Latest Posts Under: Fly Pattern

Lovely Session

The early evening was hot and sultry and the river low and clear. There were still plenty of mayflies hatching, but strangely the trout were ignoring them. Further up I noticed Blue-winged Olives and the trout were already onto them. I had a little pattern in the box in a size 18, tied with a …

Scruffy Nymph

I got exasperated (again) by trout after trout coming short to all of my mayfly patterns until eventually suspecting that they were chasing and taking lots of the rising nymphs under, on or near the surface, as well as occasional newly hatched duns floating down. A rough representation was tied and next day… instant success, …

Grayling Bug

Here is a cracking grayling bug and one that fishes well in coloured water, exactly the conditions yesterday during the grayling workshop. It is based on a traditional grayling dry fly the Sturdy’s Fancy and was one of Reg Righyni’s favourite flies. I switched this to a nymph added a tungsten bead to get it …

Mohican Mayfly

I’ve managed to get out a few times over the last couple of weeks to make the most of the mayfly hatch when it finally got going. One of the most striking observations of the river is how the conditions are in stark contrast to last year; the flows are continually strong and high and …

Dozens Streaming Off

I’ve fished a bit over the weekend, and having seen some odd flurries of mayfly down on the lower water on Saturday, I went back there again today. The wind was challenging to say the least, but by late morning the mayfly were just starting to come off in ones and twos. After a quick …

Magical Light

Whilst standing on the bridge trying to decide which colour of polaroid lenses would be best for the light conditions I was entertained by a treecreeper working its way up the trunk of a nearby tree. I decided to pay a bit more attention than usual to the water immediately above the bridge and after …

Mayfly pattern

Just back from a weeks holiday fishing the San River, Poland – fishing was hard going, but enjoyed every minute.. My fellow guest Keith Wallington is a brilliant fly tier and it was a joy to watch him tie his realistic spider pattern. He also showed me a mayfly pattern that he tinkering with and …

The Gold Top

This fly has worked well so far this season, even when the grannom are hatching fish will take it. The tuft of Snowshoe Rabbit Foot really help this little fly stand out on the riffley runs… Hook:    Size 16 barbless Body:    Hares Ear Tail:      Optional – hare guard fur Rib:      Fine gold wire Wing:    …

Red Quill

Just got back – terrible homeward journey this evening. Yesterday afternoon, I got a half-pounder on a hackled Red Quill (my own dressing – see below). Saw John Aplin by the river. He recommended a small sedge, twitching it now and then, as described in his recent blog article. I tried it and got a …

Torn Meniscus Cartilage

Due to a torn knee cartilage I haven’t fished since April, but today the lure of the hatching mayfly was too much… I knew I wouldn’t be able to venture far with this dodgy knee, so I selected a spot that had easy access. I was greeted by a wonderful sight of flowering ranunculus and …