Thursday, 27 December 2012


Green Samurai. It has a really overdubbed head which Frodin calls a sculpin head. It has fantastic movement with a sparse long wing.

An Arachnid in a Black Stoat pattern.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012


Heres a fly I've always liked the look of, a Phatagorva. Its a Mikael Frodin variation of the original templedog by Hakan Norling. One of my favourites, not too flashy and nice and subtle. First time tying it, needs a few tweaks but happy with it.


Another Hairwing I tied a few days ago. Just getting used to the materials. Foxy tails stuff is fantastic to tie with.

Saturday, 15 December 2012


Myself and Ronan went for some casting practice. Ronan is using his 14ft Lpxe with Rio 9/10 AFS head and Rio running line. Nippy but a beautiful evening. I stuck to my single hand stuff and Im trying to get my double haul in order, aswell as just gaining more proficiency with the single hander. I was using my Lpxe 10ft #8 with a Rio windcutter #8. Really nice setup and makes a change from the spey stuff. Still have alot of bits to iron out but its very enjoyable, think Ronan was fairly keen on the setup!

Heres another Arachnid I've tied up, its a variant of the thunder spey which is a beautiful fly.

xs tubing, blue
copper holo tinsel
silver ice dub
xs silver tungsten cone
Blue grizzled FF soft hackle
Orange dyed Guinea fowl
Jungle cock (Its now officially finished, no more on the cape!)
xs silver turbo disc.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Spey Basics

I was out with a local angler this morning trying a few lines on his Echo SR switch. I went through a few basics of the spey cast and I thought it best to show the proper instruction of the fundamentals. Here are some great teaching methods by Robert Gillespie.


Friday, 7 December 2012

Where's me trout rod?

Stunning video, scenery is amazing. Makes me wanna start tying the real imitaton flies again!

Sunday, 2 December 2012


Heres some flies I tied today and its an idea I have for smaller flies. Basically no hairwing in the tying of a modern hairwing fly. A salmon spider, or arachnid! I think it suits these smaller flies and I will see how they fish for me next season. The possibilities for patterns are endless, looking forward to tricking around with them more and experimenting a bit.