For my next classic I decided to try a Thunder and Lightning. I just can’t decide on the throat length though and so I’m after some advice (again!). I’ve tried it longer so it nearly touches the hook point as in many images I’ve seen but it looks unbalanced. I’ve tried it shorter like here...
...or it would have been if I’d had all the correct winging materials!
I’m pretty pleased with my progress which has been helped massively by all the useful criticism and advice that I’ve received - you know who you are; thank you.
This really challenged me and I binned three sets of wings...
Having got the right hooks and made some substitute gut I decided on a simple pattern to work on techniques. How can such a simple fly take so long though as tome flew and I reckon I spent about 4 hours trying to get this right although I’ve never spent so long selecting feathers to try and...
Blame Kevin not me. I decided a year or two ago to give the classics a go and so appalled at my early efforts I gave up. Then Kevin decided to post his efforts and it’s encouraged me to have a go again this afternoon with whatever I had to hand spurred on by a bit of interweb buying that will...
One of each batch of 25 on #16 Orvis Big Eyed hooks (crushed barbs)
14/0 Yellow Sheer thread also used for body
White Antron wing post
Ginger cock hackle and tail
Own mix of seal fur thorax
Grey 8/0 uni thread
Grey Antron wing post
Blue rabbit underfur
Having sorted out the details of a getting a warranty replacement from Greys its taken me a while to find a spare 5 minutes to contact them and finalise delivery. On the off chance that PureFishing would be open today (Saturday morning) I rang them only to not unexpectedly find the office...
Could you tie up some flies for me came the question. Having agreed I wasn't expecting 125 all small!
Still the first batch of 25 Tups Indispensable are now down...only another 100 to go...
Hook: Orvis Big Eye dry #18
Thread: Sheer 14/0 yellow
Wing post: white antron
Tail: ginger cock
I broke the tip on my XF2 last week and having found the warranty page thought I was home and dry. That was until every e-mail link and response form they've listed and I've tried has bounced back!
Has anyone got a recent warranty or similar with contact details that will actually...
A bit of a long shot I know but just in case someone has one knocking about. There is I believe a £30 delivery charge from Greys and so I've that cost as a minimum. As a result I'm not after a freebie here so name a fair price if you have one available.
Thanks to work it had been nearly 18 months since I’d wet a line on the Itchen and so with decent weather I grabbed the chance to break out my cane rod and spend a day on the banks.
The river was a little coloured which would make fish spotting difficult but otherwise looked in fine form as I...
Details on a survey that we should all complete to reduce the highly negative impact of non-native fish eating birds like goosander and European cormorants can be found here: New online effort to shoot more cormorants - details and link
An example answer from me if it helps:
There are far more...
It has literally been decades since I last built a rod or did such a simple things as replacing a rod ring and so I'm just after thoughts on the best method of sealing the whipping to avoid cracked varnish at some point. i.e. what varnish/dope etc is currently considered to be the best choice...
I decided to try a new material for me ‘Crystal Minnow Hair’ from Silverscalesflytying that I tied over a belly of their Preyfish Fibre. Both great materials and the crystal minnow is now a must have in my tying kit
I picked up a lovely cane rod recently but it came without the correct bag which is to short for the rod. I’m therefore hoping that one of you lovely people would have one that I could buy.
So long as it’s not full of holes ( where you don’t want them!) I’m not worried about discolouration and...
...but this chunky, dubbed version catches me more than anything else in lakes closely followed by the same pattern without dubbing using just the black tying thread underneath the ribbing
Hook: Kamasan B110 #18 to #12
Thread: 8/0 black uni
Breathers: white Antron
Rib: medium pearl lurex...
A few Black Magic nymphs for those wily river trout
Hook: #16 Fulling Mill 35045 barbless jig
Bead: 1.5mm Black Tungsten
Thread: black nano- silk
Tail: few strands of CDC
Body: Black UV dubbing
Thorax: Black peacock herl dubbing
Hackle: two turns naturally dark CDC