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Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Site
• THE SITE DEDICATED TO FLY FISHING
AND FLY TYING •
Flint, Flintshire, N. Wales
Fly Casting Techniques
Fishing Tactics on Stillwaters
Tying Techniques & Patterns
Fly Fisheries & Venues
Fishing Tackle Retailers
for cooking your trout !
What I am attempting
to do via this website is to shed a bit of light
about the delights of fly fishing. I hope to guide
you in the right direction around some of the pitfalls
which might befall the new fly fisherman.
The most important
advice to begin with is... Don't rush out and buy
a load of tackle which may be of little use to you.
Start by getting some lessons from your local APGAI
instructor before parting with any of your hard
The reason for this
is simple - you may not take to the sport (which
I seriously doubt...) but, more than likely, you
will buy the wrong equipment for where you intend
to fish. A couple of hours with a qualified instructor
will give you the basic technique on how to cast.
Your APGAI instructor
will ask you a few questions, such as where you
intend to fish, and from your answers, he will be
able to advise you on what AFTM rating rod you will
need, the type of fly line and other essential equipment.
I have listed below
some of the pages I have put together in an attempt
to start you off right in this wonderful sport.
If there is something you don't find here, please
feel free to email me with your questions - I will
be pleased to help !
Fly Fishing and Fly Tying
for Trout - an introduction to flyfishing
and flytying for the learner using pictorial examples
in step-by-step guides. Successful Stillwater Fly
Fishing starts here!
your fly rod and line correctly, using
the right knots, will aid your presentation and
help your casting.
the buzzer and fishing
the nymph can be mystifying at first -
unravel the so-called mysteries and discover the
techniques in this superb guide.
of Aquatic Insects plays a big part in
fly-fishing for trout. Distinguish which flies
are hatching on the stillwaters and which imitation
to choose from your flybox.
Guide to Tying Your Own Flies uses step-by-step
pictures to ease you into the fascinating hobby
of Fly Tying - the pastime to enjoy when not fly-fishing.
knot guide and Flyline
knot guide clearly demonstrates the preferred
knots to use when casting a fly to the waiting
your favourite recipe to cook your captured
• Essentials for Bank
Apart from the obvious, such as rods, reels and
a selection of lines that all trout anglers need,
there is also a whole range of other equipment that
is needed for a successful day on any stillwater.
Warm and weatherproof clothing
is important, no matter where you enjoy your fishing.
It's essential to be protected from the elements
because you can be caught out, at any time, by a
sudden storm while bank fishing miles from the nearest
shelter. For cold weather, several layers, including
a wind-stopping fleece, covered by a knee-length
waterproof jacket is the best option, unless you
intend wading when you would be wiser using the
shorter version. If you intend doing much boat fishing,
then a one-piece waterproof bib-and-brace suit is
a good idea.
Eyes are a precious commodity
that must be protected at all costs. A fly travelling
at speed can do very serious damage - never fish without
them in place. A polarising pair also enables you
to spot fish below the water.
Baseball type hats are ideal as the wide brim affords
shading that enhances vision when used in conjunction
with your polarising sunglasses. A hat also adds protection
from those errant flies, shades you from the sun and
keeps the top of your head warm.
Like everything else, there are several types of nets
that you can choose from. If you are fishing from
a boat, you will need the short handled variety that
won't be so awkward in the close confines of your
typical boat. On the other hand, bank fishermen are
more comfortable with the longer handled sort that
gives greater reachability. Some of these even have
retractable spikes that can be pushed into the bank
when not in use.
Bank anglers nearly always opt for the smaller, lighter
shoulder bags to keep their tackle in. Others stuff
everything into their waistcoat pockets to make moving
around the stillwater as easy as possible. The only
criteria really is making sure that it is waterproof
so that the contents are kept dry when the torrential
rains start! Boat anglers are able to use bigger bags
as once in the boat, there is no longer any need to
This is one of the most used bits of tackle in my
armament. I learnt many years ago of the detriment
of a blunt hook in terms of missed trout. Make no
mistake, a sharp hook means that more takes result
in properly hooked trout.
Catching a trout early in a hot summers session means
that before you know it, your trout is nearly cooked!
Put your trout in a damp bass bag and place it in
the shade to keep it relatively fresh.
I always carry a pair of long nosed forceps with me.
They are ideal for retrieving the occassionly deep-hooked
fly or if you accidently hook a pike.
Having caught your trout, you must despatch it quickly
and efficiently by using the aptly-named Priest to
deliver it's last rites!
When you have caught your first trout, it makes sense
to find out what it was feeding on. A marrowspoon
is intended for just this purpose and soon helps you
discover what it was they have been eating.
Failure to provide a valid Environment Agency rod
licence could result in prosecution (maximum fine
£2,500). Rod fishing licences are available
Every Post Office in England and Wales.
The Telesales Service: 0870 1662 662 (for full
and junior concessionary licences)
The Internet: (for full, junior concessions, 1
and 8-day licences)
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