IOBO emerger

Tying the IOBO emerger  (It ought to be outlawed variant) Hook: Mustad C49S # 16-22Tying thread: GreyTrailing shuck: Two strands of crystal flashBody/wing: One CDC hackle The original IOBO emerger or IOBO Humpy, as it is also known, was designed … Continue reading IOBO emerger


Christmas tree streamer

The Juletræet as the original is called in Danish or translated, Christmas tree is a popular Danish coastal pattern for sea run browns. The original is from the early 80’s and comes from Danish fly tyer Steen Ulnits. This simple but effective pattern is easy to tie but requires the correct Mylar tubing. Many Mylar’s when the weave is opened, the tinsel will be curled and impossible to get to lie flat, you will need one that is easily opened and all the strands of tinsel are straight. The Christmas tree has a great swimming action and needless to say, … Continue reading Christmas tree streamer

Sawyer’s Killer Bug

Heres another little gem of a pattern that may be one of the most simple flies ever tied! The killer bug tied with the original Chadwick’s 477 reinforcing and mending wool. This classic Grayling pattern from nymph expert and legendary river keeper Frank Sawyer still doesn’t disappoint, but if you follow Sawyer’s tying instruction, the killer or (grayling) bug as it was originally named, could and should only be tied with one brand and shade of wool, Chadwick’s No 477. Although this wool is not produced anymore there are a whole load of substitutes to be found and the original … Continue reading Sawyer’s Killer Bug

Shove,Shave,Singe and Sand Technique

    My Shove, Shave, Singe and Sand technique for the tightest deer hair bodies. Probably the most frequent question I am asked at shows and demos is how do I get my small deer hair bodies so tight. Well heres my secret in full step by step tuition. This is one of my very early patterns the deer hair pupa that was inspired by a meeting with the late Gary LaFontaine many years ago and his own deep sparkle pupa pattern. The first requirement for tight bodies is the correct deer hair. Although I acquire most of my own … Continue reading Shove,Shave,Singe and Sand Technique

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

3 minute Glass Eel

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