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Thursday, 23 August 2018

Flicking Feathers Volg 5


The fifth episode of my vlog. This episode is just a little recap of recent fishing along with the usual book recommendation and some other news.
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Ed Mitchell's book: Flyfishing the Saltwater Shoreline
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Malaysia International Fly Fishing Festival
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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Western lady hopper

Step by step instructions for the Western Lady Hopper, this chunky little fly is very buoyant and ideal for rough water hopper dropper rigs. 
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Materials used

Hook: TMC 5263 size 8-12
Thread: Pink
Abdomen: pink foam
Hackle: brown/ furnace saddle
Under wing: brown 3mm foam
Wing: deer hair
Thorax: pink 2mm foam/brown 3mm foam
Sighter: Orange 2mm foam
Legs: Barred rubber

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Pink Lady Hopper


Step by step instructions for Vic Louiselle's Pink Lady.  This slightly unusual terrestrial provides a great silhouette and is well worth a place in your dry fly box.
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Materials list
Hook: TMC 5262 (or equivalent) size 4-12
Thread: pink 140
Underbody: Pink 2mm foam
Body: White 2mm foam
Underwing: Pearl crystal flash
Wing: Deer hair
Legs: Clear, pearl flake silileg
Sighter: Pink 2mm foam


Monday, 6 August 2018

Squid Candy

Step by step instructions for Bob Popovics' squid candy. This squid imitating version of the surf candy is an excellent choice both on shore and offshore and works for just about anything. head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and support the channel to get access to members only content and be eligible for future giveaways. Alternatively by bookmarking the Amazon link below and using them for your Amazon shopping you can support the channel at no extra cost to you. Amazon.com https://amzn.to/2Av4dY6 Amazon.co.uk https://amzn.to/2OybrgI twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials used Hook SL11-3H Thread: fine mono Tentacle support: super hair/ultra hair Tentacles: Silli legs Flash: Crystal flash Underbody: pearl flat braid Body: Super hair coated with UV resin or epoxy Eyes: Flat tape eyes

Monday, 30 July 2018

Super Hair Baitfish


Step by step instructions for a versatile baitfish imitation that can be tied in various sizes and colours to be used for a range of species. To get access to members only content and be eligible for giveaways head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and start supporting the channel. twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials Hook: owner aki or other stout short shank hook Thread: fine monofilament Body: super hair/ultra hair Flash: angel hair 3D eyes

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Thursday, 26 July 2018

At The End of The Line

The book mentioned in episode 1 of the Vlog is "At The End Of The Line" by George Barron.
It's a great read full of tips and thoughts on dressing loch style wet flies. George has filled the book with both traditional and modern variations of common wets as well as some newer patterns you may not be familiar with. His thoughts on material selection and fly behaviour are interesting and well worth thinking about whether you're a beginner or a more advanced fly tyer. The other thing that really rounds of the book are the stories he's included making this book more than just a pattern list, but an entertaining fishing book too.


I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in tying traditional wet flies.


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Tight lines !

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Charlie Boy Hopper

Step by step instructions for Charlie Craven's Charlie Boy Hopper, a proven pattern for a range of species.
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Materials Used
Hook: TMC 100
Thread: flat 6/0
Binder strip: foam
Body 2mm foam
Legs: Round rubber
Wing: Deer/Elk hair
Eyes: black marker

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Cicada Carp

On Monday I braved the heat to hit a river outside Tokyo for a few hours.  Conditions were pretty good early on, although it was incredibly hot there was nice, high, even cloud cover giving fairly decent light for spotting fish.  As I approached the river, the banks were alive with grasshoppers chirping in the long grass and cicadas screeching in the trees.  Things were looking good.

I set up and watched a couple of unlucky terrestrials land on the water's surface, only to be quickly sucked down by waiting carp as they struggled in the surface film. Working my way a long the river I saw so may tailing carp that I almost took of my foam hopper but, stuck with  it until a few refusals demanded a fly change.  I stayed on the surface, switching to a size 6 Carl's cicada.  It proved to be a good choice.

