The sculpin or bullhead as they are also known have a large flat head, big fins and a tapering body and are a favourite food of big trout. This pattern is responsable for my PB brown trout from Iceland. Hook: … Continue reading Cottus Gobi sculpin
A semi realistic eel pattern for night fishing. Perfect for salt water sea trout and stripped bass that are feeding on sand eels. Hook: Mustad C47S # 2 Tying thread: Dyneema 55 Body: Black E-Z Body tubing Tail: Black cock … Continue reading Nocturnal eel
This extremely animated nymph is excellent when stalking larger trout or even used as an attractor or searching pattern when nothing is going on in the surface. Hook: Mustad C67S # 8-10 Tying thread: Sheer 14/0 Olive Tail: Fine olive … Continue reading Damsel stalking bug
Another classic, this time a north country grayling fly that has produced for thousands of fly fishermen and will continue to do so for thousands more. If one red tag works, why not have two! Hook: Mustad R30 # 12 … Continue reading Bradshaw’s Fancy
A little Griffith’s variant that uses snow shoe rabbit instead of the traditional grizzle hackle. A tad more robust that the original but fishes just as well. Have a great weekend fellow feather benders! Hook: Mustad C49S # 18 Tying … Continue reading Matt’s Gnat a Griffith’s variant
A simple tie for a very buggy large October caddis that floats like a cork with a wonderful wing. Hook: Mustad R43 # 10 Tying thread: Dyneema 55 Body: Natural deer hair Underwing: 2 Natural CDC hackles Over wing: Wonder … Continue reading Wonder wing caddis
Another dry fly hackle tutorial this time the paraloop technique. Although I don’t use this hackle much its a great choice for emerger patterns. Please subscribe to my You Tube channel on the link below to receive the videos as they are published. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYb8DCVlYijoCYgvx_v2EuQ Continue reading Tying a paraloop hackle tutorial
Dry fly hackle tutorial # 2 parachute perfect. Not the traditional technique for tying a parachute hackle but a very precise one I have used with great success and avoids having to whip-finish at the hook eye. Continue reading Parachute perfect!
Dry fly hackle technique #1. After having many questions regarding my hackling techniques here is my way of tying a perfect 90 degree traditional style dry fly collar hackle that will produce a perfect hackle every time. Continue reading Dry Fly hackle technique # 1
Extremely quick and easy to tie with only one CdC hackle, the IOBO ( It Ought to Be Outlawed ) emerger is a must have pattern and should be found in every trout and grayling fishermans fly box. Hook: Mustad … Continue reading It Ought to Be Outlawed!
This is a little Pale Morning Dun Nymph that ticks all the boxes under difficult conditions. Continue reading PMD Nymph
This adult caddis pattern with a wood chuck wing and mixed hackle gives a perfect foot print when fished dead drift or stripped across the surface. Mustad R50 # 10 Tying thread: Sheer 14/0 Black Body: Fly Rite dubbing No … Continue reading Tying the Chuck Caddis
The Black Ghost feather wing, full tutorial for one of the great long flies that is still catching fish on both sides of the pond. Hook: Mustad L87 # 4 Tying thread: Sheer 14/0 Black Tail: Bright yellow hackle fibres … Continue reading Tying a Black Ghost feather wing
The full tutorial for one of the true classic wet flies that works just about anywhere its fished. The famous Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjoft Nansen said ” Give me two March brown’s and a box of matches and i’ll survive … Continue reading The March Brown wet fly
584 lochs that are larger than one hectare and trout swim in 98% of them. Thats what drew me to the islands that lie between the North sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The flight to Sumburgh Airport on the southern point of Shetland took a little longer than anticipated, due to fog. I was informed that when there is a heat wave on main land UK , there will be fog on Shetland. Looking at the BBC weather forecast while waiting in the departure lounge of Inverness Airport, they reported several deaths due to heat stroke in southern England while … Continue reading Fly fishing the Shetland islands
This is a relatively easy semi realistic adult midge with a few nifty techniques for body, wing and legs. Hook: Mustad R50 # 12 Tying thread: Sheer 14/0 Black Body: Large black cock hackle Legs: Black horse hair Wing: White … Continue reading Long legged adult midge