Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival 2015 ( THE SALT)
Jul06

Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival 2015 ( THE SALT)

Help !! This crazy lady with a crazy idea just wont leave me alone !! Let me explain.   September is prime season for Fly fishing for Bass in the UK and as result I am on the water day after day. The ansaphone machine bleeps and flashes at me in an attempt to get my attention   , the emails start to pile up . I should take a day off but I don’t. I have a terrible fishing addiction and equally terrible bank balance  so I just keep fishing away , day after day . Its the storm before the winter calm for me . I am a hamster and my cheeks are full of nuts this time of year !!! Last September a lady from St Mawes on Roseland Peninsular called me . This rather well spoken lady who I didn’t know caught me off guard , tired and rather unreceptive . My tired hamster brain just could not accommodate anything that she had to say. She wanted to organise a Saltwater Fly fishing Festival and wanted all the help I could afford her . What did I do ? Im afraid I coped out I sent her in the direction of another person ” Fly fishing guide ”  that I thought might be better equipped to help via his esteemed list of fishing dignitaries .  Its amazing that Amellia is still determined to make this happen as she has had nothing but time wasting and demands for money to deal with . Amelia Whittacker knows very little about fishing , yet alone Saltwater Fly fishing . She runs a successful Bed and Breakfast in St Mawes . This well spoken , determined lady is obviously one of life’s organisers and she does run other ” Festivals ” . Something about saltwater fly fishing scene has captured her imagination , she is hell bent on getting a festival going . Its time for me to make up for my lack of input at the early stages and get involved and also look for other guys I know or respect to help out . It’s a good thing and it could be great fun . 100 Quid , Bloody 100 Quid !! Every time I bring up the subject of the festival I get hit with the same reply . At first I was somewhat in agreement  as I just couldn’t get my head around ” THE SALT ” . I recently met up with Amelia and her partner Tim . By the time we were finished I realised that £ 100 for a 4 day  event with various BBQ , Live music , drinks...

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Something old , Something new
Mar11

Something old , Something new

This time every year I find myself sitting at the vice tying flies . The vast majority of which will be used on the boat over the season , after years of pontification I finally got my act together , clamped my vice onto the table , tied my arse in the chair and tied up dozens of new patterns, many of which have been trapped in my head for years . Something old something , new , something borrowed and yes there are a few Blue ones awaiting release from the kitchen  . I have been obsessed and completely absorbed in the process. It hasn’t been easy , there is a big difference between bashing out 20 clousers and crafting  dozens of Tarpon  flies . Last time I tied a fly in public was 2010 in Galway . As I sit here tying these flies , all that data from the trips around the globe is manifesting itself in front of me . Its been great fun scraping the rust away . I should have around 20 patterns online soon . I have 10 or 12 here ready to go . I just need to try and get a half decent stock of these flies before I release all of my puppies .`I hate owing people flies . The first time I released the Livebait fly online I sold 350 in 2 days . It was a disaster . I only had 36 in stock , some people had to wait months !!   My traditional fly tying heroes . Tim Bosrski , Enrico Puglisi and Bob Popovics need a mention and I can see its influence over my tastes  . Florida Keys guide Don Gable introduced me Pete Smiths Fox Fur Tarpon fly and his luscious toads in 2009 . I have had a great deal of respect for his efficient tying methods . I now tie toads ”V Style” This is a direct  SS Flies influence ,  thanks ! Mobility and resistance are high on my list so expect to see a few  synthetic muddler style flies , on the subject of which Johnny King deserves a mention, that guy amazes me with highly polished perfection  . Jono Makim has emerged from the shadows over the last few years . I admire his deceivers and this has influenced my approach to finishing off the head of a fly. That one was one of the toughest challenges and still work in progress !!   First out of the closet is the Black Death Tarpon Crab . Ive never seen one out there but no doubt some bright spark will take great pleasure in showing me one someone...

