Monday, March 6, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I’m not sure whether any of you out there have ever give this much thought, but here’s an observation I (The frugal fly tier that I am) made some years back while living in Scandinavia regarding tag end wastage. As fly tiers were all guilty of it, but when starting to dress a fly, how many of you leave a tag end of anywhere between 25mm – 35mm in length flapping around only for it to be snipped off and discarded?

How many of you out there fold it over and run your thread along the length of it to cover over it, purely because you couldn’t be arsed to pick up your scissors to snip it off, it’s still a tag end….innit!! If you are guilty of doing that, the 10 mm – 15 mm of thread you’ve used to cover that tag end can also be construed as wastage.

Also, how many of you lay a base of thread starting from the hook eye all the way down the shaft to the bend of the hook? To me this becomes even more wastage depending on the size of the hook you’re working with. You’ll use half the amount of thre...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I’m not a big fan of dumbbell eyes to be honest. I very rarely fish deep enough for the need to get my fly down quick enough. Most of my fly fishing especially in the bay, or at an estuary or off a small rocky outcrop is done in water 3 meters or less. If I feel the need to tie up something critterish that I think needs a bit of weight adding to it, I generally go the bead chain route or add lead wire to the underside of a hook. So when I came across the price of bead chains being sold in half meter lengths at one of our retailers the other day I nearly fell over backwards. You know there’s taking the piss….and then there’s taking the piss, and then there’s being bent over a chair and being royally shafted.

Surely the buyers at these fly shops know that any fly tier worth his salt would make a b-line straight to his local hardware store or craft shop where he or she could buy it in meter lengths at a far more reasonable price. You see what’s happened here is, Some supplier (Wapsi i...

Monday, February 6, 2017

You'll see as this blog progresses that I like to tie multi purpose flies, or what I generally call cross over flies. The madness behind my thinking is that I save on having to use separate materials for different species of fish. I've been extremely fortunate to have worked with a number of material manufacturers over the years and have amassed a large selection of Natural as well as Synthetic products I have boxed away to fall back on to, so I very rarely need to dip into the black hole I call my wallet.

 Even so, I am extremely frugal with what I have being the ultimate tight arse I am, hence the need to tie cross over flies. 

I used EP fiber for the heads and four cock hackles for the tails and stuck some flymen fishing Co realistic eyes on for good measure. In hindsight I should have gone for the next size down eyes but am still happy with how these turned out. 

These Kinky Muddlers are all tied around 90mm to 90mm in length. Perfect for chucking at Bass and Kingies.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

|By Simon Graham

This is just an observation I’ve made but here’s a perfect example how fly tying material manufacturers turn us into tackle tarts by producing products that we

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