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Archive for January, 2020

Devil Bug

A remarkably simple pattern, that shouldn’t be underestimated! Known by many names, the Devil bug, Cooper bug and Goofus bug, it can be tied in all manner of colours and with bleached or natural elk or deer hair. Pulled through the surface or fished down and swung across stream this is an attractor deluxe!


A Big hole demon

Is it a nymph, is it a streamer? Well the Big hole demon is a bit of both and is said to be the best fly for the Big Hole river. But its not just a fresh water pattern, it’s also an extremely effective sea trout pattern for salt water.

The Crackleback

This quick and easy, but unusual attractor pattern is one well worth trying. Taking only a few minutes to tie, this high floating bug will bring curious and even lethargic trout up from the depths.

Fly Tying demo in Utrecht The Netherlands.

One for my Dutch Friends.
Here is the announcement for the fly tying demonstration and explanation of Barry Ord Clarke on Saturday, February 1st. Barry also signs his book The Feather Bender’s flytying Techniques, so bring along your book or buy it from us on this day. There are also special tied flies by Barry which will be raffled. This cannot be missed!
This is the second day of the Traditional Vliegbindzesdaagse 2020, and is followed by four more, you want to know more?
On my site and on my Facebook page is the complete program and are the reports and pictures of all days.
During the Vliegbindzesdaagse we have in store many interesting daily specials with discounts of 10 to 30% and you can instantly see the new products from Semperfli, Hardy, Orvis, Grays, Hodgman, Petitjean, Swiss CDC etc.
For much of the assortment of fly tying materials and fly tying hooks holds 4 get 3 pay!
As usual there you can get free coffee with cake, snacks and drinks and for the most part there is free parking. You’re welcome.

Tying the crackleback

This quick and easy, but unusual attractor pattern is one well worth trying. Taking only a few minutes to tie, this high floating bug will bring curious and even lethargic trout up from the depths.

Braided backing adult damsel

A quick and simple adult damsel with an extended body maid from braided backing line. A pattern that works wonders during the summer months on lakes with prolific damsel hatches.

Hot Spot Gammarus

When gammarus shrimps are attacked by a parasitic worm, the parasite is visible from the outside as a red/orange dot. Thanks to this hot spot, fish not only see it better, but also find it more attractive! Only fish that are suitable as hosts, (trout) preferentially eat the infected shrimps. Thereafter the parasitic worm completes its development in the fish. . Need I say more?

The Yellow may dun

A quick but easy, semi realistic, size 12 yellow mayfly dun with Wally wings. Another good looking pattern that illustrates a few techniques that can be put to good use, in other patterns.

The White Wulff


The White Wulff along with the Grey Wulff and Royal Wulff are the original series that Lee Wulff designed himself. The White Wulff ticks all the boxes for the perfect pattern, basic materials, easy to tie, floats well, is easy to see, even at a distance and resembles one or another thing that trout will eat.

Italian Job

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For my Italian friends and any other friends that are in the Bologna area of Italy on Saturday 25th of January. I will be tying and talking all day at the brilliant 54 Dean Street fly fishing & fly tying shop and it’s going to be a gas, so I would love to see you there. Ciao!

We like to start this 2020 in the best way, with Barry Ord Clarke at the 54 Dean Street store.
On Saturday 25th January Barry will be presenting and signing copies of his newest book and will demonstrate some of his amazing flies.
Vogliamo iniziare questo 2020 alla grande, con Barry Ord Clarke allo store 54DS.
Barry presenterà e firmerà copie del suo nuovo libro e ci mostrerà alcune delle sue affascinanti mosche.
Sabato 25 Gennaio dalle ore 15,00 allo store di 54 Dean Street a San Lazzaro di Savena

The Transformer


A simple but effective generic attractor. The transformer is an excellent pattern to fish dry when nothing in particular is happening on the surface. Or another popular technique with still water fishermen, is to weight it down and fish it wet.

Tying a Hackle tip Adams

Probably the most used dry fly ever! The great Danish fly tyer, Poul Jorgensen, recalled a conversation with Ed Van Put while fishing the Beaverkill, he asked what was the best fly to use. Without hesitation Ed replied with a grin, “It doesn’t really matter, just as long as it’s an Adams” Need I say more…

Tying the Yellow Damsel


A real quick & easy tie for a super effective attractor pattern. It also includes a couple of good to know techniques that can be carried over to other patterns.