Disco Shrimp – Fly Tying Video

Disco Shrimp

All serious fly tiers experiment with patterns and different materials with the aim of inventing that magical fly that would never fail them. I hate to tell you this, this fly doesn’t exist. However, we can sometimes get close to it. This is my holy grail of flies, I think. The Disco Shrimp. It came about, around seven years ago, when I was frustrated with shrimp patterns. I had so many variations in my boxes, … Read More Disco Shrimp – Fly Tying Video

Fly Fishing for Pike on the Streets of the Netherlands

Fly fishing for pike

The Netherlands is frequently associated with polders; these are thousands of shallow canals that run through streets and around the houses. This is illustrated by the English saying: “God created the world but the Dutch created Holland”… especially for anglers! During the winter, fly fishing for pike is famous in the Dutch polders, and numerous big pike are caught literally off the streets! Unlike late-autumn where the pike often ambush roach, perch, and rudd in the … Read More Fly Fishing for Pike on the Streets of the Netherlands

Competition Fly Fishing – World Bank Masters | Farmoor Reservoir

Competition fly fishing may not be to everyone’s taste but we can hold the argument that the discipline itself is responsible for many new ideas, methods, and materials that soon filter down to the pleasure angler and become mainstream. I was fortunate enough to have participated in the World Bank Masters at Farmoor Reservoir on March 12th and 13th organised by former World champion angler Iain Barr – an even that would attract the best … Read More Competition Fly Fishing – World Bank Masters | Farmoor Reservoir

Spring Salmon and How to Catch Them

Spring Salmon

The spring salmon season is well under way, hardcore anglers are on the hunt and some specimen fish have already been caught. There is nothing quite like fly fishing for spring salmon. Sometimes it seems like a constant battle against the elements and often the elements win, but, the prize is great. The fish are pristine and powerful like no other and that’s what keeps the spring angler pumped and full of dogged anticipation. Tactics … Read More Spring Salmon and How to Catch Them

Early Season Reservoir Trout Fishing

Early Season Reservoir Trout Fishing

The new season is always an exciting time, we are filled with enthusiasm and expectations that this year we will be our year, we hope that more and bigger fish are just the next cast away… But early season reservoir trout fishing can be prone to changes. The problem is the reality rarely lives up to our expectations, we arrive at our chosen water; Ravensthorpe Reservoir in Northamptonshire with the aim of targeting resident overwintered … Read More Early Season Reservoir Trout Fishing

Using Highly Visible Dry Flies

In recent years I have been experimenting with increasing the visibility of my dry flies, whilst I am still fortunate to have good eye-sight, there are certain light and water conditions where it is difficult to see dry flies on the surface. Using highly visible dry flies is the answer. The best way to do this is to include a ‘sighter’ in the form of a bright post. Conditions where this can help the angler … Read More Using Highly Visible Dry Flies