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November 26, 2018

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November 26, 2018

My Polar Prawn started as an experiment to make the Francis Fly a little more realistic. Since then it has been quite successful, both as a fishing fly and as a popular choice for a Ladies Brooch.

The flies here are Sz8 and Sz12. They are tied on Fulling Mill Magni hook...

November 25, 2018

Today we have a sneak peek at another of my own fly boxes - many people prefer these to the 'usual glamour' photos as they get a real picture of a a set of flies. This box is the second of three I took to Alaska this summer.

From left to right we have Realistic Mice*, W...

November 24, 2018

Today we have a custom batch of Wasp and Canary Snaelda ordered by a client with precise requirements for his river. It's great fun to listen to an experienced angler describe exactly what they want and then sit down at the vise and make it come to life!  The other cha...

November 22, 2018

The Sunray Shadow was designed by Ray Brooks in the 1960s to catch Atlantic Salmon on the Laerdal River in Norway. Another fly that is simple to tie but an absolute killer once the salmon will come to the surface. The fly essentially comprises a long hair wing (fox, mo...

November 18, 2018

The Flash Fly is relatively easy to tie, exceptionally tough and long lasting, and probably the single most productive fly for Coho Salmon. In August, it's the 'go-to' - the first fly to try in most locations. It can be tied in different colours including black, purple...

November 17, 2018

One of the things I've been working on is my consistency - being able to produce identical flies. It's one of the things stressed by the Fly Dressers Guild certificates and if you have not used the scheme I would highly recommend it as a way to improve your tying. It m...

November 15, 2018

Next week I will be teaching the 'Illuminated Caddis' to a class at my local Guild branch. The fly is my own design, but with components taken from the Lifeboat Caddis, the standard Deer Hair Caddis, a flash underwing I learned from a fellow tyer at BFFI and a reversed...

November 14, 2018

Another 12 Fuchsia Popsicles for my Alaska box!

The Fuchsia Popsicle is a longstanding Alaskan classic that developed from the Alaskabou series of flies. Alaskabou flies were developed by George Cook in the 1980s when he was guiding in the Bristol Bay area. Originally t...

November 4, 2018

A Trio of Shrimps lightly garnished with Sparkles.

I've posted some of my Sparkle Shrimps before, but this shot nicely shows the three primary colours. Anthony Route said in Flies for Alaska that the shrimp is a staple diet for Pacific Salmon and his top three colour...

November 3, 2018

Russian Missiles! A box of heavy tubes I tied for my trip to the Russian Kola Peninsula in early June this year.

From left to right we have large Copper Cascades, Flash Willy Snaeldas, small Copper Cascades, Russian Rogies and three Red Devil Snaeldas. On top of the fly...

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