Wednesday, 12 November 2014

flyfest cumbria 2014


ok so a little later than anticipated but heres some pics from the new fly event in cumbria called flyfest , now i have to say the venue here is stunning , everything you could want in a venue , shops for the wives and girl friends and probably the most amazing cinema for playing films on heres some images of the 2 days 

this is really a festival thats going to get really big check out 2015s event 


was asked by a fellow pro team member to tie up a subbug more than happy to oblige 

as always predator flies was the order of the day for me and it was interesting that most of the folks i spoke to and demonstrated to were trout guys who were very interested in what i was doing and what i found most surprising was a lot of them had no idea what these flies were used for , and when i explained pike was the target fish they again didnt realize that you could fly fish for them , now the other interesting thing was the younger guys knew what they were for and indeed some fished for them after trout season finishes interesting .......

Fly Fest is hosted at The Rheged Centre just 2 mins from the M6 west of Penrith

the venue is stunning and with all the natural light coming from the massive windows its a joy to both tie and display here the natural light does wonders to the colors of the flys really shows of gliss and glint at its finest  

nothing better than the deercreek family having a curry and a laugh after the first night obviously me and the dark destroyer (conan) made the effort to get dressed up for dinner the rest of the cave dwellers didn't bother (with the exception of jen nicks wife obviously) 

there is a ton of space at the center and multiple rooms on various levels , the door at the back of the room leads to the amazing cinema 

just one of the great choice of films on offer i didnt watch any as to be honest i was too busy tying 

Andy Saunders the legend among mud pig puddles in rare mouth closed shot 

hey wanna buy a pike fly

my tying space next to foghorn leghorn fyvie  the man who never stops talking , i had a lot of interest it has to be said probably due to the colorful table 

nailed it using deercreeks barred ostritch feathers absolutley stunning 

the casting pool watch fly tying and casting at the same time how cool is that 

team deercreek pro staff

we rocked it and bought our usual brand of fun and frolics that people love

fun and frolicking going on  

gliss and glint really rocked it 

flying the flag 

eat me 

always good to talk to people at the fairs and a big part of what i do , people are really interested in pike fly fishing and especially those who haven't done it before and are also amazed at how light big flies are in contrast to what they look like , i can demo making a basic gliss and glint in just a few mins which is good especially if somebody is with a wife or girl friend who couldn't care less

fish love fly porn love for sale 

words aint enough you now its gonna kick green ass

table of love , people really enjoyed picking flies up and actually playing with the material 

trimming the bug 

so flyfest 2014 all in all a fantastic concept and one which im absolutley delighted to push on the blog , keep checking the flyfest 2015 tab at the top of the page to get all the latest updates from fly fest , davy newhall and the team and most important get yourself down there very easy to find 

see you there next year with the rest of the pro staff cave dwellers 

Fly Fest is hosted at The Rheged Centre just 2 mins from the M6 west of Penrith. 

Close to the geographical center of the UK, Rheged is easy to get to and 
is the ultimate venue for Fly Fest. With a huge IMAX Cinema Screen for our movie premiers, fantastic lecture theater with cinema screen for fly tying demos and talks, wide open spaces to host the best Pro Fly Tyers, 2 stunning outdoor casting pools for demonstrations and instruction, large expo halls for trade displays to pick up that end of season bargin, 2 restaurants serving fantastic locally sourced produce, shops to keep the other half entertained while you indulge your fly fishing and fly tying passion, indoor and outdoor play areas that will keep the kids entertained all day, plus fantastic trout, salmon and pike fly fishing on our doorstep in the beautiful Lake District.  There really is no reason not to to get the dates in the diary  and make a weekend of it.

By road: From M6/Penrith/Eden:
Just a couple of minutes drive west from the M6 (J40) at Penrith along the A66

From Windermere/The Central Lake District:
Follow the A592, a beautiful drive in itself over the stunning Kirkstone Pass, and along the shores of Ullswater

From Keswick/The Western Lakes:
Take the A66 eastbound past the foothills of Skiddaw and Blencathra, Rheged is just off the A66/A592 roundabout before you reach the M6

By Rail:Just a five minute taxi or bus ride from Penrith Station, which is on the main London to Glasgow West Coast Mainline.

By Bus:
Regular services run between Penrith and Keswick and stop at Rheged.  For more information on public transport, visit, or call 0871 200 22 33, and dial 874 for Cumbria

Car parking at Rheged is free 

Distance to Rheged clockwise from:
 21 miles - 25 mins - Glasgow: 116 miles - 1 hour, 58 mins - Edinburgh: 119 miles - 2 hours 22 mins - Newcastle: 76 miles - 1 hour, 40 mins
 98 miles - 2 hours, 8 mins - York: 99 miles - 2 hours 6 mins - Manchester: 101 miles - 1 hour, 47 mins - Liverpool: 105 miles - 1 hour, 50 mins

(a cave in scotland)

Friday, 12 September 2014

What I did on my vacation

 What I did on my vacation
(or reasons to be cheerful part 1 2 3)

Anyway ive had a pretty shit year and its almost a year since my sleezeball ex wife decided that well now id worked my arse to the ground so she could become a teacher and earn shit loads of money it would be fine to rip the family apart as she all of a sudden didn’t like me anymore and kicked me out ………………pretty scummy thing to do in my book after 10 years of good family life and I don’t fooking care if she reads this at least I see my son most days but hey im a nice guy and I wish her well as the pull her from the wreckage karmas a bastard huh …………….

