September 12, 2018


I was contacted by an angler looking for a new fly design, for a shallow Scottish spate river where the fish strongly favour yellow. Having shared my fly template with him, he chose a Snaelda type design all in yellow. Crucially, he needed the fly to be lighter than n...

September 12, 2018

I was facebooking with a fellow angler who was telling me about his river. He'd worked out that purple and yellow were the two most favoured colours but had never really found an effective fly that combined the colours with the right weight and shape. Always game for a...

May 11, 2018

 I am busy tying for Russia at the moment and as it's an early season trip - first week of the Spring Run, I'm preparing a number of heavy flies, starting with this Willy Gunn Snaelda variant which I've christened 'Flash Willy. The fly uses alot of Orange Krinkle Flash...

May 11, 2018

I'm off to Kola, Russia soon, so having Spey casting lessons to brush up my Single Spey, Double Spey, Snap T, Snake Rolls and everything else. You never practice with a real hook so for lesson 1 we did the usual - tying on a bit of wool. And as usual, it kept falling o...

May 11, 2018

I fished as a boy. But school, college, and then a job filled my life. In my late twenties I was hard at work, with a pregnant wife. Angling was a distant memory, golden days of youth, fishing off the pier.

My son was born, my wife returned to work and we needed a nan...

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