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  1. sawyer

    Pet hates in fly tying

    Bucktail, tying a lot of Salmon flies at the moment & I hate the stuff, unwieldy, flares & a bu$$er to mix evenly in a Willie Gun. Spending a fortune on "quality" double hooks & having to take a file to most of the welds to smooth them out, apparently (according to the manufacturer) that is what...
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    Bored in Work

    Griffith Gnat in original, black, brown, dirty yellow & olive. Easy to tie so you are prepared to lose them to the “tree gods” to get under those overhangs🥴
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    A lonely chalkstream salmon?

    An interesting question about when Salmon pair, I have been fortunate to fish for over 40 years on a small spate river in N.Wales, that, when the water subsides you can often watch the fish in their lies (if you know where to look). I have seen cock fish early in the season (August for our...
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    Llyn Alaw

    Morning all, Anyone know if there are still any fish in the above, not just trout (there used to be a healthy hear of coarse fish too), just reminiscing about some good evenings fishing dries along the far banks from a drifting boat & thought that once this madness has subsided I might take a...
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    Salmon fly advice please

    It will be very much dependant on the amount of water he gets in the weeks preceding his visit, usual September conditions & he will need small size 10/12 even 14 singles/doubles. A good few weeks of rain & that will turn into 1-1/1/2 brass/copper tubes. I would say that as far as patterns go...
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    What was your...?

    Black peacock spider, looong before the joy of instant images was ever thought of.
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    Chenille (old fashioned proper stuff)

    Done that but bought some real rubbish a couple of years ago, was hoping someone had an idea of who sells “good stuff”
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    Chenille (old fashioned proper stuff)

    Looking for the above, went to my local shop & all they had was Fritz (in a massive array of colours admittedly). Anyone got a link to one of the myriad of suppliers on Bay who’s product is okay?
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    Shotgun/firearm certificates.

    My renewal was due in Sept with North Wales (SGC & FAC), I had the forms in July but couldn`t get anyone provide the pictures (all the photo booths were closed off), & my Doctor took 4 months to fill the forms in. I kept the FEO appraised all along & in all fairness they were fantastic, I have...
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    Flytying - It's been an expensive year

    Not just a "this year" thing, spent a small fortune over the years on paraphernalia, bobbin holders are my achilles I have to try most when they come on the market in search of one that I find ideal. Vices are another matter altogether & they do get expensive. I had never realised just how much...
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    Uttings

    Another fan here, bought several rods from them over the years, always up there on price & delivery is excellent. The reel seat locking screw cracked on one when it was out of warranty, I asked for the name of the importer to see if I could get a replacement & they replaced the whole rod with a...
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    Bobbin holder

    I did have a try with the Norvise system but (would probably get used to it over time) found it over complicated. Probably go the other way & go back to a simple ceramic spigot !
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    Bobbin holder

    Morning all, I have tried the search facility (it keeps timing out before providing a result), fancy a change of the above (Got Stonfo Elites, Rite Bobbin & Schmaen), really like the Schmaen ones but eye wateringly expensive. Any other reccomendations, mainly tying trout at the moment?
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    Fly Only.

    I have used Fly Only for several years, both in person & online, always found them to be efficient & helpful. With regards to RM they certainly have not "got their act together", commercially we send out 50/100 units a day & up until us canceling our contract two weeks ago they were running at...
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    Hardy Sunbeam 6/7

    Apologies in advance to the mods, if this is in the wrong section please remove accordingly. I am looking for a "check spring" for the above, I seem to remember that someone had bought a lot of old spares from Hardy & was selling them on. Pretty sure I bought some bits for a couple of Golden...
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    Anglesey SWFF

    I would give "4 mile bridge" a try, fish the outflow under the road bridge from the rocks as the tide begins to ebb (be very careful on the rocks as the current really whips through there. Google Traeth Lydan & give there a try (early morning or last light), you can walk round the corner & fish...
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    Pocket knifes

    I carry a folding Boar Lock knife in a sheath on my belt when fishing, stainless folding safety knife on a lanyard when out in the boat & a Wilkinson Sword "ray Mears" knife in a sheath that my Wife bought me for my 40th birthday when in the woods. I have good reason to carry all of them & have...
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    Good online fly tying material vendor

    I would highly recommend you take a trip to the BFFI, you can see all the latest “must haves” & pick up some real bargains in the bin end buckets.
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    Chest Waders and Hydrotherapy..

    When we have taken our dogs for hydro the staff have always worn a wetsuit, £40 from Decathlon. If it must be waders then either Vass or Hardwear, used to reckon a season out of either when we were fishing commercially.
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    Grayling fly recommendations

    Thanks again for the input, made a start so will see how it goes on.
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