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Cornish Bass Flies
Mar21

Cornish Bass Flies

Well at last they are here and they are amazingly well tied. . The guys at Fulling Mill asked me 18 months ago to  provide  a selection of my favourite Bass Fly Patterns.I have fine tuned my flies over the years .  Too many options leads to more time spent gazing into  a fly box or hoping that a change of fly will make fish appear out of nowhere. I like a simple life and a fly that I have confidence in based on my experiences  on the water. I hate stiff lifeless flies. I like a fly that breathes life with or without input from the angler. I don’t think Bass will  always chase food  at lightening speed , they often cruise around casually or drift on the tide looking sneak up on prey and just suck them in . A fly that looks good static will be an attractive easy meal. Oz’s Livebait fly LINK Size 2 Tiemco 811 s Hook Yes its a sand eel  I developed the fly out of desperation on Cape Cod for  use in skinny water where the splash of a heavy fly will spook fish. Truth is that a number of my ‘ Trouty’ clients struggle with heavy flies. This is feather light and aerodynamic. Its also insanely effective and we have landed thousands of Bass using it both here and across the pond. Ultra light  easy casting fly Great in skinny water The go to fly on bright sunny days Good over all ground Oz’s Eurobass Clouser LINK Size 1 TMC 811s Hook Bass love to eat juvenile Pollack, Pollack love to eat Pollack ! I fish this fly close to rocks and heavy ground where baby Pollack hide. Bass can be quite territorial during the summer months and I believe they will stay put and happily dine on the local population of ‘Pollockus Irritatus’. If Im not catching on Sandeel Patterns this is my second choice.  It also seems to find the better fish !! Great off the rocks as it sinks Good dirty water fly Finds better fish Killer fly for Pollack Oz’s Eurobass Goby LINK Siz2 2/0 Mustad Tarpon Hook This  Tarpon influenced fly landed me my best shore fly Bass in 2008 . It has also saved my bacon a couple of times on the boat . Fish this over bouldery beaches on floating lines where all the gobys and other critters hide, Its my first choice for night fishing also. It may be a good night fly but that big black profile has also worked for me on very bright days. Oz’s Cornish Bass Fly LINK Size 2/0 Mustad Tarpon Hook This...

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Fly fishing mojo is back
Mar11

Fly fishing mojo is back

The last couple of years I have been somewhat obsessed with lure fishing for Bass.  My fly rods have seen far less action.  Obsessing over lure for a couple of seasons was a very positive thing. I have gained so much new knowledge and understanding of my fishing area . I took the knowledge of shallow ground saltwater fly fishing in Cornwall and applied it to weedless soft plasics. I think its now time to transpose that knowledge gained with the lure rod back to the fly.   Part of this ‘ return to the source’ has involved rooting out all the publications that fed my original hunger for knowledge  . I have been  so transfixed on todays latest most ‘LIKED’ photo on Facebook( while watching my back) or rambling through the ramblings on fishing forums I quite simply forgot just how much true knowledge and wisdom was im my bookcase. If the articles I have recently written for TSF are half as good as some of these Bass fishing classics then I would regard that as a huge result. So here are a few publications that have influenced me over the years Hooked on Bass – Ladle and Vaughan – First Published 1988 This really is the Bible for anyone in pursuit of euro Bass.  Alan Vaughan and Mike Ladle  captured my imagination and enlightened me . Reading chapter 5 Shallow Rocky shores changed everything for me. A fly fisherman has to choose the battleground far more carefully than a bait or lure angler . I still get emails from guys who ask me where they should be saltwater fly fishing for Bass .  In the old days I told them to buy a Ordinance survey map and read hooked on Bass chapter 5 , these days I would suggest they do just the same and then also reference Google Earth.     ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Pop Fleyes by Bob Popovics  Published 2001 I have not opened this book up for years . I had just forgotten what a huge influence this has been on my saltwater fly tying  . To coin a phrase from the thinking mans TV series X Factor . Mate you nailed it !! Bobs patterns were cutting edge at the time and stand as a testament to just how little the art of saltwater fly tying for cold water species has evolved. Bob looked closely at the major baitfish that Stripers and Bluefish feed on and them created lifelike patterns. I cant find a baitfish pattern that doesn’t derive  a strong influence from patterns in the book. Dave Skoks mushmouth is there and named a generic baitfish. I had a...

