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  1. Fly Tying Topics
    With the great choice of materials these days, it really isn't necessary to dye our own materials, but sometimes it is nice to get just the right colour on the materials you want. For a long time I avoided dying my own fur and feathers. The dying process looked time consuming, messy and...
  2. Northern European Style Patterns
    No body Scandi style of a fly I like tying in the Scottish long tail style most of the time Blue, Silver, Yellow, Orange and Claret.
  3. Traditional/Fully Dressed Patterns
    Not another bright feather wing. I can only ties these style of flies when I'm in the mood and have time, plenty of time. This one was close to getting stripped as I left too much space at the head area and I hate seeing leftover shank at the front of hooks, instead I gave it a big woolly head...
  4. Northern European Style Patterns
    Hi I don't really tie on tubes but with all the time on our hands... I though I would try one of these What do you all think, proportions etc? Mikh
  5. Off Topic Lounge
    Never realised how lazy I have been getting the last few weeks since the fishing ceased. A farmer friend asked me to come and shoot some pigeon that were all over his sprouting barley. First time out since lockdown and what a pleasure it was even just sitting there watching the wildlife. Felt I...
  6. Rod Building
    I've been busy building another rod during lockdown. This time its for me :D Its 14ft so i could afford to put a heavier handle on it. I wanted a dark finish apart from the thread work. So ive went for all burnt cork on both handles using blue rubberised cork for the butt and top/bottom of...
  7. Feather Wing Patterns
    As per Chris Mann's dressing for Malone's version. #5 Alec Jackson this time. No the highest of standards, but I'm happy enough with it.
  8. General Board
    Something to read when you have some spare time. http://fms.scot/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/200402-Final-Review-FMS-2020-1.pdf
  9. Off Topic Lounge
    With all this non-fishing time I decided its time to fix up the stonework on the front of the house. Just for info, the stone is portland stone Couple of questions 1. Should I use standard mortar between the stones (they are around 1'x3') or should I use lime mortar? 2. What's the best method...
  10. Shrimp Fly Patterns
    First time I've managed to get one of these almost to my liking.
  11. General Board
    I haven't written anything in a long while but Covid 19 has pushed me to it! Much Ado About Fish: Inver and the North-west (August/September 2019) If we're not back out by the equivalent time this year I will take up knitting...
  12. Hairwing Fly Patterns
    Had a go at another "Tartan Dagger" but on a single hook this time I don't know how you boys tie the classics...jeeso.... this is simple with just four colours in the hackle , yellow/purple/red/orange and today was a day of many swear words It's far from ideal as I've not got a great about...
  13. Fishing Videos
    Prawn Fishing for Salmon( Foxford ,River Moy) - YouTube .Float fishing for the chance of early Spring Salmon but only Kelts still making there way down the River Moy . Time taken for Kelt to take at the 7 min .30 sec mark . I Vue Video...
  14. Picture Gallery
    Guess what? And I had the old D-80 all charged up :) Shooting at f18 & 300mm made lighting tough until I figured it out. I have more even some flight shots :) I'll feed them onto the thread as the day goes on... And more; It made several sorties but came up empty on both, definitely...
  15. Traditional/Fully Dressed Patterns
    Another one tied in hand - an early gaudy fly (2/0) from John Kirkbride's 'The Northern Angler' from 1837 - I'm really not good at tying in hand and find it really tough - not sure if I want to put in the time to get better at it! (though I think we'll all have lots of time on our hands over the...
  16. Irish Rivers Reports & News
    I see Delphi Lodge have closed due to the virus. Im really hoping to spend most of my free time :D by the river bank on local rivers. Fishing lends itself to isolation fairly well. What are the chances of some kind of a lockdown that prevents us from fishing? The only thing keeping my hopes up...
  17. Patterns for other species
    Getting ready for the season. Tied a few Wally Wings for the first time. They are not quite right but I'll give them a swim. Anyone actually use them? Len
  18. Rods
    Im looking to purchase a rod in the 14.6 to 15ft range for a 10#. Happy to buy from here if someone has something that takes my fancy or buy new if needs be. Looking for recomendations. Budget of around £400. This will only be used a few time each season, even if that.
  19. Scottish Rivers
    Almost that time again to start getting ready for the season ahead (not that i get much time to fish these days). Tight lines to those who fish this bonny river. Kenny
  20. Off Topic Lounge
    Is it me, but are there more Barn owls about at the moment than usual? I have seen quite a few hunting in the day time recently - is that normal for this time of year? Edit: trying to change title to Barn Owls, but cant seem to; perhaps Bar Owls is better anyway
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