Those are really nice bodies and I especially like the yellow rib over the green on the first fly posted. Wulf’s are strange things to tie because for some reason anything even slightly over or under on proportion seems to really stand out! Great attempt for a tenth go let alone first and you...
I was asked to copy a fly just from a photo but for once it was fairly simple! My version (on the left) is:
Hook: Hends BL454 #14
Thread: black 8/0 uni
Shell: Hends green shellback code: S20
Body: light ginger seals fur
Hackle: red game cock
Thanks for the posting the updates. Mike is as sound a person as you’ll ever come across and I’m sure that whatever pain customers may be feeling at the difficulty of getting stock, Mike will be feeling many times over.
Arkle has nailed it and so to the main thrust of your question, no you only need one material for para posts, the different options are just for aesthetics or because the material was already to hand.
What you may want though are different colours. I use white as ‘standard’ but also tie some...
Things have certainly freed up at the ports which I see through work and driving a similar route to yourself. Some things are still tight though for lots of reasons. Hopefully we’ll get back to some normal stock levels soon!
For me, that’s a big reason for using rings.
I find I get far less in the way of dropper breakage than I ever did with using double blood knot tags or figure of eight loops. I believe that it’s because I use a grinner and so as the tag is pulled through to tighten the knot rather than the...
Agreed but I am finding the same with a large number of suppliers for both trout and salmon fly materials. Another BREXIT impact I'm sure as suppliers presumably have struggled with new import requirements/costs.
Have a look at the Sussex Piscatorial Society. Not much over £300 a year which will get you access to the Tiese, 6 small stillwaters and very reduced fees for the Itchen and Test in Hampshire. One of the lakes is only 30 minutes drive from T.Wells, maybe less and three more not much further.
Greys is a brilliant choice and I'd definitely recommend it, if its one you've used and like then I'd go with it and the #5 is a good choice for the smaller stillwater and river.
Rather than just looking for new gear, its worth keeping an eye out for used gear too and you will be able to up the...
I agree on that. I'd never use a tippet ring on rivers, only stillwater with droppers and have happily had fish to 6lb on them. As ever it is about confidence and the only brand I would use are Riverge having has issues with others.
Big trout don’t need big flies. My biggest river trout came to a #18 Sherry Spinner. What you don’t want is a rod that’s too powerful for the fly size resulting in a straightened hook or snapped tippet...
As standard I would say that traditional wets are typically size 8 to 12 for loch and river work. It’s unlikely that you’d be accused of sea trouting purely on hook size given that an 8” trout will happily take and hook itself on a size 6 double intended for salmon!
My main reason for building my own is that I hate the very thick end of commercial tapered leaders. My maximum breaking strain is 18lb (maxima chameleon) on a 9’ built leader and I would say the turnover I get is just as good as the more aggressive taper on the knotless commercial ones.