So with that ive been pretty busy with work and doing what I do is quite stressful so fly tying is a great coping with the trials of life you know I was in a very bad place in my head and I did visit my gp where I was diagnosed with something pretty shit mentally that could be treated with drugs, but you know that really wernt for me , now I know theres help out there and hell theres nothing at all wrong with taking it and nothing un manly about accepting help , dont live in a bubble but as I said it wasn’t for me I had a few very good friends who helped me out the hole

And of course there was my other family the bunch of weirdos and oddballs who smell , belch pick there noses and generally shake shit up , I am of course talking about my deercreek family that bunch of ragtag oddballs that tie for what is probably the greatest tying team on the planet , not following the rules and not caring ,left to do there own shit they come up with some of the best stuff on the planet these guys and gals put love on a hook , so if I mix all that up I had a pretty good team behind me who gave me the tools I needed to get through the dark days so


Because we are a bunch of oddballs somebody stuck up a picture of a small fly on our own private
 No access psyc ward page for the pro team and never one to back down from a challenge I came up with this, pretty much using white gliss and glint some angel hair and the eyes finished with diamond fine now excuse me I think this is the dogs bollocks and ive had no end of trout peeps wanting to purchase these, but you know it aint all about the money folks its zen  


Ok so great flies in the box various patterns can we move on now please just seems like facebook is flooded with these just now if you want to see some great original fly tying just head over to master lees blog the guy that opened the pattern up for us all


The repercussions from the stirling angling fair continue with conan the arsearian still moaning about his missing glass, now I can honestly say I aint got it and the finger of suspicion is still points towards the gypsy yellow dancer tier   , the things you have to do to prove your innocence and I got him the bloody thing in the first place   


Scrummy scrummy food time , yup flies that you could just eat well obviously you wouldn’t but there like really cool and bet you wish you could , you could always give em too the fish to eat and share the fast food love

Hook – 7/0 mcfluffchucker bait fish special
Body – lime /olive and white gliss and glint plus
Throat – kola crazy
Eye – 9mm green roachie crystal eyes
Finished with diamond fine uv

Now go and make em heres a video on the style 

When the creek boys party the creek boys party in the background is pro team member richy Anthony peeing behind a rock , this will be a common sight the night scotland gains its independence , we scots can hold a lot of beer it saves losing our place at the bar 


Mr Robert burns


Well actually there’s a few things missing but as far as fisherman’s breakfasts go it will do, one sausage though what kind of crap value for money is that, I did however steal the solid silver toast rack so I could sell it to buy doughnuts

While I was on holiday with work (yes I have to go on holidays) I spotted this sign on a beach in largs and I thought it was pretty poignant as to where I was heading at the time  

But obviously I got a sign from an old god and actually I was going in a pretty good direction because while I was away the only this I could think about was getting back and tying flies , at this point I realised I was getting my karma back . I needed to get back and get some love on the hook so heres a couple of pics of the flies I tied in one of the new videos and gotta say a big shout out to all the positive messages from folks wanting videos hey you wanted it so you got it .

Of course you know not everyone likes my videos but you know you'll always see a couple of thumbs downs on them usual keyboard warriors who don’t even give me a clue as to why they don’t like it but you know I traced them back and oh surprise its other tiers from other company's how sad “wankers”

But you know wouldn’t it be far easier if there was something you didn't like, then leave a bloody comment and I can fix it after all I never claim to be a professional I just do it cause I love it  and if I can improve stuff then let me know  

Blending flees 

Im really into blending gliss and glint just now and you can get some  colours combos  the possibility’s are really endless again if you search my youtube channel there is a video on blending this amazing material  go check it out in the mean time heres a video on smaller flys , because smaller flys rock 

 Small fly video 

Ok im out and about again this time at the amazing flyfest event in Cumbria 

Please get down and support this amazing event because its worth it ill be spending most of my time making pike stuff obviously, and it would be great to see ya there and have a chat , as folks who have seen me at events before im more than happy to demo any sort of predator fly using deercreeks materials just ask , there’s some great tiers here so pop along heres the link

for those waiting for a review of the rock river rods rod well im still waiting for it
 to arrive post office is shocking that’s like over a month now im going to be running out time to fish
 it before winter steps in

custom blending gliss n glint plus

you know ive not been fishing too much this year , I got out a few weeks again with the destroyer but unfortunalty I got sick and had to come in , I ended up sleeping in conans car before throwing up in the woods , I then had to take a couple of days off work as well which is a real pisser onwards and upwards though eh  

amen brothers and sisters
love from the cave

Sunday, 17 August 2014

show stealers

Ok so the deercreek pro team was once again let out for the weekend for demonstration purposes, and for the general public once again to throw bananas at scott kane and conan fyvie whilst me and richy were doing the professional stuff and demonstrating the many fine materials that deercreek do ….as always I was left with the pike and predator flies which obviously is what I do and the other loons were demonstrating the uv products on some nifty looking trout flies …..

