well happy 2015 or have i already said that this year hmmmm anyway dear readers so were into February already and the first tepid steps towards being out on the water chasing fish again seem to be that much closer , well providing i can get the time off work , isnt that just the curse of the angler work pfffft but yea have a few things planned already so looking ok for that .
so tying wise, well despite not being overly active on the blog (and thanks to all those who mailed to actually see if i was OK , that's very much appreciated) i have been doing a fair bit of tying through January ', but these have been bespoke ties so ive been unable to show pictures of them ive also been trying out some new combos of colors and blending and of course doing what i do as part of the deercreek pro staff family some of which you can see below ...enjoy
beauty in shades of purple
belly-agean blue - gliss n glint plus
back -midnight majik - gliss n glint plus
flash- electric blue angel hair
thread- clear mono
im starting to get a bit of an obsession with flatwing type flies that im seriously looking forward to trying these out on the local pike population , yea i know technically a sandeel is a saltwater fish but i had a day on the local where i was trying out some deercreek sandeel heads and i just nailed pike after pike on them so im thinking that the pike may actually thing they were freshwater eels so keen to try the longer thinner patterns out , im sure i may get a few short strikes on them but i think these are light enough to be completely inhaled at 8 inchs , time will tell but ive already half filed a box with them so bloody better work
mixing it up
been mixing up the gliss and glint plus with superhair and enjoying the results , the flies above i placed in water to show the profile to a client who wanted some 6 inch bait fish for canal fishing and lets face it you wont go far wrong with these on canals
A COUPLE OF RAINBOW TROOTS
again gliss n glint plus is again always on the menu , if you haven't tried it you really should amazing stuff , again watch out for cheap copies out there there's some real rubbish hitting the market these days and to be fair use what you like but why use copies when you can use the original for the same price as the uninspiring cheap copies and also worth thinking about that we have been field testing this stuff for at least a year before its on the market and on real fish buy it here at deer creek leaders in synthetic materials
hand sized pike snaks these are incredibly light and the shimmer they give of in the water has to be seen to be believed quite nice flies for those over stocked troot puddles
same idea with the trout but just eased up on the color, so a more muted effect and a larger eye
these perch are heading out to the states where yellow perch are the main source of food in this customers particular lake system, again gliss and glint plus rules the roost when it comes to innovative colors and flash none better
big and bad and mixed up
ok so another order, im ok to show the flies (i always ask first) these have been custom made to a specific recipe that came to me in an email . i kinda got what he wanted but just tweaked it slightly to maximize movement and hollow tied the pink gliss and glint in at the head for added body without the extra weight , the original design called for what i thought were too large saddle hackle so i made a proto type (above) and sent the picture to the customer, i didn't hear anything back until a couple of days later when he replies holy f**k dude that's sick thanks man .......so i guess it hit the spot , don't usually fool around with customer patterns but thought i could give him a better fly and well if he didn't like it i could have just kept it myself .......
GHOST HOT CORE
tied on a 6/0 and using snow white gliss and glint plus and red flash under the head , this hot core is my take on the classic red and white pattern lure that catches so many fish around the world , a fly that does really well for me and tied with the minimum of materials the movement is out of this world hot cores are great flies and work well in all sizes
just indulging myself in some big bad bucktail patterns , one of those flies that well , i just stuck my hook in the vice and said hmmmm what to tie and the result is above , big fly as well hoook eye to feather tip is 10 inches
when ive had the time ive been playing with new ideas for pike flies like these below
these flies have long been in use for American stripped bass and i always though they may be quite good for pike so i knocked up a few to try , initially i thought they make suffer from short strikes but as i was tying them i was thinking they may more likely get inhaled but the proof will be in the fishing and trial and error i think , still i think they look sexy anyway and failing that ill chuck em in the salt for pollock :-)
ok so this weekend is the bffi , the big fly tying show in engerland , sadly this year im not going to be there as i couldn't get the time of work and i have my son over but in my place they have markus hoffmeister , Chris rawle and some spangle called scott kane on tiers row along with some baldy heided stockie basher called andy "love you long time" saunders so that should just about make up for me not being there ha ha ha ha ha, anyway get over and say hi to the guys and if you say "hello our glourious leader to the deer creek boss nick write im reliable informed he will give you a couple of m and ms :-) just do it , it will make his day .
my next outing will be at the absolutely awesome fly fest in cumbria so i look forward to seeing you there ,m last year was a blast with the deer creek crew and this year promises to be the same and ill be offering free one on one tying lessons show casing the best in deer creek gliss and glint plus , gator eyes and diamond uv resin if youd like a go just say hello .
and soon be time to go chasing pikes again happy days flinging fluff
(a cave in scotland)