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 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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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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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