Andy saunders psychiatrist said he wasn’t allowed out this weekend as he was still soiling his pants due to a change in his medication so there was no weird nasty rainbow trout sparkly things , although it has to be said we did miss him as we had nobody to fetch the teas and coffees , granted we could have sent scott kane but his legs are so small it takes him ages to get anywhere and it would have been cold by the time he got back…..

After setting up (youll notice they put me in the corner again) and bacon roll (£2.50 ffs) our food budget was spent so as we couldn’t afford coffee we would just have to drink the free whisky the venue provided instead bummer huh .

So this was a council run event and got to say the venue was awesome and there was lots of trouties around as there was some kind of international compaction on and the prize giving was taking place here , the funniest thing ever was little lord ha ha know it all who was in the England team trying to get information out of scott kane on how to tie a particular fly , lets just say it would have been easier to get an intelligent conversation out of conan fyvie than him getting the  lowdown on that fly , arrogance gets you knowhere, and he eventually walked away looking quite confused at the lack of knowledge scott parted with

So a couple of points id pick up on about the event is
1-      try not to close the roads off in town due to a cycle event so people can actually get to the thing
2-      mabey advertise it a bit better
3-      £7.50 for a bloody burger is beyond a joke I don’t care if it is from an organic lesbian cow fed on caviar and tucked up in a feather down bed every night that’s just beyond expensive  
 Tying beautiful creatures 

Ok so I rock up to these events as part of the deercreek pro staff team and I get asked the same
Question all the time and that is do you practice a lot before you tie here, well actually the truth is no I don’t in fact have any idea what im going to be tying as usually when I get a pack of materials just before the show so I really have no idea until im sat in front of the vice , so keeps the brain ticking over  I do however take some basics with me like flash and bits of cape but other than that I have no idea really , and most of the time folks are happy to see me tie whatever as once I get into my tying stride I really just churn shoals out 

This is always a popular colour choice especially for Scottish waters made with gliss n glint plus which actually you can see glinting away in the picture and score well on waters with high perch populations, finished with gator eyes and diamond fine uv great wee pattern 

At the moment im really loving mixing stuff up with the tying by that I mean mixing synthetics and naturals and actual they work very well together the fly above has a main body of gliss n
Glint plus mixed with a little extra gold angel hair and some peacock heal along the back gives a nice contrast to the jackpike green of the gliss sometimes I will also add just a few strands of black along the back before the peacock just to give the illusion of back colour , amazing only a few strands needed to get the effect

Im also loving using the jungle cock this is hand dyed by chris rawle from he also does some fantastic bucktail , but be warned he only does small batches so contact him to get on the waiting list , his stuff really is that good it goes very fast you wont be disappointed 

Mid morning ties lined up , I really enjoy doing these shows and its great to get the products out there but you know I keep hearing the same thing time after time from people when it comes to uv products and that the bug bond question , now I really do not care what you use but the fact that people think that buying a product from orvis means its problem free well actually no that’s not the case , people were saying to me they bought it and it cured tacky which obviously means it dosnt do what its says on the tin and people are believing what so called pro guys are saying about it and this leads them to believe that because somewhere like orvis sells it well that’s the benchmark and all uv products are like that .

Well actually no that’s not the case , and as I said I don’t care what you use I like my fellow team mates demonstrate deercreek tack free uv to folks at shows and each person we show converts because it DOES do what it says on the tin , try it , come along to a show and see for your self ask your local shop to stock it there’s a reason it says tack free and there’s a reason more and more people are turning to it even the usa shops like casters are selling out all time you have to ask your self why …………… 
Team selfie 
The pro team making a short video scott kane is in the shot but because hes quite small the table is in the way 

We were presented with a darn fine lunch of the Most amazing smoked trout ive ever tasted im really sorry I cant remember th  chaps name who smokes it but its bloody amazing , as you can see scott the magpie actually had most of it , well he is a growing laddie nice to see him with his teeth in as well 

Was quite nice to give scott a lesson in tying predator flies as you know he ties a fine yellow dancer but tying predator flies is a whole different kettle of fish nice to see scott taking the lesson seriously 

i was give a load of miniatures for the team so of course I had to keep them safe at the end of the show, where better than my big gypsy proof fly box of course I was accused of trying to keep them all for myself as if I was deaply shocked at this scandalous allegation and that’s  the thanks I get , conans extra whisky glass had already been er borrowed from the table and no one owned up to that one scott kane

So with that another show ends and another highly successful show for deercreek massive thanks to the rest of the pros for a great show and as always deercreeks was the busiest stall over the weekend great job folks