Photograph by Steve Barnett

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Game Fair Fly Tying

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The photograph may give away a few "secrets" but that's what this blog is for isn't it?

The results of being a "visual display" on the Haddon Estate stand at this year's Game Fair


  1. Hi there,

    Just been drawn to your new blog by Warren's post. Looking forward to keeping track of your exploits around Derbyshire. I have you to thank (a few years back now, on an internet forum) for drawing my attention to the double badger, now one of my favourite flies. The sherry spinner also, a fly I now use all summer.

    Tight lines,

  2. Could you please explain how you overcome the problem of line twist when using such big flies as your Wulf variant mayflies? They look like they have a similar areodynamic profile to an etherfoam coffee cup.

    This must be one of the few boxes without a CDC feather to be seen. Don't you rate it RR? Do you have a copy for the aphids that have been so such in evidence this year?

  3. There is no problem of line or leader twist if two precautions are taken:

    1 Tie the Wulff as Lee Wulff designed it. A single, forward leaning wing. Two wings makes a propellor that WILL twist the leader up for you in only a few casts. The single wing also ensures the fly "always" lands the right way up and it also allows you to make a size 6 longshank hooked fly land like a piece of thistledown and not a dog falling in!

    2 Use a thick tippet for all big flies. This not only helps to avoid line twist but it also means you won't crack off the fly due to fatigue in the monofilament next to the knot. (3x, or 0.20mm diameter, or 8 to 9lbs breaking strain is my preference with such big flies but I've used 15lbs Maxima before now)

    Regular Rod

  4. Warren

    I might use CDC one day...

    I do carry an aphid pattern and will put one up on here next time I tie a few.

    Regular Rod