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Dry flies to Match the Hatch!

At the moment the Blue wing olive’s are still hatching and the August duns are putting in a show so here are the Three flies that i’ve been using mostly to cover the hatch!

Nothing special but they work!

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On the trout’s menu right now!

Well  at the moment the large dark olives are on the trout menu because that’s all that’s bloody hatching at the moment with these wild winds and mad cold weather that has stuck with us. Please give us a break and move on winter weather, its spring for god sake!

The hatches have been starting around half 12 and going on for an hour to an hour and half at most, so be ready because it’s over before you now it!

These are  patterns that ive been using for the last few weeks on the river and they have been very successful.

Olive Emerger.

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Olive dun below.

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Check out a few trout that  have been enticed by these patterns in the last few weeks.

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Stalker News – The Fly Tidy

The Fly Tidy

Recently I’ve been doing hell of a lot of fly tying, I’ve been using a fly tying system that a friend of mine has devised to give the fly tier a cleaner work space. My usual fly tying workspace is a mess, a table which is tucked away in an old unused room of my house. Although it does the job, it could be a lot better.

After searching the web I found many fly tying systems which look solid and good, but not what I wanted. Most were wooden, oak, heavy and clumbersome. If I got one of the ones I saw my tying would have been confined to one room, something im not a fan of as I like to move around tying in the living room whilst watching TV at night.

I spoke to a good friend of mine who put me in touch with Lee to get The Fly Tidy  – A food grade plastic tray, which houses all my fly tying tools and vice and all the on hand materials I may use in one night. It has a raised platform which holds tools, see the picture below, and a work base which is inset around 2cm, this came in hand why I dropped my bag of tungsten beads! It helped stop the beads from rolling from the desk and kept all my material safe from blowing off. I like the white plastic, it gives a great contrast against the small flies I sometimes tie, it also helps when searching for cut off wire or tinsel which is sometimes very hard to see!

Below is an image of the fly tidy with no tools. It weights under a kilo so is easy to load up and move to tie.

The fly tidy front shot

My loaded fly tidy. The workstation is ideal for storing tools, fly clips and a regularly used varnish or bug bong.

Using the fly tidy

The food grade plastic is great when fly tying glues are spilled, being highly resistant to corrosive materials glues such as super glue, bug bond and varnish simply whip or crack off once dry. I find the plastic keeps material to the tray and stops things like marabou blowing from the work station.

I’ve actually used this tray on my lap whilst watching TV, the solid flat station is great for resting on your legs, all that needs to be done is the vice ehad adjusted to the perfect angle for tying. Im actually contemplating taking the fly tidy away on my fishing trips, I mean how many times have you search fro a table to clamp your vice? The base is already built in with this and will keep the room much tidier.

To check out the fly tidy visit Lee’s site here – THE FLY TIDY – Im impressed!

Popping into my local fishing store, Harvey Angling.

Well due to the rivers being all in flood after this awful weather we have been having, I thought i’d sort the tying gear out and check over my tackle to make sure i’ve got everything ready for when this weather buggers off and gives us Fishermen a chance to wet a line.

Having a bit of time on my hand after going over everything I thought i’d go and visit my local tackle shop to stock up on leaders and tying materials for the coming grayling season 🙂 exciting times!!!.

Here is a link below to the shop and they are also on facebook as Harvey angling so please check them out and  add a like 🙂http://www.cliff-harvey-angling.co.uk/ It’s a great family run business and very helpful in every way. Gareth the son has recently taken over the shop from cliff retiring after a good many years. The shop has now gone under major overall and stocking a wide range of materials for all kinds of anglers.

Getting back to the goodies.

In the past i’ve been paying around £10 for the hends camou french leaders but with Gareth they are the cheapest i’ve seen being £5.49. what a saving yea!? This is only one of many great deals everyone are missing out on. Every  penny counts these days! I know where i’ll be buying mine from now on, cheers Gar.

Just a few things I picked up below.

Just a few for the morning

Looking in the box today i found that i was running low on a few patterns so i just sat down and tied a few for an early morning trip out with my mate Ceri sweeney.

6 of each pattern tied on size 16 j hooks bought from here.http://www.flytyingboutique.com/.

The water levels around my area in south Wales are quite low at the moment so smaller the better! God we need rain but not to much! Hope you like the patterns!

Jig nymphs.

 Emerges.

 Duns.

Wales takes gold on the river Tay.

Well what a hard week that was on the river Tay in Scotland, never have I ever fished a river so fast and wide and dangerous. The flow of water going through there was just beyond belief! Well where do I start really.

Dunkeld Bridge below 

I was lucky enough to be reserve for the Welsh rivers team for the international held on the river tay in Scotland and god what an eye opener it was. We headed out on the 23rd of June in advance of the comp so we would get a whole week of practice in for the international that was going to be held on the 29th. Conditions were not great with rain most days and an up and down stream wind. At points in the day, there were waves going down river and it was just bonkers to say the least. Kieron Jenkins, Captain of the team assigned everyone a different method to fish that day and would swap everyone the next day. Great tactics to covering all the water and seeing where the fish were and what depth they would be feeding at certain times in the day, Dries would go first then wets then the bugs would come in on the French leader and stimmy behind. Many fish come to all methods through the week but it was far from easy.

