Monday, 14 July 2014

off course i can tell you were all the pike are



im so darn excited to be able to try one off these rods shortly ive heard so many great things about them from the states they seem to really be able to do the business 

There philosophy

Being out on the water is what makes it all worthwhile.  The idea of Rock River Rods was born from fishing in a variety of situations, talking to fellow anglers, and realizing that there had to be a way to deliver versatility and quality at a fair price.  Let's face it - price does matter, but with angling gear it seems like the gulf between what you pay for and what you get has grown considerably.  We're ready to change that

There process
 We like to tinker.  Every item we offer has been extensively developed, tested, broken down, and re-tested. We like to fish so it doesn't take much to get us out there to try a new rod or a modified reel.  Our products are designed to be used and enjoyed by all abilities - beginner to expert and they are tested exhaustively before they're put into production and brought to market.

There team

We feel that you can never have too much feedback, good or bad, about a product.  We work hard to get input from weekend warriors, guides, pros, and everyday enthusiasts.  We are currently the only fly fishing rod manufacturer to offer a true pro-model rod and actively seek the advice, ideas, and musings of other anglers who share our passion and drive.  This expanding team helps ensure that while we aren't reinventing the wheel, we're definitely building a better mousetrap

There goal

Ultimately, we hope that you enjoy fishing with our gear and you keep going back for more... because shouldn't fishing be about having fun

I can live with that philosophy

Tying 101

Return of the maribou

Kicking back with some pretty easy streamer designs with marabou and gator eyes can’t really do much wrong with these and they certainly catch a lot of fish for clients , the eyes are sealed with a coat of diamond hard uv  often copied never bettered and still tack free ……..

Ok ill be the first to admit im not a massive fan of these fishheadz things but I thought id give em a go on some marabou flies and on first glance they actually look ok but I suppose the proof is in the casting which I shall be doing next week with a bit luck be really interested to see how they work in action I need to make a few more as the destroyer is fishing with me so he will want some no doubt lol

Whats a fly without decent eyes , I really love the steelhead eyez from deercreek , ok well we aint got steelhead in the uk , but they are great for roach patterns , and when your doing quite a generic simple pattern with marabou feathers its just what you need to spice the fly up and give it a target point for predators , now I will say here and know deercreek have always been the world leaders in fly eye technology and just bear in mind when you buy inferior eyes, there eyes have been extensively tested  by the pro team not just copied and printed and sold with no regard to how they work or look

New hookage 

Oh yes my new hooks have arrived these are 7/0 and designed for using when making big baitfish patterns , the balance for getting hooks just right is actually quite critical to how the fly moves in the water a thing a lot of so called 10 min experts in pike fly tying experts forget , you see a fly (I always wonder about calling it a fly)  has to move in a specific way to emulate a baitfish , for example , if your trying to emulate a wounded baitfish in the water , the last thing you want is a hook that’s too heavy because all that’s going to do is sink really quickly and look unnatural as you try and strip and pause it through the water .

Imaging a pike sitting there mid water and it sees what it perceives as a struggling or dying bait fish you really need to have that fly stopping and pausing before it slowly starts sinking before you strip and pause it again to try and get the interest of that fish and hopefully get it to strike, so imaging that situation with the pike but with 2 very different hooks, have a look below at the picture 

These 2 hooks are pretty much the same in essence except one is offset, now if you were using the hook on the left your fly would drop very slowly on the pause , whereas the one on the right would sink like a stone when you paused simply because it weighs twice as much as the one on the left so what pike sees is either a natural looking fish pattern or something which looks very unnatural when it stops and drops fast , because remember hooks don’t have swim bladders do they , so its really something to think about when tying big bait fish patterns , its not just a case of chucking some material on a hook you have to think about how its going to behave and how hook weight will effect the movement of the fly in the water …..Think like a fish folks, of course the pike may not give a rat’s arse but it could give you the edge on a hard day

Off course you could just go through every fly in the box like I do sometimes but I just love seeing the flies in the water 

A big shout out to

Gabriel Orellana Mancilla
The happiest fly angler ive ever seen 

Gabriel is yet again taking em down in Belgium on my flies , hes just a catching machine just now, so delighted to stick his picture on the blog and nice to see a great realise picture for a change no doubt will be seeing a lot more of his flsh on my flies on the page …………….gliss and glint plus rocks

His message to me

Hey dave lindsay  your flies are fukking good! Thanks mate!!!!

Pretty much says it all

Give me a fishing spot wont tell honest

On one of the many facebook groups I belong too a shall we say discussion arose about people naming waters and people wanting to know where to fish , well to be honest its really cheating a bit isn’t it I mean bloke a gives bloke b a place to fish and even the exact spot where bloke a had a great days fishing with x amount of fish , now bloke b turns up at that spot the bloke a told him about on facebook and catches a few fish , bloke b thinks hes a great angler er no

What the bloke should have done was to do a google search i.e Scottish lochs and get a result like below 

Now me posting this is nothing controversial and im giving nothing away that isn’t public domain but what you see is over 25 lochs in one small area, so what bloke b should of done is picked a water find out any relavant info tickets etc and turn up , find pikey looking areas , find baitfish, chuck in fly , lure or bait and have a go I mean it aint really rocket science is it

Google search an area find a loch and do the bloody legwork if you want to just turn up catch a fish and be an instant angler turn up to a stocked trout fishery pay your money and catch a fish, if you want to be a real angler do the legwork get out on the bank use your watercraft (if you have any) , I once fished a water in Derbyshire for 6 months because I had a felling it would have a decent fish in it , I chucked fly after fly into that stinking pond and then one day I caught a 20lb fish from it , that one moment made every single cast into that place worth it because my instinct had been right the legwork had been worth it I never fished that place again , I got the maps out and moved on . that is the thrill of the chase and the pleasure  of the catch , would I have got that if I had been told where to go …….no don’t think so get the maps out people especially in scotland you could use up a lifetime searching them that’s being an angler .

Do you really think if youd done that amount of work on a water youd stick it up on a social media site, jesus Christ no, the next weekend youd have the buckfast brigade all over the place leaving all manner of crap on the banks or worse having some cultures turning up emptying the place and eating all the fish believe me ive seen it happen and it aint pretty think on people its your sport

Im going to sign of with a picture of a rock n roll trout fly tier having a sleep at my place to avoid embarrassment about sleeping in a my little pony duvet im not going to you it’s the destroyer 

Tight lines and happy tying folks
(a cave in scotland)

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