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    My first love is wild trout in small wild streams. Though I will fish any river I can.<br />I can tie a fly, just about, and have a bit of a grasp of how the process works.
  1. The two rules that have served me well are "Get one thing right before moving on to the next." e.g. If your rib isn't right don't wind the hackle, undo the rib and get it right. And... "Like in computing. Garbage in garbage out". Get the best materials you can. Along with this trust the person who devised the pattern. If they used a material for a particular property and you use something else your fly will not have that property. This is especially true with hair, particularly deer hair. Better attention to detail = Better fly tying. Cheers, OT
  2. How did they know it was German. If it was from its accent I would have had a lot of other questions for it Cheers OT
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    Helmsdale

    Having escaped the confines of Manchester I'm off to fish the Helmsdale on Saturday. I'll be fishing the association water. Any advice or hot tips (other than make it rain Friday). I would very much like to connect with a silver tourist. Cheers, OT
  4. In simple your leader is not thick/stiff enough to "carry" the fly when you are casting. If you look on good quality, purpose made, spools of tippet material you will see an X number. This should be used to decide the tippet material you are using for a given fly. If you are using a tippet that isn't stiff enough the fly has control of the tippet and goes where it wants: usually into a tangle. The way to work it out is based on hook size. For a light medium wire hook divide the hook size by 3 and add 1 to get the x number you need. So for a size 12 light/medium wire hook (12/3)+1 = 5. The
  5. Just one question; if they were not imported until the late fifties, how did you have them as a kid? "Ducking" OT
  6. You can buy one for about £20, or build one for about £4. Like I said the other way is use 90 second epoxy. It means you have to mix a new batch for each fly but it dries fast. I use it at demos, so I can hand out the fly without waiting for ages for it to dry. It will not run after about 45 seconds. If you are going to use super glue then I recommend using an accelerator, like Zip Kicker, with it. In my experience eyes stuck to deer hair soon come off no matter what you use to fix them. There are two other alternatives. Paint the eyes on. Or do what the salmon fly dressers do - use
  7. That depends on the kind of eyes you want to attach. Weighted dumbbell eyes can be tied on with figure of eight wraps. If you want to add epoxy to really secure them then mix it with a little fine silica sand to help it grip. Teddy bear eyes do need to be epoxied on, and it will run if you don't rotate it. However 90 second epoxy will set fast enough for you to consider rotating them by hand. If you want to make a rotary drier then the motor which turns the plate in a microwave is ideal. (It runs on mains and at the right speed) Find an old microwave and use that. The foam discs that you s
  8. Hello again, i didn't think to mention this before but Greg's post reminded me. The main cause of rods being broken when landing trout is the angle between the tip and the line. Greg is right that the rod should be kept at 90 degrees to the line. When you get on a shorter line hold the rod away from the fish, especially when netting the fish. If 180 degrees is the line straight out from the tip ring, anything over 90 degrees reduces the length of the rod that is flexing. When the fish is close to the net, if your rod hand is close to the net handle, all the flex can be coming from the las
  9. Two things, get them on the reel, and if there is cover use it. Initially after a take you will have to hand line the free line in, but once you have full contact with the fish get all the line onto the reel. I do this by trapping the line to the fish under the index finger of my rod hand and the line to the reel under my little finger of the same hand. Then the other free hand reels in. When I feel the line touch the back of my middle and third finger I know I can let go of the line and use the drag on my reel to play the fish. This is smoother than trying to control the line in your fing
  10. Youtube Video -> I'm not sorry if it makes you cringe. If you forget your glasses forget fishing. Nuff said. Cheers, OT
  11. Yesterday the Mayflies were in full flow, and for the first time the trout ate them. Presuming your water has them, whats your favourite pattern for them? I use one of the Wullf flies mostly, but tied with Wally wings to keep the weight down. (They don't fall over like the hair wings do.) Cheers, OT
  12. Well done indeed. One of the great things about fly fishing is that you don't need a trolley to carry all your gear. I am puzzled about one thing though.. Why would this lead to your sexual amusement ("chuffed")? Is it something to do with the cooking method? If it is I will decline, in advance, any dinner invite. Joking apart, well done, and welcome to the gentle art. Cheers, OT
  13. Hi Ian, Though I don't do this kind of fly fishing I would choose: Rod: sage TCX 10' 7wt Reel: LAW anti reverse Lines: LeWullf Triangle Taper (Floating), AirFlow Di 3 & 7 (sinking), Fast & Slow Glass (intermediate), Rio Midge Tip (Sink Tip) Net: Can't be specific here but there is a man in the North East that makes the most beautiful landing nets. Works out of an old Post Office. Maybe someone can enlighten us. I used to see him at the game fairs. Fly Tying Vice: There is only one choice - LAW Bench Vice. With "C" clamp and extension. If you want proof go to any big fly sho
  14. Alan arrived first at the river and had three or four fish before I joined him. While he got a brew on I had a cast, taking one of the rivers natural population. It was too small to be one of the stockies being only 7 inches long. After refreshment we headed downstream. Soon I was thankful that I had remembered my waterproof. Today the rain was a good thing, adding just a touch of colour to the river, and bringing the trout on the feed. In a deep riffle we came across a number of rising trout. As Alan had had several fish he graciously left them to me. This riffle is close to the bank we
  15. Didn't he? For the sake if taste and decency, I didn't publish the shots that followed! (Or maybe its for blackmail later) OT
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