 The fly life wasn’t the best throughout the week but the odd day the fly life would be fantastic but you wouldn’t see a fish rise. This was so confusing and I just couldn’t believe that nothing was picking off these wee beasties, frustrated wasn’t the word for it. Most nights after a hard day searching out the water we would all be called in for a meeting by Kieron and Paul to discuss the day’s fishing as a team and lay the flies on the table for all to see. Then as a team we would decide on the best method to cover the water that we tackled that day. After the meetings we would all have a few hours tying and then to the bar for a little banter with the other teams. All in good fun. I met some cracking chaps and I do hope I get the chance to be there again some time.

Competition day…..

It was a nice and early start, double checking the gear over and then a quick breakfast and off we set to meet the controllers for the day’s fishing ahead. Around this time reports started coming in that the river had risen around 3ft over night and this was quite concerning for the fishing ahead.  The plan was that i would run for Kieron in the morning and then in the second session I would run for Mark Willows, this was a great opportunity for me to see other anglers on the water in focus mode and to see their styles in action. Kieron, me and his controller got to our peg and what we knew about the water just went straight out of the window. River was up,coloured and the wind was making a quite a nuisance of itself. The time come for kieron to step in for his first session and he started off in a lovely run screaming fish but it wasnt to be. Everything was working against him and he left the first session with a blank but made up in the second session. fishing was out and out hard going.

After the morning session were over we all had to go back and meet up and have a bite to eat before leaving for the last sessions of the day. This was a tense time waiting on the boys to come in and say how they done in the sessions. I think the all round smiles said it all when we all finally met up that we were doing well.  Food was done and handshakes all round and it was back out for the second round, eager and confident. This time I was out with Mark willows for the final sessions of the day, we got to the peg nice and early checking that water out and just hoping that we didn’t have to run out looking for something that was fishable. Mark set the one rod up on wets and the other on the heavy bugs. Before we knew it, it was time for Mark to get in and fish his heart out. As I said before nothing looked familiar and we were all back to a blank canvas.  As Mark fished the wets and covered a fair bit of water, I spotted a few fish on the other side rising, this was our opportunity to give them hell, the information was passed over to Mark and he instantly changed methods and made his way straight to the spot with plenty of time to spare in the first session. I had my fingers crossed that we wouldn’t blank in the first, with only minutes to spare Mark had a measure in the net. Big smiles all round. Mark moved out of the spot where the fish were rising and left them alone till the next session started, he changed over at this time doing a little bit of heavy bugging but with no success. The second session kicked in so he moved back into the spot where the fish were, after a few casts, Mark was into a fine trout and no blanks, that’s all we wanted to do. The last session ended with 2 fish and god what a relief it was.  Mark done so well and I was proud to be there with him.  After a big handshake we moved out to go back to the hotel to find out the final scores. We all waited in the car park after putting in the score cards.  You could feel the tension in the air. As we all moved on down the car park I could see paul with his hand in the air and with the biggest smile i’ve ever seen. You could see how proud he was with the team. We went into the club and straight away the handshakes kicked off with everyone  saying well done boys 🙂   We did it! Wales takes the gold, what a feeling and I was so proud of all the boys for pulling out all the stops and bringing home the gold for Wales. I don’t really remember much after that but here are the photos of the team and the captain Kieron Jenkins and Alun Hughes for taking top rod.

I’m a proud Welshman and im so proud of the boys for doing so well in the condition. Well done to all.

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Tying dries to match the hatch.

Well finally getting the chance to sit down and replenish the dryfly box with the fly patterns that match the hatches on my local rivers here in south Wales at the moment .

At the moment there are brook dunns, large dark olives and a few other smaller olives, these smaller olives have been hatching a little later on in the day and the fish have been mopping them up and not bothering with anything else really. It took me a bit of time to realise what was going on one afternoon but I figured it out after going right through the box and watching carefully. These times can be so frustrating but it’s all part of the fun of the fishing dries. Here are a few of the pattens that I’ve tied up to match the hatch.

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Follow me on YouTube!

Over the last year or so I have enjoyed this blogging malarkey and creating some short fly fishing videos. I enjoy showing you and hopefully you enjoy me giving details and demonstrations on how to fish various methods such as the french leader and duo, also some fly tying videos describing my top patterns.

My YouTube channel is slowly filling up and im hoping it will continue to increase with your help and support. If you have any ideas on what you would like to see, don’t hesitate to comment and let me know what you want. Im up for anything!

Click the TV below to view my YouTube channel, so search me as MrTrout666

Tying the hotspot hare’s ear jig

I’ve been tying a few flies today and while tying i thought i would give making a video a bash, not done it before so bare with me 🙂  This jig has been working a treat over the last few months with the grayling and the trout are quite partial of it to!.  Not wanting trout but it happens… There is a nice line of them in my box now ready for the trout season 🙂 Bring it on!!!
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