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Tying the Silicone fry

 

This little bait fish imitation is one of my most productive salt water patterns. Very quick to tie and very realistic in the water. Anyone fishing sea trout (sea run browns) has to give this pattern a go, you won’t be disappointed !

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The London Fly Fishing Fair 2018

A little taster of this years great show. With increased footfall and an amazing cocktail from the best of the fly fishing world.
We look forward to next year’s event, please put the following dates in your diary 22/23 MARCH 2019.

Deer hair part I

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Having been a passionate deer hunter for the best part of my life, It became a natural progression for me to embrace the material these animals have provided me with over the years and learn everything I could about it and its uses within fly tying.

Although the fly tyres world is filled with a magnitude of materials both natural and synthetic, there is probably only hackle that can lend itself to so many applications and techniques as deer hair can.  Tails, wings, bodies, heads, legs, posts even hackles and parachutes. It can be used to create the smallest delicate dries and dyed, spun, packed and sculpted with a blade and sand paper to make the largest predator alien hair bugs. All this can all be achieved with only deer hair!

The deer mask, is the entire face and ear area of various species of deer (most commonly the white tail) As with a hares mask, which we are all familiar with, the deer mask provides us with a wide range of natural colours from light tan to speckled brown to light dun and the rest. It also furnishes us with a huge amount of hair textures from short stiff ultra fine to coarse, all varying lengths for flies from a size 6 down to the tiniest patterns. For the caddis fly specialist a deer mask is a must. Removing the mask from a deer, if done correctly, is a precise and time consuming task, so they only seem to be available every now and then from a relatively few retailers. If you know a deer hunter its well worth asking if they can obtain the head from a late season doe, these are normally discarded, if its a buck with antlers, they make it even more difficult to skin.

In a few days, I will be publishing a video tutorial on how to skin and prepare a roe deer mask and show the different hair types that are available from this wonderful material.

 

Sepia & Claret dun

The Leptophlebia marginata and vespertina or sepia and claret dun are two very abundent mayflies that prefer more acidic waters like, hill lochs and forest lakes. This easy pattern can be made to imitate both these naturals.
When the big flies are on the water you need a pattern that ticks all the boxes. Heres a mayfly dun that gives a great footprint and is easy to tie.

Hook: Mustad R30 # 12-14
Thread: Black
Tail: Three fibbets
Wing: Two CDC hackles
Body: Black tying thread with tying thread rib
Thorax: Brown superfine dubbing
Hackle: Black

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The big mayfly dun

 

When the big flies are on the water you need a pattern that ticks all the boxes. Heres a mayfly dun that gives a great footprint and is easy to tie.

Hook: Mustad C53S # 10-14
Thread: Cream
Tail: Moose body hair
Wing: Mallard flank
Body: Three moose mane hair one black two brown
Thorax: Cream dubbing
Hackle: Two furnace or badger hackles

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Blue winged olive (Aurivilli) mayfly

A simple little mayfly dun, that not only represents a blue winged olive but just with a little change in size and colour can be made to represent many other small mayflies.

Hook: Mustad R30 # 12-18
Thread: Olive
Tail: Light olive fibettes
Wing: Natural dark CDC
Abdomen: Olive turkey biot
Thorax: Light olive hares ear dubbing
Hackle: Blue dun

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The London Fly Fair 2018

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The second London Fly Fishing Fair is soon upon us!

After the great success of the the 2017 fair, I am happy to say that I will be tying at the second London Fly Fair next weekend!

If you are in town please try and visit this fly fishing and fly tying show of Friday and Saturday.

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Urban Angling
With exhibitors such as, Thornwood Fisheries, Walthamstow Fly Fisher’s Club and talks from Damon Valentine (@londonflyfisher) on Urban Angling, the London Fly Fishing Fair is the perfect place to learn more about Urban Fly Fishing opportunities in London and other cities around the U.K. See some of the worlds best fly tyers demonstrate their skills at the vice.

With just over a week remaining until the Business Design Centre opens its doors to exhibitors and visitors, there is still time to buy your tickets…

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-london-fly-fishing-fair-the-london-wing-shooting-fair-tickets-33616540979

We hope to see you there!

 

Baetis Rhodani emerger

This Baetis Rhodani emerger is a quick but effective pattern when large dark olives start to hatch.

Hook: Mustad R30 # 14-16
Thread: Olive
Tail: Coq De Leon
Body: Black quill slip
Rib: Yellow floss
Thorax: Light hares ear dubbing
Wing case: CDC

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The F-fly

Marjan Fratniks F-fly, an absolute must for any trout fisherman. This is the super simple and original pattern of this modern classic.

Hook: Mustad R30 # 12-18
Thread: Grey or beige
Body: Tying thread cigar shaped taper
Wings: Two CDC hackles

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Float foam ant

A flying wood ant pattern that uses Float foam as the main material. This pattern will float high and dry all day long and then some…

Through popular demand, each time I publish a video tutorial from now on, I will also publish the full pattern.

Hook: Mustad C49S # 10-16
Thread: Black
Underbody: Black ostrich herl
Body: Rainy’s Float foam black
Wings: Chocolate dun hackle points
Legs: Black deer hair

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