March Browns & Large Dark Olives

Having spent a lot of time over the winter thinking about the start of the season and what flies to use, I decided to reinvent the wheel and crossed a Jingler with a Water Chicken! The Jingler is an old Tweed fly and the Water Chicken comes from Neil Patterson, the fly I ended up with works well for early season trout, bringing them up to the surface if there has been any hatch of MBs or LDOs, just a slight change of size and colour for the two different flies. These flies are designed to sit in the surface film and look as though they are struggling to get of, just like the real thing!
Mo March BrownThe March Brown:-
Hook: Size 12 Fulling Mill All Purpose Medium
Thread: Well waxed Hemingway’s 6/0 Yellow
Tail: Split Metz Cree Cock long
Body: Mixed Veniard olive and natural hares ear
1st Hackle: Metz Cree Cock
2nd Hackle: Veniard Brown Partridge
The Large Dark Olive:-
Hook: Size 14 Fulling Mill All Purpose Medium
Thread: Well waxed Benecchi 8/0 Olive
Tail: Split Metz Cree Cock long
Body: Mixed Veniard olive and Adams Grey Superfine Dubbing
1st Hackle: Metz Dark Blue Dun Cock
2nd Hackle: Veniard Grey Partridge
So far this season these two flies have caught more than a few wild Brown Trout up to 18″ in Wales and Devon

All the materials used in these two flies are available from Fly Fishing Tackle Co UK

Hooks for Saltwater Flies

You’ve tied all your Trout and Salmon flies over the winter and now the season is on us
and it’s still ******* freezing! I’m keeping warm by thinking of summer at the seaside.
Bass, Mullet and Sea Trout in the estuaries and in the surf.
Time to tie all the patterns you’ve thought about over the winter, this range of Partridge Saltwater Hooks will cover most of the fly patterns that you will need.

Partridge Aberdeen Saltwater Hook

Partridge Aberdeen

Partridge CS52 Sea Prince

Partridge CS52 Sea Prince

Partridge CS54 Saltwater Shrimp

Partridge CS54 Saltwater Shrimp

Partridge Opti Strong Saltwater Hook

Partridge Opti Strong Saltwater Hook

Partridge CS11/1 JS Sea Streamer

Partridge CS11/1 JS Sea Streamer

These and More Brands of Salt Water Hooks and all the Materials you need for tying saltwater patterns are available from Fly Fishing Tackle Co UK

Loon UV Fly Finish

Loon UV Fly Finish Standard and ThinLoon UV Torch for curing Fly FinishUV Clear Fly Finish is for those who believe ”five minutes to cure is five minutes too long.” No mixing or waiting is required, and it remains workable until exposed to direct sunlight or Loon’s UV Torch, at which point it will cure in a matter of seconds.
Use it as an adhesive for eyes, a thick head cement, quickbuilding clear back for scuds, or instant repair for damaged flies. Available in two viscosities: Standard or Thin.
Needle tip included for precision application. The UV Torch also sets Loon UV Knot Sense and Loon Wader Patch on a dull day and even in the dark.
Loon Products are available from Fly Fishing Tackle Co UK

South West Fly Fair

2pm-7pm Sat March 9th

Snowbee Travel Vice

Organised jointly by South West Lakes Trust and the Westcountry Rivers Trust.

Fly Fishing Tackle Co UK will be one
of the main retail stands at this event.

Come and see us in the Fly Tying Hall
at Roadford Lake, or outside in the rod demonstration area by the lake.

On display will be:-

Card facilites available and orders can be taken at the show.

Competition: We will be running Redington Form Game Rod Competitions just outside the Main Hall and Lecture Room, with prizes for various age groups.

We’re looking forward to meeting you there.

Hemingways Fly Tying Materials

Hemingway’s unique selection of Fly Tying Materials includes Dubbing packs, Artificial Mayfly, Caddis and Stonefly Bodies, Wing Cases and Wings, CDC feathers, Rubber Legs, Dubbing Brushes and Nymph Body Foil.

