Fly Fishers' Republic

Selected Articles

Picnic Persuasion

Picnic Persuasion

Cold, curried-beef sandwiches are bad news in a packed lunch. It happened to me one sharp spring day while fishing Loch Awe and ever since I have investigated each slice before the first bite. I suppose it depends upon your… Continue reading

Chironomids

Chironomids

In North America there are over two thousand species; in Britain there are at least 430; while there are over 600 species in mainland Europe; over 200 in Australia; and even more the world over. Where they are found, the… Continue reading

Fishing with Emma

Fishing with Emma

As a young angler I was brought up on a diet of books illustrated by Bernard Venables and Keith Linsell, also a few second rate others. So I was a little sceptical about reviewing ‘Fishing with Emma’. I was concerned… Continue reading

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Uses: The Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymph (GRHE) is used to represents a wide range of aquatic insect larvae. It’s useful on still water and running water for targeting numerous species including amongst others: trout, grayling, panfish, carp, roach and chub… Continue reading

Chile on the cheap

Chile on the cheap

To a fly fisherman, Chile is the Shangri-La of the trout fishing world. It’s one of those places most of us have on our life list of places to go. Being no different than any other red blooded fly fisher… Continue reading

Marabou Wings & Tails

Marabou Wings & Tails

With regular marabou feathers, you have the choice of tying using the fluffy barbs taken from the thicker part of the feather’s stem, or if it’s sufficiently downy you can use the tip of the feather. This guide outlines what… Continue reading

Cuba Vs Seychelles

Cuba Vs Seychelles

The world’s two greatest bone fishing areas are oceans apart. With plenty of experience of fishing global saltwater destinations, Peter McLeod flies to Cuba to see how the Caribbean compares. Over the course of six years working for an American fishing consultancy… Continue reading

Walking Stick Art

Chironomids

Both practical and collectible walking sticks skillfully carved and beautifully colour stained subtly capturing the life and character of small wild birds. The animal subject handles are mounted to shafts mostly of silver or brown hazel in a range of weights to suit different walkers… Continue reading