Carl's Cicada


The switch was immediately rewarded with a nice common carp around 12lb that sucked the dry  down in slack water below a tree, almost in slow motion.  Over the rest of the morning I picked up another few carp to around 15lb on the same dry.  Unfortunately the smallmouth I encountered seemed mostly unwilling to commit, only one taking the fly with the rest just tracking the fly as it drifted. Still a good morning out before the temperatures climbed to over 40 celsius and I had to retreat to the comfort of the aircon.

 A handful of these makes a good day out

Monday, 23 July 2018

New lens


After getting many requests for trout flies through social media I've decided to start including more of them on the channel.  Unfortunately I don't currently have a suitable lens to offer the videos in the quality I'd like, so if you have requested small flies, It would be amazing if you could offer some support.  There are a couple of ways you can do this.

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Any support is greatly appreciated and helps me to keep the videos coming. Tight lines to you all!



Friday, 20 July 2018

Book suggestion

In each episode of the vlog I've been recommending books. To make things easier I've also decided to share the book recommendation as an individual post on here.

In this episode it's Ed Mitchell's excellent Fly-fishing the Saltwater Shoreline.
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Although it focuses on the US's eastern seaboard it is a great read full of useful information for saltwater fly anglers anywhere in the world. I would say this is essential reading for anyone starting to venture out in the salt with their fly rod, and is certainly a good refresher for more experienced anglers too.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Hi Viz Foam Ant

Step by step instructions for a simple but deadly foam ant. Try these when smaller ant species are around or the fish are not committing to larger offerings. Head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to access members only content, be eligible for future giveaways, and support the channel. twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Material list Hook: TMC 100 size 10-18 Thread: 6/0 to match body colour Body: Rainy's Hi-viz ant body Legs: centipede legs or small round rubber

Monday, 16 July 2018

South Fork Chernobyl Ant

Step By step Instructions for a nice variation of the Chernobyl ant. With the hackle and dubbed body the South Fork Chernobyl is that bit buggier than the original and can be incredibly effective on its day. To support the channel and get access to members only content head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and sign up twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials used Hook: TMC 5263 Thread: Danville's Flat waxed nylon Under-body: Flashy dubbing (ice dub etc) Body: 2mm foam Hackle: Dry fly saddle Legs: barred silli legs Sighter: 2mm foam

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Amy's Ant

Amy's ant is a versatile dry fly attractor terrestrial that can be used to represent hoppers, crickets, ants and any other big chunky bug that might fall onto the water. It's highly buoyant and ideal for fishing singly or as part of a hopper dropper. To be eligible for giveaways head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and start supporting the channel. Twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials used Hook: TMC 5263 size 12-6 Thread: 140 flat waxed nylon Underbody: 2mm foam Body: fine cactus chenille Hackle: Saddle hackle Back: 2mm foam Underwing: Crystal flash Overwing: Elk hair Thorax: Synthetic dubbing Legs: round rubber

Monday, 9 July 2018

Tying Carl's Cicada

Step by step instructions for Carl's cicada. This highly effective terrestrial dry fly is quick and easy to tie, high floating and fairly durable. It's well worth having a few in your box for annual or periodic cicada hatches. To be eligible for future giveaways, head over to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and become a patron. Materials used Hook: TMC 760SP size 6 Thread: Danville's Flat waxed nylon Body: Plastazote foam Underwing: Crystal flash Wing: calf tail Legs: medium round rubber or sili legs

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Balanced leech

Step by step instructions for a super simple balanced streamer. This is a great introduction to balanced flies as it's quick and easy but still absolutely deadly for a range of species from trout, to bass, to perch. To be eligible for future giveaways and support the channel head over to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and become a patron. twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials Hook: Your choice of jig hook Balance mount: Dressmakers pin Weight: Tungsten bead Thread: 6/0 to match the body colour Tail/body: SLF Flash: Sybai tinsel hair

Monday, 2 July 2018

Tying the Mohican

Step by step instructions for the Mohican, this is an older style pike and predator that is highly effective when you need something with a deeper profile. The multiple bucktail wings make this pattern add enough buoyancy to give this fly great hang time which is excellent for triggering strikes. To support the channel and be eligible for fly giveaways head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and become a patron. twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Matreials used: Hook: partridge attitude extra although any long shank Aberdeen style hook will work Thread: 3/0 Wing: bucktail Flash: Sybai sparkle hair Eyes: 3D eyes of your choice Finish: Epoxy or UV resin

