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Arbor Knot

Arbor Knot

In fly-fishing the Arbor Knot is used to secure the backing to the spool. It works with braided backing as well as mono and gelspun… Continue reading

Dry Fly Fishing Tips

Dry Fly Fishing Tips

During almost every fishing trip I learn something new. It may be something that I pick up from a fellow fly fisher, something that I learn from making a mistake, or it might be that a light suddenly goes on… Continue reading


Non-slip Loop Knot

Non-slip Loop Knot

Use this loop knot to tie your fly on and leave it loose for maximum action. As the name implies, once you’ve eased the knot tight, unlike the Duncan Loop, this loop cannot be adjusted. The Non-slip Loop works well with… Continue reading

Winter Trout

Winter Trout

As water temperatures cool and the winter season looms, the prospect of fantastic winter sport with rainbow trout is fixed firmly in my mind. At this time of year, many anglers turn to lures to tempt fish feeding aggressively on… Continue reading

Fall Trout & the Generalists

Fall Trout & the Generalists

Fall Trout & the Generalists, sounds like a band emanating from 60′s psychedelia, but actually, I’m getting at something a little more profane than that, or do I mean less!? Autumn is a time of mixed blessings. Seasonal rainfall sets… Continue reading

Carping: Fly Fishing’s Crack (Part 2)

Fly Fishing’s Crack

This is it. Carping with the Carpfather, Part Deux. This is when I tell you how to employ all your trout fly-fishing gear – all those nymph patterns, dry flies, streamers and wets that you usually use to chase after… Continue reading

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs

The editor looks at the patterns and techniques needed to catch when the fish turn on crane flies. Though crane flies appear sporadically throughout the fishing season, late summer sees the peak of emergence. And while the small numbers seen in… Continue reading

Carping: Fly Fishing’s Crack (Part 1)

Fly Fishing’s Crack

Judging by the amount of ink fly fishing for carp is now getting in magazines, many fly fishers are finally starting to see the merits of pursuing Cyprinus carpio.… Continue reading

Trout, Fry, & Stillwater

Trout, Fry, & Stillwater

All you need do, is make a drag free presentation down the appropriate feeding line. “Yeh, I know, that’s no mean feat!” All the same, a fry feeder can behave in so many ways that presentation and pattern selection are even less straightforward. If you’re up to the challenge, I think you’ll find the rewards worth your while.… Continue reading

The Caddis Hatch

The Caddis Hatch

The Sedge, or caddis as it is known to many, is of interest to the river angler through all of its lifecycle, from larva, through pupa, to adult. Now, I like nothing more than taking fish on an upstream dry… Continue reading

Overhead Cast (Lesson 3)

Cuba Vs Seychelles

False casting! This is one of the hardest things next to double hauling to get right and it is the biggest killer of a decent cast because it is over-used. Why use a false cast? It is used to extend… Continue reading

Super-sized Smallmouth

Cuba Vs Seychelles

I was only ten and the fish barely 10 inches, but it’s still a vivid image. So bold and powerful, yet so beautifully colored and proportioned. That little smallmouth bass was great, but when I started catching bigger ones… Continue reading

The Drake Hatch

Cuba Vs Seychelles

“I love Mayfly time.” I’ll say it again “, I love Mayfly time.” Its funny, lots of anglers will scoff, and say ‘even muppets can catch during duffers fortnight,’ and to an extent I agree. That said, this time of… Continue reading

Duncan Loop Knot

Cuba Vs Seychelles

Use this loop knot to tie your fly on and leave it loose for maximum action. Tighten by pulling slowly on the tag. Ease the knot tight and adjust the loop size by sliding the knot up or down the… Continue reading

Overhead Cast (Lesson 2)

Overhead Cast (Lesson 2)

Inevitably when overhead casting there comes a time when more distance is required. The difference between fishing and casting now becomes a problem of sorts. When practising casting it is easy to get into the habit of lifting a full… Continue reading

Undercover Olives

Undercover Olives

First I’d like to explain that olives are not a single species, or even a single family of insects. They are in fact a collection of species from a number of genera of insects from the order Ephemeroptera or the upwinged flies… Continue reading

Your First Rod

Your First Rod

Your first fly rod is an important purchase at any price level. We need to consider: length, line size & cost! Do not be too concerned about nuances of rod action at this stage, ‘middle vs. tip vs. slow etc.,’… Continue reading

Blood Knot

Blood Knot

The Blood Knot is good for building leaders where line of similar diameter and material are to be joined. The blood knot is one of the best for producing a leader with droppers. When creating droppers remember to allow extra… Continue reading

The Hawthorn Fly : Bibio Bounty

The Hawthorn Fly

If you have fished before, and as you’re reading this I’ll assume you have, the chances are you’ve heard of the Bibio. This may be in its proper context, as a terrestrial fly, or you may have heard the name… Continue reading

Chironomid Tactics

Chironomid Tactics

To many North American fly fishers, chironomids are those very tiny patterns imitated on hook sizes #18 to #24 or smaller that are also found in lakes but are more common in rivers and especially productive tailwaters. However, the larval and pupal… Continue reading

Overhead Cast (Lesson 1)

Cuba Vs Seychelles

As a fly casting instructor, I find that the most frequent comment I get (after – “Blimey you’re a woman!”) is, I can cast ok at short distance but it all goes to hell when I try to get distance!… Continue reading