Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Stewart's Black Spider

Ok, Ok, so it's not technically tied to the book but I don't think that the fish really care what hackle you use. I uploaded this video to Youtube a couple of days ago demonstrating the way I tie this spider pattern, I don't have any Starling so I used hen, my local tackle shop (recently closed down) never had any Starling for the last year of business. I do however have a very nice hen cape died black with a nice sheen, perfect for this pattern. I've seen lots of various ways to tie this fly over the years and a few variations, I don't think it's anywhere near as popular as it once must have been but it's a great fly to have, small, black and scruffy, trout just love that. I hope you'll enjoy the video.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

There's A Caddis Loose Aboot This Hoose

Living on the banks of a river provides many great benefits, one is that I always know what the latest hatch is before I go fishing. A quick scout in on the patio and I have a good idea what flies will be needed for a fly session. For the past couple of nights there's been a Caddis flying around my bedroom, I released it this morning and this is the first sign that it's time to hit the vice and get a few tied up.

I missed the best of the Caddis hatch last season and given the availability of time it looks like I'll miss it again this year but it's always nice to see these wonderful flies on the river and in the house. Last year I had to remove dozens of them from my living room, it's true to say that the rest of my family do not share my fascination with river flies.

Over the last few days I've been tying some Balloons, Loopwings and Hairwings in the hope that I might find a couple of hours at the right time of day and manage a few splashy takes, here's hoping.

Hoping to wet this soon!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Fishing The Water of Leith On The Cheap

I managed to get out for a couple of hours on Friday afternoon with the trusty Red Pearl to do a bit of fly fishing on the WoL. I took along the camera and made a video about it. It was a really nice afternoon to be on the river which was low and clear but I hot it at just the right time as the trout were feasting on a good hatch of olives. I was fishing in the Dells which is always busy it seems with dog walkers and the rest, I don't get upset when dogs jump into the pool I'm fishing, you fish public parks you take your chances I say. I hope to be after perch and roach later in the week so fingers crossed for that one.

Hope you enjoy the video.