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staying connected! – knot 2


The second knot of this series takes care of the next stage up from the previous knot that connects the fly to your tippet: use a double Surgeon’s knot to join two lengths of monofilament together with a low profile, symmetrical knot that does not kink the lines. I find it very useful when joining two different thicknesses of monofilament line, therefore if you need to create a progressive taper for dry fly fishing, this knot is ideal!

Without further ado, enjoy the video:

Note the importance of tightening all four strands simultaneously, in a symmetrical manner. Sometimes if the strands tighten at different rates, the knot kinks too tightly on one of the thin pieces of line, causing weakness and breakage. If this happens, take a deep breath and start again.

Lastly, develop the habit of moistening the line every time you tighten a fishing knot. Saliva works best to help each loop and fold settle into position correctly – tighten smoothly for best results.

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staying connected!


Knots are a very personal thing. Some people stick to tying one knot for their entire lifetime, others chop and change depending on circumstances and types of tackle used. Personally, I use about six or seven different knots which cater for all the various connections I need to make.

One to join backing to the reel
One to join fly line to backing
One to join leader to fly line
One to join different thicknesses of monofilament
One to join two similar thicknesses of monofilament
One to join hook or lure to tippet with a loop
One to join hook or lure to tippet without a loop

The video is not ideal (will re-film one soon) however it will give you a chance to practise this knot before the weekend.

Same knot, different perspective. When tightening, moisten, then pull steadily on the long piece of line until you feel the knot click into place.

If you take a kid fishing, this will be a great one to share with them!

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Form and function – creating the ultimate fly is a lifetime’s work


Forethought and preparation play prominent roles in so many aspects of our lives. Rightly so – especially these days in our professional capacities or, say, when organising logistics for that once in a lifetime holiday. It’s exactly the same in fishing. Once you get to the water’s edge though, there is much to be said for spontaneity.

You have to be able to tune in and absorb everything around you… What’s actually happening under the water, on the surface, and in the sky? Is there a storm brewing? Is there a glut of insects or baitfish, or a spate of floodwater adding to the confusion? Are you frightening the fish? Knowing how to read and interpret all the signals, then to adapt to different conditions was crucial in bygone times when repeated failure to catch threatened our ancestors’ ability to survive. We are all descended from the ones who made it!

Nowadays for the vast majority of us, the consequences of failure are usually less drastic, however if we are open to learning, we can still tap into those in-built lessons. Keen observation, prudent choices and appropriate actions will mostly yield us the best chances of catching fish. Now for an ultimate truth: EVEN THE BEST ANGLERS HAVE BLANK DAYS!!

In my experience, these are usually the best days of all for they force one to really engage… To try everything. To pit oneself against Nature in all her dominant glory. Is it really that bad if you haven’t caught a fish? I may be incorrect, however I think it was Henry David Thoreau who stated “every day spent fishing is another day added to your Life” We cannot lose if that’s the case!

When I tie flies I’m looking for the answers to questions that only blank days can and will ask… What else can I add, or often more importantly, should I leave off the hook that will entice even the most stubborn of fish? I’ll sleep on these thoughts many times, revelling in dreams of pristine waters and untouched wilderness…

This fly caught eight fish in one day... On 24March 2012

This fly caught eight fish in one day… On 24March 2012

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appreciation and sharing


Reflect on this:
Reflect on this...
“Give a boy a fish, you provide a meal.
Give him two fishes, you provide two meals.
Teach him to fish, he will eat forever…”

I am eternally grateful to my parents for instilling in me a true sense of wonder and such a deep appreciation for the natural world. They encouraged my insatiable quest for knowledge and selflessly nurtured within me the confidence to believe that wisdom will come, especially if one takes the time to quieten one’s mind and focus one’s thoughts. Patience is a virtue that has to be exercised… early on, through fishing, I learned that with practice I could teach myself how to tie strong knots. I also discovered it takes much longer to learn how to undo them (when it happens I am still amazed at how one piece of line spontaneously creates such impressive tangles!)

Conservation and appreciation of Nature is the primary focus of my blog – sustainable use of the outdoors with a view to unearth and hopefully master long forgotten traditions, celebrating experiences and, through teaching others, paving the way for new pathways into the future.

Life is an exciting adventure and we don’t know when it will end – let’s make it truly meaningful, include as many good things and inspire as many great people as we can.

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