Tag Archives: fly tying

FM Competition Heavyweight Barbless Hooks Review

When it comes to a new range of hook like the Competition Heavyweight Barbless Hooks – I am fortunate to be in a position where I can take them on board and give feedback where neccessary. Of late, I have been reviewing these new hooks from Fulling Mill, and boy are they good… I have used many of the other Fulling Mill barbless hooks with great success, particularly the heavyweight champ hooks for lures and … Read More FM Competition Heavyweight Barbless Hooks Review

The History of Fulling Mill and the Kenyan Fly Tying Industry

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As you stand by the water’s edge carefully knotting your Royal Wulff to the end of your line I suspect you will ponder only briefly the provenance of your fly. Your mind will be on matters closer to hand: tying the knot tight and true, the best spot for your next cast, or even, dare I say it, will I ever catch anything at all? Only fleetingly might you admire the tiny, perfectly formed work … Read More The History of Fulling Mill and the Kenyan Fly Tying Industry

Developing new fly patterns – The thought process and testing…

Developing new fly patterns

Fish become accustomed to the same lures, and there is no doubt that all patterns lose their effectiveness especially if everyone is using exactly the same fly. You need something to set your fly patterns apart, to induce the fish to take. This is one of the reasons why as a Fulling Mill Ambassador, I’m constantly developing new fly patterns in order to provide anglers with the best flies to catch that memorable fish. 12 … Read More Developing new fly patterns – The thought process and testing…

Fish Skull Chocklett’s Body Tubing

Fish Skull Chocklett's Body Tubing

When I first saw this stuff a year or so ago on YouTube being used to tie Musky flies such as Blane Chocklett’s “T-Bone”, my first impression was that it’s just another type of Mylar tubing re-bagged and cleverly marketed as the next best thing, but little did I know Fish Skull Chocklett’s Body Tubing was something special… I must admit to kind of ignoring it but it kept cropping up in social media from guys … Read More Fish Skull Chocklett’s Body Tubing

Whip Finishing Tool Tutorial

Whip Finishing Tool

We often hear of fly tiers struggling to use a whip finishing tool – a fly tying accessory that’s meant to make things easier, not harder! If you are one of many who find it difficult to use a whip finisher, watch this short fly tying clip from Davie McPhail. Davie methodically talks us through each step of the process of using the Tiemco Midge Whip Finisher. How to use a whip finishing tool: Tiemco Midge Whip … Read More Whip Finishing Tool Tutorial

Tying the Hoodlum Fly Pattern

After four years of field testing, tweaking and more testing, the Hoodlum streamer has passed with flying colours! Now you won’t find me fishing the salt without a gang of hoodlums! Although verging on the fancy, this streamer was inspired not only by the sparser flat-wing patterns that have proven so effective on Scandinavian salt water sea trout, but  also a series of salt water patterns I have been tying the past five years, that … Read More Tying the Hoodlum Fly Pattern