|Flies tied in Yorkshire
by Bernard Sunderland
and custom tying service
use the links on the left to browse for the fly that you want.
If you would prefer something different, perhaps a pattern from a magazine, please email me. I tie individual patterns for many of my customers.
Sorry, I do not undertake to tie large lures, streamers, tandems, sea fishing flies or pike flies.
If you are looking for help to take up fly tying, have a look my PDF 'book'
which is available for download from this page of my other site:
Here is a link to a little book I have recently published as an eBook for Kindle.
The link will take you straight to the book on Amazon: "Twice Hooked"
It describes my own and my son's introduction to fishing and experiences with trout, roach, chub, barbel, grayling
For your added amusement
for a gallery of 'waterside encounters'.
for a long and tedious dissertation on the subject of 'Colour vision in trout'.
Customer commentsHi Bernard, received flies, I can see know the difference between proper spiders and the cheap bulky ones I've been using
Hi Bernard, I tried those spiders you tied up for me last year, tonight on the local river. It's full of coarse fish with a smattering of trout. It was such a nice day I went down this evening and thought I'd have a go at upstream spiders a la Ollie Edwards. Long story short, I had some great fun. I fished a team of 3 with just 3 rod lengths of line out. It's a lovely way to fish and I'm going to get stuck into this spider lark.My most succesful fly was the Stewarts Black spider. I had 4 trout to 9" and loads of dace and chub. I wanted to get my technique right before I went onto the trout streams. I'm having another session tomorrow evening and then I should be confident to tackle the trout properly. I can't wait. I think it's a deadly way to fish. I don't suppose you've got any Mohican Mayflies, Green, to hand? They are the dogs nuts. They ride the river like Spanish Galleons. I've had loads on them. The trouble is what with the Tree Fairy and every time I open my box, my syndicate members dive in , I've only got 5 left Very windy but I had 6 nice fish all on your little pink bug - again.
I used the tungsten-headed GRHE nymphs to great effect on the River Dove last week – it is a good pattern for me. In fact it was the first fly I tied on and I caught a nice brownie first cast...but I also lost a few.
Back from South Uist after very bad weather 3 days at force 8 made fly fishing interesting to say the least, Soldier Palmers fished well along with Kate McClaren’s, but the Moon shine and bloody butchers excelled as many of the lochs had large stocks of sticklebacks so fishy flies were the order of the day on most lochs
The flies are exquisite – even my wife says so, but she prob needs excuse to go to Glasgow for new shoes!
Hi Bernard, I said I'd give you an up-date when we got back from fishing in the Dales. We fished two days on the Wharfe at Bolton Abbey and one day on the Ure at Bainbridge using your flies. The day on the Ure was a bit of a waste of time as the river was really low and I'm sure those easily-spooked fish saw us coming a mile off! The two days on the Wharfe were really enjoyable, especially as the water bailiff gave us some great advice as well as a master class on the river - for free. I caught 5 on the first day but only one up to the 10" size. On the second visit I had 4 but all good fish up to 13-14". In total, I caught all but one on the various dries you supplied us with, the odd one being on a spider, so you can give yourself a pat on the back. The bailiff approved of your flies too! It was lovely using such light tackle and set-ups with such small flies. I don't suppose the fish would have looked at anything bigger! We also went to Fewston (a hot and bright day), Leighton Reservoir (blowing a gale) and had a nice half-day on the Coniston Hotels lake (caught a beautiful brownie). Next time we know we're coming up we'll definitely get you to re-stock our river-fly boxes and thanks again for all your help. Regards. Mike
thanks, i've recieved them and once again they are outstanding grant Grant
Good morning Bernard.
I've just returned from 3 fantastic days on the Test and Itchen grayling fishing. The pink bug did the business as usual. While we were on the Itchen a film crew were filming some Cooks Challenge programme and the keeper had to catch some fish etc. Sods law, the more he tried the less the fish responded. As he was on a deadline, the call went out that any rod catching fish around the 1lb mark knock it on the head. Step forward Johnny with the pink grub! So somewhere in the ether is a grayling caught on your handiwork
Many thanks for flies - they are fanstastic !! Regards Graham
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