Saturday, 9 June 2012

the joy of summer

Well been somewhat busy lately, hence no posts and doesn’t time fly when you’re well busy, unfortunately it hasn’t involved any fishing due to crap weather, I mean what’s up with the weather just now I mean were in June and it still feels like bloody winter really strange year so far and to make things worse I managed to drop a pack of hot orange beads (for perch flies) in my hot chocolate drink, well there you go right there if it was the weather it should be for this time of year I wouldn’t be drinking hot chocolate id have a nice cold water on my desk which by the way the packet of beads wouldn’t of fallen into the bottle top and even if they did they wouldn’t make the same kind of mess as the picture below , and to add insult to injury one lonesome bead had fallen into the cup which , yes you guessed it I swallowed ………

So the main reason I’ve been quite on the blog is the new hook myself and an old buddy have launched has been doing very well and with all new baby’s it needs tender care and plenty of hours work  if you wish to check us out we are here

  It was kinda strange having to tie all this small stuff for the site as ive not done it for a while it’s all been big predator stuff so delving  back through my coarse fly boxes for patterns was an eye opener

I really enjoyed doing the small ant patterns on the carp talons these have always been great for roach especially the one with red tag and also had a few grayling with that one great pattern

Of course when it comes down to fly fishing for coarse species one of the best flies you can get is a plain old maggot pattern yup there pretty much no fish that won’t snap up the old maggot when it floats by, you can either fish this just floated down a river or stream or fish it in slow moving waters or lakes under a float indicator or inched back dead slow along the bottom , the great thing about this pattern is that by using a very thin coating of deercreeks tack free uv gives it a slight wet look which in the wild is very natural but overall a great fly and having a few in your box will help save the day especially on slow days give em a try oh and did I tell you they are a killer on trout waters in the uk ………J
Back to the meat and potatoes

Just really messing around with a few pike patterns based on the Bart o minnow mixing up a few martials just for fun .off course playing with patterns is great but as always work gets in the way and I have to get some flies made for a client this time in the form of some big crease flies, with crease flies for pike I like to toughen them up a bit, because if I just left them stuck together with the adhesive they would only last a couple of fish before being ripped apart but by using a good glue that goes rock solid like croc glue and by gluing them together with croc glue you get a solid and longer lasting crease fly as you can see I use plastic pegs to hold them together while the glue expands , if I didn’t use pegs the glue expanding would just push the sides apart this is a cheap and easy way to hold the 2 sides together
These below are tail less versions and to be honest it really makes no difference if it has a tail or not the only time I usually stick tails on is when I need bigger snax to give the illusion of something bigger, but these work very well especially on sinking lines in deep water inched along the bottom deadly, I love em   
A larger version with a little tail and a bigger eye the hook is a 6/0 the creasers above are on 4/0s
Below is the view of my desk im still busy at it, I do weather pending have a couple of days booked fluff throwing but it all depends on the weather but im really itching at the bit to get out hopefully next week will be good the long range forecast is looking ok so fingers crossed
My son visits me quite often in the cave , plenty of things for him to look at and of course sowing the seeds for a future fly tier I really hope he gets an understanding wife ……………

Have fun
(a cave in Scotland

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