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Partridge PRO-Team

I am absolutely delighted (and chuffed to bits) to announce that I have been recently added to the Partridge of Redditch PRO-Team. For those who have been bored senseless by my fly tying rambling spent any time discussing fly tying with me over the years, you’ll know how much of a Partridge enthusiast I am, […]

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Deer Hair Emerger

For ease of use and general all-round trout catching prowess, one of my favourite go-to flies has to be the Deer Hair Emerger. Created by the renowned Bob Wyatt, this pattern is simply a must for any self respecting fly box. I carry the pattern in a few simple sizes from #14 to #18 and, to […]

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Monnow Rivers Association – 2014 Annual Auction

The Monnow Rivers Association recently ran their fantastic annual auction, whereby, all proceeds raised go straight back into the rivers they help manage. The MRA are a truly fantastic bunch of guys, with the waters they manage being very dear to my heart. I donated two dozen flies complete with a snazzy C&F waterproof fly box […]

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Difficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Places

I once heard the phrase ‘difficult roads often lead to beautiful places’. Could be more right. I participated in a rare event called a ‘four day weekend’ last weekend and, in between a fantastic amount of fly orders, I managed to get out onto the water a couple of times. Spring is well and truly […]

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The Gammarus & Swiss Straw Combo

I posted an image of a rather wet Gammarus Czech nymph on Facebook recently and, since posting it, I’ve had over a dozen emails asking what the shellback material is. As are most things in the world of fly tying, it’s nothing new, but I only see it’s inclusion in fly patterns thanks to a […]

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Playing With Caddis – The Caddis With No Name

With the rains still playing havoc with the UK, the likelihood of hitting the river this weekend is slim, however, I do still hope. Misplaced hope, maybe, but hope nonetheless. My thoughts are now locked on to the coming trout season and, more importantly, to the long, warm summer evenings which I’ll spend creeping around […]

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Welcome to 2014 and BFFI

Well, you might say it’s been a little while since my last post; I’d agree, and then some! A lot has changed in the last year, but all for the better. I’ve continued to be pretty damn busy with guiding, fly orders are flying out of the door faster than I can say “high quality […]

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Step By Step: Pink Shrimp Czech Nymph

It seems that the Pink Shrimp Czech Nymph has become synonymous with grayling fishing over recent years; to do one without the other almost seems strange to many an anglers, myself included. To go fishing without any of these patterns seems to lessen my confidence. The question still abounds, ‘why do grayling love the colour pink?’ […]

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Olive & Red Jig

Playing around with a few new jig patterns this evening, I was after something with a little more mobility and so I got the CDC out for a play. Keeping with the traditional jig make-up, this pattern keeps a slim taper in order to sink at it’s optimum rate, but I feel the addition of […]

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Snow, Icy Grayling & BFFI 2013

It’s been a busy ol’ weekend. As a number of you know, I’m resident of the lovely Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales – which sits snugly at the top of the South Wales valleys and at the base of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Okay, so our snow levels are nowhere near the levels seen on the […]

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