Daily Archives: November 24, 2013

topwater technicalities


A combination of deer hair and tightly turned hen hackle over an Antron yarn body gives maximum buoyancy and a lifelike silhouette… At least I hope so!

surface to air... This pattern is light and offers substantial wind resistance... Casting with the breeze will still extend the tippet and if the water is calm it should sit on top for long enough to attract attention!

surface to air… This pattern is light and offers substantial wind resistance… Casting with the breeze will help extend the tippet and if the water is calm the fly should sit on top for long enough to attract attention!

I am exploring new methods tonight and although these ones appear a little ragged and too wooly, there is enough of a result to push ahead and give them a field test. I shall enlist the help of a trout or two to give me honest feedback.

Materials make a big difference to the performance and durability of a fly. Whilst I strive for the best looking, hardest wearing patterns, I am sure this dry fly will not withstand being chewed! Time will tell, as it always does!

adapted from an elk hair caddis pattern, I chose an olive colour with roe deer hair to match the local favourite colours...

adapted from an elk hair caddis pattern, I chose an olive colour with roe deer hair to match the local favourite colours…

I look forward to reporting back once I have put these to the test in due course.

Thank you for reading – see you back soon!

Two Tales in the city…


I have enjoyed dipping into Talesbytheriverbank (http://talesbytheriverbank.wordpress.com) for some time now, having originally connected online exchanging comments about Sea Trout and other Salmonids in the River Thames. Yesterday we finally got to meet and despite what felt like an arctic breeze, we shared an afternoon of easy going conversation and fishing…

Mr Tales and Young Tales - what a pleasure meeting like minded gentlemen who braved the elements and rose to the challenge of the day's fishing admirably. Young Tales has a knack for predicting the future and Judging by how adept he is with a fly rod, I foresee a lifetime of exploration and mastery of everything that fly fishing has to offer

Mr Tales and Young Tales – what a pleasure meeting like minded gentlemen who braved the elements and rose to the challenge of the day’s fishing admirably!

Our mission was to connect Young Tales with one of Syon’s finest and although it took a lot longer than expected after the wind came up, we eventually sought refuge from the breeze and Mr Tales tied on the winning formula. Hardly any movement on the surface meant many probing casts and much patience endured by Young Tales – it is wonderful to see how they have learnt to operate as a team:

Young Tales has a knack for predicting the future and Judging by how adept he is with a fly rod, I foresee a lifetime of exploration and mastery of everything that fly fishing has to offer...

Young Tales has a knack for predicting the future and Judging by how adept he is with a fly rod, I foresee a lifetime of exploration and mastery of everything that fly fishing has to offer…

We sent a scout up ahead to scan for movement:

Returning to report back that he has a feeling we are about to catch something - predicting the future (no pressure Dad!)

Returning to report back that he has a feeling we are about to catch something – (no pressure Dad!)

Mr Tales had mentally marked a few spots where a fish had moved and skillfully returned his fly several times before a beautiful rainbow finally connected… Seeing Young Tales spring into action and his remarkable calm despite his obvious excitement was a real joy:

Playing a 2.5lb trout is an adrenalin rush - this young man was having the time of his life!

Playing a 2.5lb trout is an adrenalin rush – this young man was having the time of his life!

Father and son did a great job landing their catch and ensuring Young Tales’s dinner (apparently to be ably assisted by the cats!)

Told you so! Young Tales had predicted this moment and then worked towards it all afternoon - well done!

Told you so! Young Tales predicted this moment and then worked hard towards it all afternoon – well done!

All in all, a day well spent in the great outdoors, passing on knowledge and adventure to the next generation. We look forward to future outings if and when our crazy schedules allow it.

This Gentleman's love of fishing is easily apparent, and his encyclopaedic knowledge of antique tackle, piscatorial current affairs makes for fantastic conversations... Http://talesbytheriverbank.wordpress.com

This Gentleman’s love of fishing is easily apparent, and his encyclopaedic knowledge of antique tackle, different species and piscatorial current affairs makes for fantastic conversations… http://talesbytheriverbank.wordpress.com

Thank you for reading, please return again soon!