FLY TYING TIMES
so this week has seen me playing about with something different , well actually after my foray into trout last week i got home and decided that i really needed to sort out my trout flies , thing is i have loads of bloody boxes of various sizes and various flies in them in no particular order and to be honest my trout stuff is pretty much shoved in a grab and go bag .
so after i got back from my trip i was clearing out the bag as i had some bits of rubbish in there (always take your rubbish home no excuse to leave it , you got it out your bag you can put it back in) and i came across my maggot flies in a box at the bottom of the bag and im thinker bugger i wish id seen those so it was pretty much straight down to Edinburgh angling center to purchase some new boxes , i settled on these slim boxes and set to work filling them up , well actually i only got a couple of small boxes swapped over and had to go to bed , seriously i couldn't believe how long it took to transfer flies over .
so anyway i thought to myself im going to have to whip up a few new flies as i now have the space even after i emptied all my boxes so i thought yea do some more so i though yea more maggots , can never have enough maggots so id put a picture up on facebook and fellow blogger cez from pike and slippers blog http://www.pikeandslippers.com said he wouldn't mind trying them on his local river so because i know him im like yea cool will send you a couple up but them of course i remembered his sidekick Rachel so id pretty much have to do 2 of each for the pair of them or they would just disappear into her box . so i set upon the task
actually maggot flies are fairly easy to make , here is a short video on how to do em
i keep saying it but im a fan of products that work and im a massive fan of deercreeks uvs they really do cure tack free if you want to try it the links are on the side menu you wont be disappointed.
so back to the job in hand cez and Rachels maggots , well i actually went a little overboard
and thought well ill do them some bugz that have done well for me before so knocked out a couple of pink maggots
and then i thought well actually the green robo buzzers with the green wire used to be quite cool as well so did a couple of them for then
then i thought what about with black heads yea thats cool give em a couple of those as well
oh and then i remembered the red and white robo buzzers i used to do really well on the roach and grayling , oh hell couple of them as well
and as we speak they should have them in there hand by now and hopefully catching some fish fairly soon tight lines guys
ok so received some new hooks from nick at deercreek and i have to say im quite impressed , the last hooks i tried were the fulling mill predator hooks and was like there African made flies less than impressed and pretty much binned them as being totally not up to the job , so it was nice to see a better quality hook from the folks at ahrex who obviously know what there fishing for , as i understand they are of Scandinavian origin and clearly know what there talking about when it comes to hooks
i like the quality of these hooks and are not in the least flimsy and bendy like a lot of so called predator Aberdeen's can be , these also have a nice gape even on the 1/0 and although obviously very strong they are also very light im bloody impressed actually and will be looking to try there saltwater hooks also as im sure they will be of the same quality
oh and there bloody sharp
so with a little time om my hands i decided to make a few for my own boxes
because i find fly tying very therapeutic and i love to see things develop on the hooks , im often flattered by the messages i get but you know as the sun goes down im just a guy who enjoys what he does and passing that info over to others , theirs so many dick head wannabes and know it alls in this game and i really cant be arsed with these people
you know many years ago i had a phone call from this chap who had seen some of my flies long before all the synthetics became abundant and wanted to know where i got my materials from and in return promised me some free materials and stuff so i could tye flies and put them on my blog and stuff and you know getting free material for me was fantastic as i had a crap job at the time and my wages were only just covering the bills so this meant i wouldn't have to worry to much about finding funds for new materials great i thought , well how wrong i was.
once he had the info i was never called or emailed again by this fat parasite who actually has done over a few people to get where he is now pretty shocking really but you live and learn and i have a long memory .
and you know theirs the flip side to this because shortly after that i met nick from deercreek and he has constantly stood behind me and sent me stuff to try and that why ill always recommend his product because hes a straight talking down to earth guy with a down to earth family business so thats why i have the links in the side menu to help him as he helped me, nick hats of to ya pal you deserve all that you have achieved without the need to stab people in the back , any way i digress
summer is rapidly creeping up on us and i need to fill a couple of spaces in the box and this pattern is my go to saltwater fly for pretty much anything that swims around our shores
a cracking wee fly that can be fished in among the kelp for the Pollock that live there or is just at home on sandy beaches for flatfish or even sea trout these catch em all oh and fly fishing for mackerel these are awesome , a great all round fly .
this fly actually is also very good on canals and has accounted for some fine perch as well ( although not by me ) and a great little natural pattern that isn't to complicated to tie and catches fish and after all thats what its all about the old adage keep it simple works well for a reason .
anyway so while i was digging through boxes i came across a box of stuff i had forgotten about , i seriously dont know how i do that but anyway i found it and it had lots of cool bits and pieces in it and this got me to thinking i should start tying the traditional american streamer again , now ive always had an interest in these flies as they are so nice to tie and can be done in so many variations .
i actually call these my therapy flies as i tye huuners of pike flies every year and design many more so this is my escape , although these flies are nothing new and have been around for many many years in fact a potted history can be found here
i just like to tye them for myself and sometimes fish them , maybe i should fish them more actually and dont really see a lot of uk anglers using them although there widely used in the states for trout but then the uk has always been a little behind the usa in techniques and no doubt heads would turn and mumblings of discontent would be heard from the tweed set if you turned up on a chalk stream with these
so below is an example of some that came of the vice recently and to be honest i think im going to need a new fly box to keep em in oh jesus what have i started .
a simple pattern in classic perch catching colors
the heads are finished with deercreeks uv fine and its a perfect combination for these flies to be honest and they give me the perfect head , in planning on experimenting with these to see what i can come up with , and the uv will be high in the ingredients list , i know i keep going on about it but i only use the best in my tying and deercreeks uv is simply the best out there , far superior to the likes of bug bond (actually cant stand the stuff ) .
classic little stickleback pattern all natural
another classic color like the gold shaft on this and this is a colour combo i think im going to develop (stay tuned )
one of my favorites of the session was this one above a classic kinda rainbow trout colour with the twist of fake jungle cock which even my brother ken (half man half muskie) capsey liked and well lets face it if brother ken likes it then im onto a winner lol
this however is my favorite , mix of blue and white with subtle hints of flash and a black head (this is just black thread with a head of deercreeks builder uv, quite an amazing uv and make bloody perfect heads if you haven't tried it then i strongly suggest you do you wont look back
click on the link below to go to deercreeks website
so thats that for now i have to go back to work , but next time ill have even more flees and ive received a great new uv torch so will have a tying demo video , this thing is really the dogs stay tuned
(a cave in Scotland)