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The fluttering caddis

This quick CDC and deer hair variant of the original, will float all day long and then some!

Hook: Mustad C53 # 8-14
Body: Two CDC hackles
Wing: Natural deer hair
Hackle: Brown cock saddle

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Sulphur no hackle dun

 

A simple yet effective little no hackle yellow mayfly pattern that sits beautifully in the surface.

Hook: Mustad R30 # 12-14
Tail: Coq di Leon
Body: Yellow turkey biot
Thorax: Yellow super spike dubbing
Wing: Deer hair & CDC

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Deer mask prep

Like a hares mask, the deer mask offers an abundance of material for the fly tyer. In this tutorial I show how to skin and prep a European roe deer mask. If you don’t hunt yourself, you may know a hunter, or an estate that has deer, if so the heads are normally discarded, so ask if you could obtain one. Its a little work but well worth it!

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Cripple green drake

Often may flies become trapped in their shucks during the hatching process and become easy pickings for feeding trout. This pattern effectively imitates the struggling mayfly and can be deadly during hatches.

Hook: Mustad C53 # 10-12
Tail: Olive marabou
Body: Three moose mane hairs
Thorax: Olive & brown superfine dubbing
Hackle: Green Grizzle
Wing: Olive deer hair

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Improved sofa pillow

The stimulators big brother, a real fat boy pattern, that has more attractor qualities than you can shake a stick at.

Hook: Mustad C53 # 6-10
Rib: Fine silver wire
Tail: Bleached elk hair
Wing: Bleached elk hair
Body: Tying thread & Silver badger hackle
Thorax: Cream dubbing
Hackle: Silver badger

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Tying the klinkhopper

 

A grasshopper tied Klinkhammer style, that has worked well for me and gives a lttle different presentation but a great footprint of a hopper.

Hook: Mustad C49 14-6
Thread: Dark green
Body: Bright green dubbing
Rib: Tying thread
Wing: Yellow dyed partridge hackle
Legs: Yellow pheasant tail fibresThorax: Ostrich herl
Hackle: Polypropylene post & Yellow Grizzle hackle

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Sim fly festival 2018 Castel di Sangro.

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In just a few hours, I will be leaving for the SIM fly festival in the small mountain village of Castel di Sangro in Italy.

I will be demonstrating tying may fly duns on the 23rd and 24th, along with some other world class fly tyres at the Italian museum of fly fishing. If you happen to be in Italy, I would not miss this show! I hope to see you all there, ciao for now…


Mayfly tailing techniques

A couple of simple techniques that make for perfect split mayfly tails every time.

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Paraloop floating nymph

A nice technique for making floating nymphs to represent the final stage just before hatching.

Hook: Mustad R30 # 10-16
Thread: Olive
Tail: Pheasant tail
Rib: Pearl tinsel
Body: Pheasant tail
Thorax: Peacock herl
Hackle: Polypropylenen post & Grizzle variant hackle

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The wally wing mayfly dun

 

An upside down mayfly dun. This is an interesting pattern for those of you that have not tied wally wings before, they may look challenging but useing this method makes it easier.

Hook: Mustad C53 # 10-14
Thread: Grey
Tail: Coq De Leon
Wings: Mallard flank
Body: One black and two brown moose mane hairs
Thorax: Peacock herl
Hackle: Silver badger

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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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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…

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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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The perfect hatching midge?…

This little hatching midge has a couple of unusual techniques that make it a real go-to pattern, that fishes like a dream all year long.

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The Gammarus shrimp

This little Amphipoda can represent many of the several thousand different speices that are found in both fresh and salt water all over the world.

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Atomic caddis

A slightly different technique for tying cat gut bidies on dry flies. A great little pattern for both still and running waters.

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The Book – Petitjean CDC

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For all you CDC fans, the Petitjean book is now available for order from:

http://www.petitjean-cdc.com/en/home/182-petitjean-cdc.html

This monumental book gathers on more than 40 years of fly-tying, innovation and a passion for fly-fishing. In this his legacy, Marc reveals some of his secrets about CDC’s unique properties, his concepts in designing flies and, last but not least,  a series of brand new, appealing and easy-to-tie patterns.

Marc Petitjean

Photography Barry Ord Clarke

500 pages

3000 photographs