Hemingway Mayfly Bodies small and largeMayfly Bodies
For tying perfect and hyperrealistic imitations of mayflies on hook sizes 6-18.
Available in 2 sizes and 6 colours.
Hemingway Mayfly Wings 5 Sizes


Mayfly wings
Realistic Mayfly wings. Pre formed, Pre Cut flexible, waterproof UV resistant. Thermostable.
Available in 5 sizes, 6 colours and 2 styles.

Caddis Wings
HMG realistic wings. Pre-formed, pre-cut, flexible, transparent, hi-durable, waterproof and UV resistant.
Available in 4 sizes and 5 colours.

Stonefly Wings
HMG Realistic Wings. Pre-formed, pre-cut, flexible, transparent, hi-durable, waterproof and UV resistant. Available in 12 size/colours.

Hemingway Dubbing

Hemingway Dubbing PacketsCzech Nymph Dubbing
Hand-made dubbing blend for the Czech Nymphs in 20 popular colours. It consists of rabbit, fine antron, camel hair, and fine pearlesent fibers.

Quick Descent Dubbing
A mixture with aluminium metal dubbing that sinks like lead, it’ll quickly become a favourite because it dubs so easily.

Deer Hair Dubbing
Excellent, hi-floating mixture with cut, dyed and curled winter deer hair. For tying nymph thoraxes. Great for dry caddis patterns.

Synthetic Dubbing
Synthetic dubbing is generally constructed of nylon materials and resembles natural dubbing quite closely. This material is an excellent substitute in any nymph pattern calling natural dubbing, but synthetic dubbing is a top choice for dry fly tyers because of it’s excellent water resistance capabilities and extremely light weight.

Hare’s Dubbing
Pre-blended 100% rabbit fur. Underfur and guard hairs are blended. This is the most widely used dubbing material. Longer hair makes it easy to dub. Perfect for both dry flies and nymphs.

UV Dubbing
Excellent dubbing with nice sparkle effect will make your pattern more attractive.

Hare’s Plus Dubbing
Hare’s Plus Dubbing is a blend of hare’s ear, guard hairs, and a small touch of fine sparkling fibres, giving your flies very spiky and transloucent appearance. Excellent fur for nymphs, emergers, wets and streamers.

Peacock Dubbing
This is a great substitution of natural peacock herl. Easy to tie buggy looking and durable “peacock” fly bodies.

Starlite Dubbing
HMG Starlite is very fine mylar type material. Can be formed into hanks and used for big streamers or cut for dubbing your small flies. Works very well with most other materials for dubbing and it doesn’t absorb water, so large flies don’t get heavier. If you like stuff that sparkles and glitters it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Dubbing Selections

Hemingway Dubbing 9 Selections Hemingway Fly Tying Materials are available from Fly Fishing Tackle Co UK

Sea Trout flies

We are nearly at the end of the season but down here in the West Country fresh sea trout are pushing up the rivers, helped by the constant inflow of fresh water from the rain, there are many patterns to chose from, this one has produced some big sea trout ( that’s big for down here!).

Sir Jasper

Hook: Treble Size 12
1″ Aluminium tube
Thread: Black
Body: Aluminium tube
Rib: single strand medium silver tinsel
Head: Black thread, varnished
Wings: Opposing strands of orange Crystal Flash
alternating with black squirrel tail.

All the materials for this fly are available from Fly Fishing Tackle Co UK

New Fly Tying Blog

Having moved the Fly Fishing Blog to the new site, we can now use this site for Fly Tying!
We will be bringing reviews, patterns that are working for us at the moment and anything to do with Fly Tying.
So just to start the ball rolling, here’s my favourite high summer pattern (when we eventually get one). This will pull big trout up from the bottom, don’t lift it of too soon as they will follow it downstream for yards before taking it!

Hook: Kamasan B440 Size: 10
Thread: Black 8/0
Underbody: Ethafoam varnished
Body: Peacock herl over tacky varnish
Rib: Blue holographic tinsel
Wings: Fluoro white floss
Head: Black deer hair trimmed to shape, leaving legs at sides