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  1. J

    Do you have a fly fishing room / man cave at home?

    I a lucky in that I have my own room for fly tying [man cave] at the back of the house which is down a passage way next to the bathroom. I look out onto the back garden and a nature reserve which is nice although most of it is behind trees and cant see a lot off it. My wife is very good and just...
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    How has the 2017 Trout season been for you?

    Following opening day on the Ribble where I caught a couple of nice brownies and later in the month had few off the Aire the season started to get more and more difficult with the lack of rainfall. I had a day on the Hodder in April but only managed 1 brownie but loads of oos grayling so never...
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    Wading studs

    I bought some new Simms wading boots in July this year and purchased some 'Supatracks' studs which cost £20 for 20 and you also get a tool for putting them in the sole. I first saw them looking at Henry Gilbey's blog on the internet who recommended them have also seen them on this forum. I have...
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    How many fly rods do you own?

    Sat in my fly tying come computer room I am looking at all the rods in the corner of the room which with fly, spinning and a few float rods total I think 42. As to fly rods alone I shall make a list: Bruce and walker 11'3 #4/5 ---------------- 15' #10/11 David Norwich 8' #3/4 ------------- 9...
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    Think Eeel

    I have signed the petition and ask everyone else to do the same, as to where the elvers go to I understand a lot if not all get sent to Holland either live or smoked and are considered a delicacy and command quite high prices. JohnClayton
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    Deer hair pattern

    It will certainly catch fish and would float like a cork but I agree about there being too much material. I would make the body shorter and use about a third as much fur and the wing use about half the amount of deer hair. The amount of fur also narrows the hook gape and would try and use less...
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    A bogey fly...

    My first fly is the Partridge and Orange so much so I don't even bother to tie one on any more although I still love tying them and do have about a dozen in my box. The second fly is the Peter Ross, lovely fly to look at in its silver and red livery and teal wing but just doesn't work and don't...
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    A bogey fly...

    The first of my bogey flies is the partridge and orange so much so I don't even tie one any more as it just doesn't work. My second bogey fly is the
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    Nymphing Furled Leaders

    I have been using furled leaders for my variation of French leader fishing for about the past 6 years or so. Initially I used the long tapered stretched carp leaders but just couldn't get on with them and as I had been using furled leaders for years decided to look in obtaining some in the 20...
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    Patagonian hares feet ≠ snow shoe rabbit so...

    What you are not told is that there is no such thing as a Patagonian Hare, it is a name thought up by fly tying suppliers to get you to part with your hard earned money. The animal is the Brown Hare [Lepus europaeus] which has been introduced to Argentina during the past 100 years and has also...
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    best hackles for small dries

    I bought a Whiting midge saddle cape earlier this year from Funky fly tying and have to admit the feathers really are small and will tie down to 22's. However I have found when going smaller than this that the the small feathers on Whiting genetic hen capes really go tiny and some go down to 26...
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    Black Pennells

    One of my favourite sea trout flies and has also caught a fair few salmon as well, I also tie silver pennels with and without a palmered hackle which I also rate. For the tail I use tippets died hot orange which does seem to improve it as it makes the black more solid and the orange is very...
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    Flies with a trailing treble hook

    I still tie a number of sea trout patterns [secret weapon] with a trailing hook and also snake flies the mount of which is made from braid. There are a number of materials you can use, I don't like wire as it has a tendency to kink and once it does it can break. I use amnesia flat monofilament...
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    CDC Feathers

    Contact Pat Stevens at Flytek The Owl Business Centre 47 School Lane Upholland Lancashire WN4 9SG Tel. 01695 359 935 He sells a lot of cdc and will be able to advise at to which is the best to purchase. I have bought quite a few large bags in different greys and white from him which I have dyed...
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    ID please

    The fly in question is a downlooker snipe fly and agree with Ohanzee that it is Rhagio scolopaceus which I also googled. Saw a few today on the river Hodder in Lancashire near Clitheroe, both the larvae and adults bite having said that I haven't been bitten yet. There were some notch horned cleg...
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    Leader advise for alternating from dries to french nymphing

    When I am setting out for a days fishing I have one reel with a 4.5 foot furled leader which I will use for dry fly and spider fishing and another reel with my French Leader setup. This consists of a 9 to 15 foot furled leader depending on the size of the river a 2ft piece of 6lb green Maxima...
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    Protected birds in the UK

    In the UK there are 8 breeding Corvids [crows] of these the rook, crow, magpie, jay and jackdaw are all currently on the the Natural England and Agriculture Departments general licence and may be taken or controlled by authorised persons at all times, for the stated reasons, using approved...
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    New hat

    I have been wearing a Tin Packer hat in tan made by Filson's of Seattle for the past 20 years, my first one got chewed by my previous dog a brown roan Spinone my second one I still have but is looking rather battered. I misplaced it two years ago and bought another which is now looking broken in...
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    Are your House Martins in yet?

    Strangely enough I saw my first swifts of the year this morning on my dog walk and saw the first little ringed plover of the year as well on the nature reserve at the back of my house. The first of the hirundines [swallows and martins] to arrive are always the sand martins and have seen them as...
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    Wtb or trade a small piece of Water Vole skin

    Water voles are heavily protected and rightly so and the only place I see them on a regular basis are in Derbyshire, a lot of their disappearance is thought to less suitable habitat and by predation from escaped or released mink. Originally north country wet flies such as the waterhen bloa did...
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