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Dry Stonefly

Step by step instructions for a foam bodied stonefly imitation. This pattern is very buoyant and can be adapted to imitate various different species of stonefly. It can also double up as a terrestrial pattern if needed. To be eligible for future giveaways and support the channel head over to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and become a patron Twitter/Instagram @flickinfeathers Materials used: Hook: TMC 100 size 8 Thread: 6/0 Body : 2mm foam Tails: goose biots Legs: round rubber Wing: deer hair Head: 2mm foam Thorax: Synthetic dubbing

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Bullethead Foam Hopper

Step by step instructions for a highly effective dry hopper pattern. This fly can be tied in a range of sizes and colours and works for anything that eats terrestrials from trout to bass. To support the channel, get access to members only content, and be eligible for future giveaways head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and become a patron! Twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials Used Hook: Tiemco 5263 Thread: 6/0 Abdomen: 2 mm craft foam Wing: 0.5 mm packing foam Head: deer hair Legs: round rubber Sighter: 2 mm foam

Monday, 25 June 2018

Munro Killer

Step by step instructions for an excellent salmon fly. Although I've used a double here, they can also be tied on singles,  trebles, tubes and wadingtons.

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Materials Used
Hook : Fullingmill magni
Thread: Uni 8/0 Black
Tag: oval gold tinsel
Body: black floss
Rib: oval gold tinsel
Throat: orange hackle fibres and blue guinea fowl
Wing: yellow then black hair.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Tying the Editor



Step by step instructions for a slight variant of the highly effective editor. Tie this in a range of sizes and hook/tube configurations to suit your fishery.
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Materials List
Hook: Any single, double, treble, tube or wadington of your choice.
Thread: Black
Under-body: White thread, floss or yarn depending on the size
Body: pearl tinsel
Rib: Fluorescent yellow mono 15-25lb
Throat: Kingfisher blue cock
Wing: Black hair of your choice
Flash: Angel hair
Cheeks: Jungle cock

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Ray's fly

Step by step instructions for a highly effective bait fish imitation, the flatwing will work for a range  of species in coastal waters around the world.
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Materials used
Hook: Gamakatsu S10S-4H or similar short shanked saltwater
Thread: Monofilament
Tail support: Bucktail
Flatwing: saddle feather
Flash: Sybai sparkle hair or similar
Body: Bill's body braid
Throat/belly: Bucktail
Wing: Bucktail
Topping: peacock herl
Cheeks: Sybai artificial jungle cock

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Terrestrial giveaway

It's summer and the big bugs are here!  To celebrate the hordes of cicadas, hoppers, ants and beetles that will  be falling into a stream near you I'm tying a box of 24 terrestrials including that could be yours.
 Like hoppers?
 Want weird ants?
Crave cicadas?

If you want to be eligible to win these and more, boxed and shipped anywhere in the world, then head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and become a patron for as little as $1 a month to be entered into this and future draws.  

As soon as I hit 30 patrons, I'll randomly choose a patron and send them the box.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Bucktail Deceiver

Step by step instructions for Bob Popovics' bucktail deceiver. In this video I'm tying the most basic version which is a afantastic fly, a great starting point for anyone looking to get into tying Bob's bucktail based flies, and is the basis for a huge range of potential variations. To be eligible for future giveaways, head over to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and sign up to support the channel. twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials used Hook: Long shank Saltwater Thread: clear mono Body: Bucktail

Monday, 11 June 2018

Ray's Fly

Step by step instructions for the deadly classic salt water fly; Ray's fly. This pattern can represent a range of forage fish but I feel it lends itself best to smaller slimmer patterns. to support my channel and be eligible for future giveaways head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to become a patron twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials used Hook: Standard salt water size 4 - 2/0 Thread: clear monofilament Body: Body braid pearl or silver Wing: bucktail and flash Over wing: peacock herl

