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 fibers from dyckers in holland click the video below



OK so those that know me will know i fly free these days and not part of any teams etc etc etc so i can bring you unbiased reviews of stuff i purchase so the story behind my latest purchase is this .

i was looking through my fly boxes and released that i was getting seriously low on one of my go too patterns so as i had a day off work in a few days i decided to quickly nip online and pick up some orange and yellow ep fiber which if i purchased online i would have in time for my days off and fill my boxes with the patterns i needed .

so i went hunting and for the life of me i could not find a decent uk stock of ep fiber in the colors i wanted and to be honest it wasn't weird colors or anything , i was actually shocked at the lack of the stuff from uk suppliers (i know for the united states its a lot easier to get ) so i had sit back and then i remembered dyckers so i headed off over to the site and oh joy absolutely tons of the stuff in every color i could want. 

i had a look for what i needed and placed in the basket (the prices are in euros but you can easily work it out with the aid of google converter) and placed my order very very easy they do direct bank payment or paypal

so i sat back and waited (well i actually went to work) and i was absolutely delighted that it arrived within less than a week , now i know some uk online store that take the same if not longer for stuff to arrive so i was pleasantly surprised .

 oh go on then 
i went back on a few days later as i had fly pattern brain my fiance walked past and looked at me drooling at these at these colors and said "what is wrong with you cant you look at porn on the internet like ordinary blokes " bless her little cottons :-)

so i placed another order and again was delighted to receive in less than a week again and i was able to get some favorites tied up for this years, fishing result below 

dyckers dont just sell ep fiber , far from it they sell a wide range of materials from different manufactures and names you would of heard before including sf fiber which you can see below on there racks , again the thing i love about this is that when i used to shop at orvis i would be stuck with 4 or 5 colors im fairly impressed with there range below  

the i love about these guys is that its pretty much a one stop shop for the predator fly angler and the prices including delivery to the uk aint really that much different from uk sellers or even ebay or amazon and you know they have some pretty cool stuff for the saltwater fly tier as well and a great range of shrimp brushes from ep which again ive struggled to get in the uk . 

some may ask why ep all of a sudden , well actually its not , i have a range of flies in different materials  that do different things , look different in the water etc its quite simply up to now ive not been able to find a good consistent supplier for my needs and my customers , so thanks to dyckers my ep flies are right back on the menu. 

dyckers also do a full range of rods reels and loads of tackle, hooks , clothing etc so head on over and give them your support the website is very user friendly and easy to navigate and tons to look at, i know i will be back fairly often thanks guys fantastic service .

all contact details for dykers are below or click the logo in the side menu on the blog 

 dyckers website


pikesaber 9ft 10wt fly rod


you know sometimes in life you get a real surprise and this rod is one of those times in fact id go so far as to say its a moment that ill never forget when i opened up the black tube to reveal a 4 piece rod that has shaken the foundations of my pike fly fishing , at first i thought id been sent a trout reservoir rod i mean surely such a low cost rod couldn't weigh just a few more grams than my sage xi2 and throw out a line and big fly like the xi2 does .

my first job due to the waters in Scotland being frozen was to get out in the park with a selection of lines and give it a bit of a thrashing without a fly on the end to get the feel of it well although its a 10wt i found my 9wt line cast very easily and comfortably and i got pretty much down to the backing . i was quite onwards and upwards i tried my 10wt Rio striped bass line and hell not only did it get to the backing in only a couple of false casts you could feel the rod wanting to take more no i sat up and took notice that i had something very special in my hands .and it even casted my 20ft lead core leaders with no effort at all i was starting to get that tingling feeling ...

i had to try this on water with big flys after big fish so i headed south to old bury hill estate lakes in surrey i knew that this would be ice free and id be able to get a punt out on the water , so there we were in the middle of this lake casting the most enormous flies i had with me which were 13 inch musky sized flies and this rod absolutely demolished anything i could throw at it i had to marvel at feeling the load points on the cast with a 13 inch fly and watch in shear amazement as the 13 inch fly headed for the horizon with pretty much little effort on my part and it still wanted to take more i must admit to being seriously impressed

features on the rod include

Unique Aluminium Fighting Butt - it looks a but like the death star from star wars but it comes into great effect as when fighting fish (or in my case a fly stuck up a tree from the boat) the butt fits very comftabley into the palm of your hand andthere is a screw in the bottom that you can undo and place weight in to balance the rod if need be

30/40 ton Strengthened Carbon - oh boy is it strong , i managed to pull a punt with 2 anglers to the bank with the rod this rod will have no problem landing the biggest of fish in this country quickly and efficiently

High Grade Cork Handle - a quality cork handle makes all he difference in comfort although they still get dirty but to me theres nothing worse than a nice shinny handle

SIC Line Stripping Rings - no scrimping here either the rings and guides are quality

Unground Blank for extra Strength - does what its says it is strong your not going to explode this on a fish

Spiral Wrap to stop Line Stick - probably why the line just wants to keep going and going

Bag and Rod tube - no short cuts here either a quality bag a very strong tube ideal for the traveling angler , i traveled on the train from Edinburgh endured 2 rush hour tube journeys and it didn't even get a scrape or a dent

keeper ring - this is one thing that really annoys me you pay £600 quid for a sage and theres not a keeper ring for you fly same with a lot of high price rods no keeper ring this has a nice strong keeper ring at the top of the handle perfect

line up dots - how many times have you got the rod out and it takes ages to line all the rings up this the rod has small but easy to see small white dots so your up and ready in seconds .

so all in all this rod has been very well thought out by pike fly anglers and they have come up with probably the best pike fly rod on the market and a great price it really doesn't matter if your looking for an entry level rod or stepping up to the next level this rod will be the only rod you will ever need and at under 200 pounds UK this rod is far better than rods costing 4 times that much i really cannot fault it in anyway , if your a pike fly angler your really need to own one of these . may the force be with you ..5/5 dl

to purchase the next generation of pike fly rod or for more info please click the picture below

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