lodge produces the bulk of the fish, especially the drift along the road shore down past the pier, there is doolough which is mainly a trolling lough...
I would generally only use a large fly on the dropper as a sighter when I am fishing a very small dry fly on the point.
I had good success this season fishing a size 10 shuttlecock on the dropper and a small size 16 shuttlecock on the point.
Another time I use a sighter is when I am fishing a...
I have two simple setups.
One is a 11ft rio euro nymph leader attached to the end of my flyline.
The other method is half a spool of rio indicator nylon from my flyline to a 2mm riverge leader ring.
On both setups I add suppple tippet such as stroft gtm as I found the flies swim very naturally.