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Flicking Feathers Vlog EP 4


Episode 4 of the vlog, looking back at my recent trip to the Maldives. to support the channel and be eligible for future giveaways head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers and become a patron. twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers If you want to get a hold of Tuna on the Fly please use the amazon link here https://amzn.to/2Hs7JCm Here's a link to the Silver Scales Fly Tying channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/MrCas1969

Monday, 4 June 2018

bonefish intruder

Step by step instructions for an excellent skinny water, low light bonefish fly. head over to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to support the channel and be eligible for future giveaways twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials used Hook: 34007 or equivalent 8-4 Thread: Black Danville's flat waxed nylon Body: Green crystal flash Wing: green crystal flash, white fox or fishhair, pearl flashabou

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Tarantula brush hoolligan crab

step by step instructions for a simple variation of my highly effective Hooligan Crab. This pattern like the original works well for triggerfish and other species but i a bit quicker and easier to tie. to support the channel and be eligible for future giveaways head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials Used Hook: Gamakatsu G-carp or ESP raptor Thread: Tan 6/0 Weight: lead dumbbells Tail/claws: Craft fur Flash: Crystal flash Eyes: Burnt mono dipped in epoxy Hot spot: Fluorescent ice dub Hackle: Soft variant cock hackle Body: EP tarantula brush Legs: Fly enhancer legs

Saturday, 2 June 2018

JC's sand prawn (variant)


Step by step instructions for my adaptation of James Christmas's sand prawn. This semi realistic shrimp imitation works for a wide range of species and is a must in the Indian Ocean and south pacific. To support the channel and be eligible for future giveaways head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to become a patron twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers Materials used Hook Gamakatsu SL11-3H 2-4 Thread : Tan 6/0 Mouth parts/feelers: Craft fur o Polar fiber (polar fiber is preferred) Flash: crystal flash Eyes: Burnt mono painter black and dipped in fluo orange epoxy Keel: 3mm tungsten beads on 20lb mono Body: dubbed craft fur/polar fiber Legs: barred round rubber Weed guard:20/30lb hard nylon

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Tying a Horror (bonefish fly)


Step by step instructions for a simple but effective bonefish fly, the Horror is a great pattern for skinny water with turtle grass as it lands softy and is very weedless.
To support my channel and be eligible for future giveaways head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to become a patron Twitter/ Instagram @flickinfeathers Materials Used Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H size 6-8 Thread: Red Danville's Body: Yellow chenille Wing: Natural Brown bucktail and crystal flash

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Flicking Feathers VLOG ep 3


The third installment of the vlog. This episode includes some background about me, a couple of book recommendations, and some comments on fly design . To support the channel and be eligible for future giveaways head to https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to become a patron. Dick Brown's Bonefish Fly Patterns available here http://amzn.to/2p6N7rv Plu Stiniog, Trout Flies For North Wales Available here http://amzn.to/2Ijjwmu Bretislav Kaspar's Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCegB... Reno Fly Shop Podcast http://renoflyshop.com/category/podcast/

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Rigging flies with wire

This is just a short video on how to rig flies with wire leader for barracuda or other toothy fish. To support the channel and be eligible for future giveaways please visit https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers to become a patron Twitter/instagram @flickinfeathers

Monday, 14 May 2018

Tying Keith's Crab


Tying a Ness Black Shrimp


Tying the Pattegrisen


Tying a Hoover Shrimp


Tying a Pink Peril Pike Diver


Tying a Carp Squirmy


Borski's No Name Shrimp


Tying Al's Glass Minnow


Tying the Bully Special


Tying the Missing Link


Borski's Bristle Worm


Friday, 12 January 2018

Episode 1 of the Flicking Feathers Vlog. I'll be adding these short videos to the channel with book/website recommendations, general musings and updates. I'm open to suggestions for content too. The website I mentioned today can be found at http://www.saltwaterflyfishing.com.au and anyone looking to support the Christmas Island fly fishing team should head over to this site and either get in touch with the user who has the handle; Dynaflow or check out some of the threads. The Book in this episode is "At The End Of The Line" by George Barron. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in tying traditional wet flies. You can purchase it by using the amazon link below which would also help me out a bit too. http://amzn.to/2FuQLBL https://www.patreon.com/flickingfeathers