Category Archives: Barbless Hooks

A Fly Selection Fit For A Guide: 10 Must-Have Grayling Flies

Guides Fly Selection

My clients often note that my winter fly selection is small. A single box of around 100 grayling nymphs is the norm for my guiding sessions… I do this because I know that the patterns I have in my box are the right ones for where I guide. They are all proven catchers in different water types and conditions, and I know that if these flies aren’t working then very little else would. Below is … Read More A Fly Selection Fit For A Guide: 10 Must-Have Grayling Flies

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

Fishing Dry Flies for Grayling on the River San

Grayling Dry Flies

October has to be one of my favourite times to fly-fish for Grayling, it just so happens that it’s also one of the best months of the year to fly-fish for them on the River San in Poland. The first time I fished the mighty River San was around 5 years ago now, over the years the San has taught me things that no local river has.. or even could in many ways. Catching Grayling on … Read More Fishing Dry Flies for Grayling on the River San

The Spanish Nymph tied by Steffan Jones

Spanish nymph

I love dressing flies as much as the next person. However, it is very much a means to and end for me and I would much rather be putting the creations to good use rather than amassing a huge armoury for no particular end game. Here’s a new favourite in my box, the Spanish nymph. Most of the river flies I tie and fish with tend to be extremely simplistic. I’m sure this has something to … Read More The Spanish Nymph tied by Steffan Jones

Fulling Mill Short Shank Barbless Hook Review

Fulling Mill Short Shank Barbless Hook

The Fulling Mill Short Shank Barbless Hook For the past few years I have been working as fulling Mill ambassador and I’m lucky to often test new products before they are released to the public. This was the case with the new Fulling Mill Short Shank Barbless hook and I was certainly very excited to give them an outing. Almost all of my still water fishing is now done on a catch and release basis, I … Read More Fulling Mill Short Shank Barbless Hook Review

A trio of patterns to try from FM Ambassador Craig McDonald

With the grayling now getting ready for spawning we turn our attention back to the brown trout that inhabit our rivers and streams. Springtime for me is having the sun on your back with armadas of Large Dark Olives and the occasional March Brown gently fluttering in the sunlight. These large up-winged insects generally hatch around lunchtime time on our rivers, although the hatch doesn’t last long, it gives the angler plenty of time to catch … Read More A trio of patterns to try from FM Ambassador Craig McDonald