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    Medium Wire Barbless Hooks

    Good evening all! I am a bit tired of crushing down barbs on my fly hooks, and wondered if anyone could recommend a medium wire, barbless hook, with a straight point that they enjoy fishing with? I will be using them for wetfly/spider type patterns fished from the bank for brown trout ranging...
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    George Barron's A fine Line: anyone read it?

    Hi everyone Has anyone read George Barron's A Fine Line and if so, what were your overall thoughts on the book? I'm thinking of getting a copy...
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    Dyed Grizzly Hen

    Hello everyone I'm thinking of purchasing some dyed grizzly hen for #14 & #12 wet fly collar hackles but finding it difficult to obtain a dyed cape from my usual trusted suppliers. Does anyone have a preferred online supplier or do most of you dye your own? Thanks in advance everyone.
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    Any Ideas for Next Season?

    We are in the last few weeks of the 2019 brown trout season now and I've begun to think about the 2020 season or rather, what things I want to expand my knowledge on, experiment with or refine during next season. At the moment, for me it is trying out a Barrio SLX line and tying and fishing more...
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    Rocket Taper Line

    Hi everyone I am looking for a rocket taper floating #6 line for around £30 (ideally a two tone line) and seem to be drawn to the Barrio SLX. I was just wondering what the alternatives may be - I had a look online and in previous posts on the forum...and now my head hurts :confused:. I am...
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    Minnows

    I have a question about minnows but first a bit of background information. A number of years ago I began fishing a reservoir with no rivers nearby (although it does have a tiny inlet stream which does not connect to any other river) and when wading, my legs would be surrounded by minnows...
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    Vison Ikon - from Diver Dave

    Hi everyone Just a short post about the service I received from Diver Dave: I decided to replace my thigh waders and upgrade at the same time, to my first pair of breathable stocking foot waders. Did some research (this forum is fantastic for that :thumbs:) and heard so many good things about...
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    Missing Takes Using Small (ish) Hooks

    Hello everyone Help! I need some advice. During my last session bank fishing a loch, I fished two size 16 spiders as the brown trout were fixated on tiny midge pupae (nothing else was hatching). I ended my session with 3 all smallish fish. Thing was there were lots of trout there in the calm...
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    Stroft GTM or Stroft ABR?

    Hi everyone I understand that Stroft GTM is highly rated as a tippet material and when doing some research on GTM noted that Stroft also have an abrasion resistant line in in the form of Stroft ABR. The characteristics of the two seem to be very similar to each other and I quite like that the...
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    Molten Core Soft Hackle - dubbing technique

    Evening all I just wanted to share this YouTube video of a tying of the Molten Core soft hackle wet fly. Interesting (for me anyway) was that rather than dub the body using the tying thread/silk he uses copper wire to carry the dubbing forward. This is not technique I have used myself: has...
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    Books on soft hackle wet flies, flymphs and spiders - any recommendations?

    Good evening everyone I plan to do some close season reading this year when the time comes and therefore I am putting together a small list of books (physical ones :D) to read over the winter. I wondered if anyone has read any books on soft hackle wet flies, flymphs and spider type trout...
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    PTN - how do you make them more robust?

    Hi everyone - I have a question about tying PTNs: lately the copper-ribbed PTNs I tied are getting hammered by the trout and I wondered if anyone has any ideas about how to make them last more than one outing? In the batch I tied I ribbed the copper wire in the same direction as the pheasant...
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    Trout and the Ice Age

    Hello everyone I've been thinking again (":omg:") and don't interpret me literally but...I am a glacial lake formed millions of years ago during an ancient ice age with no link to an ocean. In my depths wild brown trout and char swim but how did they get there (and no mention of God putting...
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    One in One out

    You sometimes hear of strange coincidences happening to anglers when fishing, but I had never really experienced anything that could be described as bizarre until my last outing yesterday... I was bank fishing a 167 acre loch and had waded out into about 2-3 feet of water. I decided to change...
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    Dragonflies Fly Tying

    Hello everyone I am trying to source a bronze-dark olive hen cape/saddle for tying size 14 hackled wet flies. I think I may have done this after looking at the Dragonflies fly tying website (Dragonflies Hand Tied Art - Fly fishing flies & Fishing Tackle). I have never used this company...
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    Dark Sedge - what species?

    Hello everyone On a recent fishing trip I saw some sedge hatching and wondered what species they were. I think the pupa were free-swimming and the adults were probably best imitated on a 14-12 med. shank hook. They were very dark in colour almost black, with silvery-steel grey wings, the edges...
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    Sedge Pupa and Olive Nymph Retrieves

    Hello everyone A few questions about retrieves when fishing olive nymph patterns and sedge pupa patterns in stillwater: When fishing a sedge pupa (after letting it sink down a bit) would you generally begin with a steady 6-12 inch pull and pause retrieve and see how that goes or something...
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    Lumpy Old Varnish

    Hello everyone Quite some time ago I bought some black fly-head varnish and didn't use it for ages...now it seems to have turned into a black, lumpy sticky mess and pretty useless for varnishing whip finishes. Has this happened to you and if so how did you remedy the situation: did you buy...
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    Light Levels and Fly Choice / Area Signature

    Hello everyone I have been reading Stan Headley's excellent The loch Fishers Bible and in one section he talks about fly patterns having an area signature: where wet flies in different Scottish anglers boxes are dressed to their local area variations/types such as big bushy & colourful flies...
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    Lathkill Hen Saddles

    Hello everyone I purchased some Indian Hen Saddles from Lathkill recently and have to say that I was very impressed with their service: it is the first time that I have purchased from them. The saddles (at £3.50!) were perfect for what I will be using them for: spiders and wet flies. The fibre...
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