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Mangrove Munchkins
May05

Mangrove Munchkins

I thought I would share a fly I have been tweeking and fine tuning recently. I will be providing the dressings  for Total Fly Fisher magazine as part of an on going series of articles. The Orange Munchkin has been designed with Belize and Mexico and Cornish Bass Fishing in mind. When I have fished Belize and Mexico the guides have made a B line for anything with Orange in it . I’m off to Cuba next week .so I have tied up half a dozen in the classic purple and Black ,Classic Peanut Butter configuration. The Orange and Browns of the Munchkin will make for a perfect Pollack imitation for fishing in Cornwall.  These days I will always try to tie flies that will work in both Coldwater and Tropical environments  I always struggle to find time to dedicate to fly tying  ,so when I do I need to kill as many birds as possible with one stone. Influences Tim Borski – Haystack and Laid up tarpon Peter Smith from SS Flies – Fox Fur Tarpon Fly Enrico Puglasi – Peanut Butter Its important to acknowledge the influences that have helped inspire the flies we ‘’ invent’’ I would not feel comfortable bragging about a fly without reference to the truly talented fly dressers that inspire me.  Peter and Tim both create flies that have a scruffy chic’ . My flies are just scruffy ! This time next week my bags will be by the door !!!  Lets hope the Tarpon like eating Munchkins ! Austen lantus your system tabs flonase ok during pregnancy side effects ranitidine hydrochloride 150 mg ip 253 pills micardis effectiveness drug lotrimin ultra user reviews hcl Buy indocin lisinopril banana leaf menu rio rancho generic voltaren gel nerve pain online janua vera hcl kamagra online usa exelon energy oak brook il price lantus pen opticlik usa albendazole solubility ethanol haldol decanoate facts alli mauzey marcie generic tinidazole black box tabs maximum dose of valtrex drug generic for diflucan effects lasagna dinner recipes zocor niacin study side effects haldol lactate effexor xr just started pills Digoxin iv push rate furosemide tablet pills femara vs clomid side effects side effects exelon energy oak brook il nolvadex men side effects for sale aciphex zantac 150 tabs cleocin t gel how supplied price mevacor dementia drug Lamictal side effects crazy meds for sale remeron increased anxiety price bupropion sr looks like pills inderal effects thyroid online zantac 75 vs for sale lamictal zoloft bipolar ii generic micardis 50h usa erythromycin contraindications side effects provigil replacement online phenergan dm syp clozaril ziprasidone usa doxycycline esophagitis pills amaryl vs...

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Livebait Fly
Nov21

Livebait Fly

This fly has landed thousands of bass for me over the years. After the tidal wave of orders this Summer.  I recieved so many emails and phone calls that I decided to get the tying down on video. It must be the most simple fly ever. I fish this version on the flats for Stripers or I give it to clients that struggle with weighted flies. It is a great fly in clear water or when the sun is high. It has landed Bass . Pollack, Coalfish, Wrasse, Garfish , Black bream, Striped Bass and Bluefish (so far ) EDIT _ Heres my website for materials = www.uksaltwaterflies.com The DNA Livebait Fly from saltwaterflyfisher.com on Vimeo. Buy Bodyguard A New Beginning movie Wonangsori movie download My Dog Skip movie review Watch Matchstick Men movie online Rushmore movie online Watch 2010 Moby Dick Heartbreak Ridge dvd Wall Street dvd Le grand bleu movie review Black Water movie download Thanks for watching . Thats all Folks...

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