Monday, July 17, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Am not sure where others views stand on fly fishing with spoon flies! Would you regard it more as a lure than a fly?  Personally, if I can cast it with a fly rod and line….with ease! Then it’s a fly in my eyes.

The definition of a fly fishing fly is

“Fly Fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly" is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Artificial flies are constructed by fly tying in which furs, feathers & thread or any of very many other materials are tied onto a fishhook. Artificial flies may be constructed to represent all manner of potential freshwater & saltwater fish prey to include aquatic and terrestrial[sg1]  Insects, crustaceans, worms, baitfish, vegetation, flesh, spawn, small reptiles,  amphibians and even birds. 

The definition for a fishing lure is

“A fishing lure is a type of artificial fishing bait which is designed to attract a fish’s attention. Th...

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.  

Friday, April 7, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I've followed Eivind Berulfsen for some years now on Youtube. I think He's a truly fantastic fly tier and has been a big inspiration with regards to the way I construct some of my patterns. Here he is expertly demonstrating a "See through baitfish" pattern that to me, is a fantastic Cross over fly for both Salt and fresh water conditions. Slightly downsized I think this would be a perfect pattern for many of our rivers over here also. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Some more kinky inspired cross over flies for Bass n Saltwater. I used Tan Ostrich herl taken from a feather duster at home and the main body is constructed from "Off White Flash n Slinky"

I suppose if I'd have stuck the eyes towards the back of the fly near the hook bend they wouldn't look out of place as small juvenile squid. All are around 70 mm in length.

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