SiM Fly Festival 2016

Well, back home after another phenomenal weekend at the SiM fly festival in Castel di Sangro, Italy. To meet each year with some of the finest fly tyers in the world and spend time together in such wonderful surroundings is a really gift and I wouldn’t miss it for anything. This year I am truly honoured and more than a little bit proud, to have received the ‘Claudio D’Angelo’ award for best international fly tyer 2016. I would like to thank you all, fly tyers of the world, old and new, for your constant support and never ending inspiration… Continue reading SiM Fly Festival 2016

The Imperial Matuka Tobis

The Matuku The “Bittern” or Matuku as its known in the native New Zealand language of Maori was the source of material used for the wing of this now internationally famous pattern. The Matuku style streamer like its name, originated from New Zealand and unlike traditional feather wing streamers, where the wing is allowed to flow freely over the hook shank, the wing on the Matuku is attached to the body with each turn of the rib. After a protection order was placed on the remaining and quickly diminishing numbers of these large elegant waders, along with a total ban … Continue reading The Imperial Matuka Tobis

Cookshill’s Killer

This is a streamer I recently designed for Steve Cooper who runs BFFI (British Fly Fair International ) and is owner of Cookshill fly tying materials. Steve asked me to make a pattern for the BFFI 2017 show. With the show being located in Staffordshire, famous for it bone china and porcelain production, Steve has a commemorative coffee mug made each year, the 2017 mug will be adorned with a photo of ‘Cookshill’s Killer. If you don’t know Steve’s web shop please take a look, some of the best natural materials around, most of which Steve prepares himself… If you haven’t … Continue reading Cookshill’s Killer

3 minute Glass Eel streamer

This pattern is an absolute must if you fish for sea run browns. Extremely quick to tie and very realistic. This pattern I developed to imitate the small glass eels that in the past couple of years arrived in huge numbers around our coast line, and the sea trout feast upon them. If you use the blue/ silver mix legs from the squid bait these also make a great sand eel pattern. For the Tobis (sand eel) pattern I use two longer legs tied in at the side of each other this give great movement when fished. Continue reading 3 minute Glass Eel streamer

Rat Faced Mc dougal

One of my favourite flies to tie, the rat faced Mc dougal. This is a Harry and Elise Darby pattern. Although it was originally tied with grizzle hackle tip wings, Harry Darby said he preferred fishing it with calf tail wings as it was more visible at a distance. The original body was also just natural spun deer hair but here I have given it a natural white underside. The tail is also deer hair, but from the summer coat of the European roe deer. Although it requires a little skill to tie correctly it’s well worth doing, a very … Continue reading Rat Faced Mc dougal