Wednesday, 29 August 2018

happy trails

HAPPY TRAILS 
  
off chasing muskys in the states with brother ken in vermont 


see ya all in a few weeks 


its going to be messy  



Monday, 6 August 2018

hello america good to be back

greetings from the cave 

well really is it that time already , where does the time go hell knows , i have been busy with the pressures of 12 hour shifts and trying to balance work / home / tying / fishing life which aint easy , so i decided i needed to take some time out and i was long overdue a return visit to brother ken over in vermont so flights have been booked and off chasing musky , smallies and pike 1st week of sept oh what a blast that will be if its anything like last time .


although its not been easy sailing , far from it because ive opted to travel from Edinburgh for the cheapest fairs it means i have to fly from edinburgh to chicago and have an 8 hour wait for a flight to montreal then a short hop down to the us border where brother ken is , now this is where the plan slightly comes apart as my flight lands at 11pm and the last bus is at 11:30 pm , now im pretty sure that im not going to be cleared customs and collecting luggage and finding said bus stop in 30 mins so could be a night in the airport unless theres somebody in montreal who wants to earn a few bucks by giving me a lift down to the us border at vermont then please give me a mail dlindsay28@googlemail.com , otherwise it will be a night in the airport but hey thats how it goes and i dont really mind sure ill be able to get some grub and some coffee , but im hyped for doing this and really cant wait to get other and see ken and his family and other buddys over there .

so at the vice tying big ol musky flies 


these things are nuts and how much fun to tye , these are triple articulated with deerhair heads and tons of feathers and should work exactly as i want the to , but seriously these flies are absolutely addictive to tye so will no doubt have a box full by the time i go over :-)   


smallies on the brain 

ok so i needed some crease fly type flies for my trip as i did very well last time i was over there with the smallies on the winooski river and ken has said he is taking me to a couple of new spots doing some wet wading for them , which by the way is my favorite thing ever , such a cool way to fish for them .

so i needed to source some bits and as im not really sponsored by anyone i can prettymuch do as i please so did a quick google search and i came across jerkbaitmania who i have known about previously so decided to place an order and have to say was well impressed with not only delivery but quality of goods so please check em out and support the independent guys www.jerkbaitmania.co.uk  



the crease fly foam is actually really nice and has a great scale like appearance and comes in a range of colours and at the moment ive made so many i need a new fly box for em great stuff lol


a few things from the foam 



these patterns are pretty cool and i coat the flies with a layer of epoxy these things really slayed for me last time i was over there so i expect these will also do the trick , more to follow shortly 


was also quite impressed the jerkbaitmania also sell my favorite fastach fly clips , ive been using these for a few years now and have so far been the most reliable i have used

all at sea  


so headed out on a boat trip from st abbs a few weeks ago with a slightly different set up which consisted of my bucktail patterns lowered to the bottom of the north sea and jigged around for cod and pollock , i do these in a wide range of colours and serious amounts of fish are being caught on the east coast with these things but these are not only good for saltwater they are great for fresh water fish as well especially perch they really eat these things with gusto 


and you can also fish these on lrf rods as well as fly rods as the epoxy heads give them just enough weight to be cast and jigged off the bottom bellow is a few examples of the patterns , these are made with size 2/0 hooks but they can be made anysize.




cod love em 


proof is in the eating folks 



so on the way back in after a very successful day with a lot of cod and my flies outfished everything else on the boat cant go wrong with that 

more catches on my fluff 

ok so the proof of the pudding is in the catch so congrats to these guys on some fine fish




fly tying 



you know i love tying flies and tye thousands a year and its a delight to see folks catching on them , all my patterns are unique and custom blended most of the time and i enjoy every part of the process from a snippet of an idea in my head to seeing the finished product 



some are pretty straightforward some like the musky flies are tie consuming and need a lot of patience to get the perfect results but love it and its what keeps me going and i love my zen place  


 finally a late addition called views from another planet 
i cannot believe i walked into my local angling center and was wandering around when i spotted this , ok so we all like a big flashy fly but jesus christ this feckin awful pigs breakfast costs £10.00 uk yup you heard right 10.00 uk pounds thats like 12 us dollars . fulling mill are you having a laugh that is the most absurd rip off ever, ten quid for a pike fly what planet are you on, and you know the other thing is i saw a really small sea trout fly with a grubby bit of jungle cock on for nearly a fiver , really your taking the piss for such crap quality . these people are really from another planet 

as ive always said shop with a local tier , there are thousands of us out there just check facebook pages for local guys who tie not just pike but there is some talented guys out there for trout , salmon ,saltwater you name it theres a local guy that will supply you for a much fairer price , heres how to do it on facebook or instagram .

1- see a picture of a fly you like 
2 - message the guy who posted/ tied it expressing an interest in buying one 
3-  do the deal 
4- get a locally tied fly that the person who tied it actually fishes for the species it was made for 
5- avoid african made shit that falls apart after a few fish 

even if that person dosnt sell them he will know somebody who does 
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or here is an idea , how about local tackle shops supporting local tiers by stocking there flies 

whatever you dont buy african made shit at 10 quid a fly 

if your looking for a tyer i can point you in the right direction just message me and ill forward you to somebody either in the uk , europe or the usa who is nor african

VIVA THE REVOLUTION


box of big flies not made in africa  


all handmade in a cave in scotland need flies message me 


fook you african made flies 
mcfluffchucker
(a cave in scotland)


Sunday, 10 June 2018

life in the cave

 CAVE LIFE AND NEVER ENDING STUFF TO DO 

ok so still going strong been an incredibly busy couple of months with orders going out to shops and guides and all corners of the globe and with my day job between things can get left behind   

so a brief summery 


some stuff heading out to a guide with my custom wiggle tails 


new perchy type patterns have been doung the buisness 


my big tail flies have also been causing a stir with local esox populations 


4/0 and 2/0 hooks 100 of each for a monster clouser order for a private customer which has kept me busy  

and of course playing with my fibre which has been selling well 




so its been a hellava ride the last month or so 


metal in the cave 



so the result of a few days in the cave working fingers to the bone , however i did manage to get out for a few hours with a good friend to the awesome raith lake fishery over in fife take a look 


a nice rainbow of a couple of pounds on a shrimp fly 


which was a bout all that was happening for a few hours as there was a very sharp drop in temperature so i broke out the fast sink line and a big white streamer  


which proved the right thing today as it resulted in this new personnel best rainbow trout of 8lb 2 oz so i was well chuffed and even better when its caught on one of your own flies 


pascal the guide from switzerland has also be catching a few early season pike up in the lakes on wiggle tails 


and finally cod yup cod to a friend ian from a kayak of the east coast of Scotland these jig flies are certainly doing the business a few of the patterns are show below and will shortly be available to purchase on the blog  check the flies for sale tabs at the top as they will be added in the next week work permitting so below is an example of the jigs ive been making for folks all on 6/0 hooks and around 4 to 5 inchs long and yes they can also e used on lure rods as well as fly rods 

these have been catching all sorts in saltwater and freshwater and have to count as the most versatile fly ive ever made if it eats fish these will catch it 

  

 so not much else going on except busy in the cave but have a few things in the offing so check back for 
new wiggle tail colors 
new hooks
jig flys  

thanks again for checking by 


mcfluffchucker

a cave in scotland