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If you would prefer something different, perhaps a pattern from a
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of my customers.
Sorry, I do not undertake to tie large lures, streamers, tandems, sea fishing flies or pike flies.
Please note that I do not offer online purchasing.
Email contact is essential so that I can be sure that you get what you want.
This is a personal service, not a cold-blooded business. I tie flies because I enjoy it. All the flies you receive from me have been tied by myself. Here are no cheap imports.
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NEW ADDITION: Double Badger
New addition, see 'Dry flies traditional and new' on the left.
NEW ADDITION TO HACKLED DRIES -
Jinglers. A pattern increasing in popularity
I have discontinued the thorax duns in favour of Paraloops which I think are a far more successful pattern.
NEW PAGE ADDED
Deerhair patterns. See link on the left
SOME NOTES ABOUT THE MATERIALS I USE:
Here is an complete set of the hooks that I use for almost all the patterns in these pages.
Please refer to this view if in any doubt about comparative hook sizes
Note the following points:
The 2-letter codes on the left are for use as a suffix to the size where appropriate in the listings.
Klinkhamer hooks create a big fly - the shank for a given size is longer than the long shank hook displayed above it.
The barbless hooks result in a fly which appears to be somewhat larger than when tied on the 'Standard dry'. This is because the shank is very slightly longer but also the bend drops deeply before returning to the point. The gape measured from point to shank is, in fact, almost identical with the Standard.
The 'Medium long' have a slightly longer shank than 'standard'. I use this extra space for beadheads. The dressing behind the bead is therefore a 'normal' size.
'Sproat' refers to the shape of the bend. Most of the above are round bend. The heavier sproat is commonly used for many wet patterns. I prefer a sproat bend for spiders but they require a light hook. The barbless is also suitable. (In fact, so is the 'standard dry' )
I use the 'light grub' for some dry patterns, also for emergers. They can be used for 'Klinkhamers' but this is strictly not correct.
The little size 22 is used principally for the Quill Fly on the Specials page.
Note that I must apply an extra charge of 10p for barbless.
I will crush barbs at your request.
For a full list of hook comparisons and measurements please check this page on my personal web site: FLYONAHOOK/
I use seal fur where it is appropriate and for as long as it is available. It has a degree of translucency which no synthetic fibre can match and is particularly useful for the larger wet flies.
For smaller flies, both wet and dry, I use wool almost exclusively. It also has good translucency which shows bold colour in transmitted light. Do not be mislead by its lack of surface shine, the gloss of synthetic fibre (e.g. 'Antron' aka trilobal nylon) is of little value.
I dye a standard range of colours on both wool and seal fur so that I can be sure of the constancy of shade and quality of dyeing. ( I am a qualified dyer and colour matcher)
Just to make life more interesting I often use mixtures of colours rather than solid shades. For example, my standard dubbing for Adams patterns, for which I have had many repeat orders, is a grey comprising white, royal blue and dark brown.
Where appropriate I am not averse to using synthetic additives such as fluorescent colours or a touch of sparkle.
I use natural furs such as hare or mole and other 'specials' where tradition requires it.
For some dry patterns I use feather herl rather than dubbing. It gives a soft outline and aids flotation.
I use thread which is appropriate to the pattern. In the case of small dry flies where the least possible bulk of thread is desirable I use the finest threads available.
FLY TYERS BEWARE
Don't be conned by the manufacturers (whether intentional or not) - new supply of some materials are not what they seem.
Virtual Nymph Flexi-body, used particularly for the Ammonite Nymph, was advertised as thicker that Thin Skin thereby giving better segmentation. Some retailers are still persuaded to advertise it in this manner, but it is no longer true. It was 8thou thick. New stock which I have purchased is only 5thou, exactly the same as the thin skin which I have, and it does not form good segmentation.
I have for years used Orvis 10/0 thread for dry flies. It was fine thread with good strength and grip, ideal for small dries. Orvis have apparently changed their supplier. 10/0 is replaced with 12/0. You might think this is good - even finer. Unfortunately, this is a different '0' scale and in fact it is barely finer than Uni 8/0. I now use Uni 17/0 'Trico' which has similar low bulk to the old Orvis 10/0 but only comes in white (or Danville Spider Web for very small).
For an explanation of my method of testing thread bulk please check this page on my personal web site: FLYONAHOOK/
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
Hi 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!
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.
thanks, i've recieved them and once again they are outstanding
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 !!
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