Tuesday, June 13, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Nothing new here. in fact I took some elements from Eivind Berulfsen's Stickleback Minnow and our Midlands Minnow and combined the two. On its day this fly should do well. I'm just not happy with the shape of their heads.....A work in progress I guess.

On These I used my Liquorice Slab Slayer Ice for the main body then attached a 20 mm grey zonker strip over it.Then palmered a grizzly hackle in front of that.

 On these I used my Pumpkin seed Slab Slayer Ice Dub and five strands of Orange krinkle flash tied at the back by the bend of the hook shaft.

 Instead of dubbing for the body I palmered some Olive Pixel material all the way along the shank. and used Chartreuse thread for the head....not so sure about that. Time will tell whether It will be attractive enough for some still water hog to gobble it up.

 This is Eivind's Stickleback Minoow pattern which I think would be killer for both Running and still waters over here

Monday, June 5, 2017

Have been playing around a little over the weekend with this Mallard minnow fly. I steered away from using a dubbing body for these two patterns by using up the remainder of the Light Olive and Shrimp coloured streamer brushes I had lying around. 

I used the light Olive streamer brush for these four flies with a natural mallard flank feather for the sides and a Tan mallard flank for the shoulders. Total length of flies 30 mm

 And I used the Shrimp coloured brush and Natural mallard flank all round on this set of four flies. Also 30 mm in length. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Tied up a slightly different version of my Mallard Minnow. Instead of using some of my Cookies n cream ice dub blend, I swapped it for a palmered light Olive streamer brush from "Fishient H2O Just add water" along the hook shank. Then covered with three Mallard flank feathers as well as add a splash of red for the chin/gill area. I kept these short around 45mm - 50mm in length because I want to use them as cross over flies in both Salt and fresh water conditions. 

 I'm not that convinced with the 5 mm eyes though and might go with the 2mm size the next time I tie a batch of these up.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I tied some of these up a few months back specifically for this winters assault on the still waters in the midlands. 

All are 80mm in length and based on Eivind Berulfsen's see through baitfish pattern I featured a few months back. These did well for me last season and I've added a few new colour variations to the mix this time. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Over the last 4 years I've been supplying a couple of lodges in Canada with some monster flies to target Laker Trout which in all honesty actually aren't Trout but hail from the Char family. They can get up to 60lb's in weight and can live to over 80 years....Eish!!!! These flies are trawled with down riggers or in tandem with a musky spinner bait And I tie them either 30cm and 50cm long depending on the clients needs. 

I use Icelandic sheep hair and Big fly fiber for the main body and throw in a decent clump of Green flash and Olive Krinkle flash for good measure. I'm not a big fan of fishing with a Stinger tandem rig but this is how the clients want them tied. They aren't cheap at $20 Canadian dollars each for the 30cm flies and $25 for the 50cm flies, but then again either are the materials that I'm using. One down 29 to go of the 30cm and 30 x 50cm flies. 

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