Tag Archive: fly tying

Aug 31

Types of fly fishing

Even a novice to fly fishing will know at least some of what we’re about to say here, though hopefully you will discover some useful new knowledge as well. In the most basic terms, we use an artificial ‘fly’  to catch fish. We cast  using a fly rod, reel, and specialised weighted line. But to …

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Jul 20

Evolution of Fly Fishing: 7

Fly fishing as we know it in the West today is  said to have originated on the fast, rocky rivers of Scotland and northern England. But precious little except a few fragmentary references were written on  the subject until the publication in 1496 of The Treatyse on Fysshynge with an Angle within The Boke of …

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Mar 26

Andy

Semperfli 6 Finger Scissors Released

<p>In America Singlebarbed’s Sixth Finger Scissors are all the rage, we played with them and loved them for fly tying! We decided we had to get our own versions made and they are now available. These surgical-grade stainless steel fly tying scissors are designed to remain in the hand for the duration of the tying …

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Jan 05

Andy

Semperfli Lever Vise – True Rotary

Semperfli Lever Rotary Vice We wanted a fly vice that was quicker to use at shows and exhibitions and there is no doubt that lever vices are in-vogue and far easier to use. With a simple flick of the lever our hook is in the vice. The Semperfli team worked with their manufacturer to develop …

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Dec 27

Andy

Semperfli Yorkshire Grub Hooks Released

Semperfli Swimming Nymph Hooks Released We tie flies using pretty standard nymph hooks, however one look at the real nymphs in action shows that they are highly mobile and their shapes are not always straight like the traditional nymph and grub hooks we use. This is why the Swimming Nymph hooks and the Yorkshire Grub …

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Dec 23

Andy

Semperfli Weighted Czech Nymphing Hooks Released

Semperfli Weighted Czech Nymph Hooks Released When Czech nymphing quite often a heavily weighted fly is essential to hold bottom and allow the perfect presentation of the full team of czech nymphs. The Semperfli Size 8 weighted Czech Nymph hook is the tool for the job. Pre-weighted at 1.3gm (0.04oz) with a shrimp shaped body …

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Dec 18

Andy

Sandy Dickson Tying The Foam Arsed Blob or FAB

Love them or hate them blobs are an essential piece of the reservoir and lake fly fishermans armoury. This is a simple fly to tie as demonstrated by Sandy Dickson of The Essential Fly. This simple fly is tied using Umpqua U501 Egg Fly Hooks Semperfli Blob Chenille Semperfli Booby eyes Semperfli Nano Silk Of …

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Sep 09

Time for Fly Tying!

According to the newspapers, the UK is about to be hit by Hurricane Katia! Bascially by Monday, we could be facing 70mph winds and 50 ft high waves! So that obviously means fly fishing is off the agenda sadly but remaining ever optimistic its a perfect time to batton down the hatches and get the …

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Jun 13

Andy

Trout Flies – The Trout Fly Historical Backgrounder

First Ever Trout Fly Illustration

What is a Trout Fly? An artificial trout fly or trout lure is a type of fishing lure, usually used in the sport of fly fishing (although flies they may also be used in other forms of angling for example carp anglers use carp flies with standard coarse fishing rods). It can be said artificial …

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Jun 12

Andy

Cape Grading With Grizzle Necks / Grizzly Necks For Dry Flies

So what is the big deal over grizzly necks or grizzle necks for fly tying? Grizzle necks have superb banding makes superb hackles for dry flies. There are Chinese capes and Indian capes HOWEVER these are not generally considered as dry fly hackles in the professional fly tying market. Grizzle capes and grizzle saddles are …

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Jun 10

Andy

Whiting Necks & Whiting Saddles – Understanding the Colors Of Fly Tying Feathers

Fly Tying Whiting Saddle & Whiting Neck Colours When first starting fly tying we often can get confused over the colours, yes black is easy, what is cree, furnace saddle and many of the other colours that are mentioned in many of the fly tying books? Whiting saddles and Whiting necks produced by the Whiting …

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May 10

Andy

Rotary Fly Tying Vice – Fish Bamboo

Rotary Fly Tying Vice

Essential Fly – Fish Bamboo Rotary Vice Now Available at Just £119.50 A superb rotary fly tying vice at just £119.50 in leatherette storage bag. There have been improvements made since we first got hold of this vice with metal knobs for tightening this vice has a gallows, height extender C Clamp for desks and …

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Apr 20

Andy

Enrico Puglisi EP Fibres Alternative Released

Predator Fibres – Fly Tying Body & Winging Material Our Alternative To EP Fibres from Enrico Puglisi Having an action between MARABOU and BUCKTAIL our Predator Fibres are an alternative to Enrico Puglisi’s EP Fibres but much more cost effective as you would expect from The Essential Fly. Predator Fibres are available in 16 colours …

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Mar 30

Andy

Light Penetration In Water Types For Fishermen for Fly Fishing or Lure Fishing

Visible Spectrum

One of the most mis-understood areas in fishing is what happens to light in water. To see a colour we need that colour within the spectrum to be visible on the object we are viewing because we see colour as it is the relection of light on an object. So what is the issue? well …

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Mar 17

Andy

So Why Is CDC Special For Fly Tying and Fishing Flies

CDC Feather Structure

So what is the benefit of cdc feathers for the fly fisherman? Why do cdc flies float so well? This short article examines the benefits of cdc feathers.

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Jan 02

Andy

The Rhyacophila – free swimming larva of a green sedge

Rhyacophila - free swimming larva of green sedge

The Rhyacophila is the free swimming larva of a green sedge and is best fished close to the riverbed. Large, usually green, and always plump, and they don’t build cases or nets. They roam freely about the fast water and they often drift loose, where they are a good food for trout. Find out more and how to imitate this essential trout & grayling food with a well tied simple fly.

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Dec 22

Andy

An Introduction to Fly Tying Tools

As with most crafts and hobbies, fly-tying requires its own range of tools. Each tool is designed to make the practitioner’s life and craft a little easier. Some tools are fundamental like a vice and scissors, optional tools like hair stackers or dubbing twisters are useful depending upon the flies being tied. It is not crucial that the fly tyer obtains every tool listed however each has its own benefits making the job of fly tying practical producing neat, well-tied flies.

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Oct 12

Andy

How Old Is The Art of Fly Tying?

Tying designing fishing flies is an ancient art form. Fishing flies have been “tied” with fur, feather plus natural materials to imitate genuine flies or fly tying to create “dressed” fishing flies like traditional dressed salmon flies over the last centuries. Often people credit Isaac Walton and his 1676 edition of The Compleat Angler as …

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Sep 29

Andy

Pheasant Tail Nymph – the closest you can get to a fly for all seasons

Weighted Pheasant Tail Nymph - A Fly Fishing Fly For All Seasons?

The Pheasant Tail nymphs remains one of the most popular and widely used nymphs world-wide. There is no fly that is a “fly for all seasons” as we have to match the hatch which varies all year, however as most sub-surface food lives close to #the bottom# the weighted Pheasant Tail is probably the closest you can get to a fly for all seasons…………

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May 29

Andy

Tying by Numbers and Catching More Trout

Kick sampling to check insects at River Wye

At the beginning of last year’s trout season, a friend invited me on a fishing trip and assured me that I would need plenty of Large Dark Olive imitations in my box. I set about tying the necessary flies with bodies of dark olive dubbing. However, when he turned up at my house the LDOs I had tied were a totally different colour from his. My expectation of the body colour was nowhere near his Large Dark Olive dry flies………………..

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