Using Owner Hooks

Owner ST36 TreblesOwner Hooks are amazing in their quality and strength,
available for freshwater and sea, they cover a lot of bases. Unfortunately they don’t make specific hooks for fly tying, unlike some of their rivals, the good news is you can use some of them anyway, like the ST36BC Treble Hook, in Black Chrome in sizes 18, 16 and 14 it’s perfect for Sea Trout Stingers.Owner Carp Hooks CT-1

If you are into fly fishing for Carp try the CT-1 Flyliner Teflon Carp Hook from their range of Carp Hooks, super strong, it is a great hook for tying Carp Flies on.

Owner AKI HooksIf you are into blue water fly fishing then you will love the AKI Hook for your steamers, heavy duty forged shank, Cutting Point®, straight eye and in Black Chrome finish, one for those big blue water game fish.

 Check out our full range of Owner Hooks.

Hemingway’s Fly Dubbing

Hemingway UV Dubbing PacketsOver the past few seasons
I have been giving my flies an extra bit of sparkle, more than just a flashback or an antron shuck. I’ve been mixing in Hemingway’s UV Dubbing on both nymphs and dries, I tend to mix it into the thorax, most of my dries have thoraxes, in small quantities, don’t over do it, use a colour that complements the colour of your thorax, about 20/80 will do it if you don’t twist your dubbing to tight, a little and light to build it up. Trout see into the UV range so even a hint will be visible to them. I use more in the bodies of sea trout flies! I find it makes a difference.

Check out our full range of  Hemingway Dubbing. 

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

Successful Flies

The two flies I had the most success with in the last Trout Season were related although one was a tungsten beaded nymph and the other a klink style dry.
The nymph evolved from the Flash Back Pheasant Tail Nymph and the dry evolved from the new nymph. When you fish a water constantly year in year out practicing catch and release, the fish get wise to your offerings, especially the larger fish which you tend to target anyway. Having fished quite a few seasons with the Flash Back PTN very successfully, the season before last I came up with a Quill bodied nymph which worked but was time consuming to tie, so this last season HT came up with the Black Flash Back, quick and easy to tie and a brilliant fish catcher.
Black Flash Back Nymph

Hook: Size 14 Fulling Mill Barbless Nymph or size 15 Tiemco 103BL
Bead: Original was a gold bead – I have used black here, they both work
Thread: Black
Thorax: Black dubbing, here I have mixed in a small amount of pink UV dubbing.
Body: Black Flexi Floss
Rib: Copper Wire
Flash Back: UTC Mirage, also forms the tail
Rib: Copper Wire

It’s the Flexi Floss that makes this nymph, you can control the taper by the amount of pressure you put on it, it sinks, which helps it get down in the water quickly.

With the Black Para Midge, it is also the Flexi Floss that helps get the body under the surface film quickly, this fly is fishing at the right attitude the moment it lands on the water, which can be a problem with dubbed bodies especially if you get floatant on them.
Black Para MidgeHook: Size 12 to 18 Tiemco 2499SPBL or 13 to 19 Tiemco 212Y
Thread: Black
Body: Black Flexi Floss
Post: Tiemco Aero Dry Wing Med Dun
Hackle: Metz Cock Grizzle
Thorax: Black dubbing with just a hint of UV mixed in

Both these flies are open to experiments with different colours, I’m already trying transparent light olive over yellow fluro floss – it looks good so far.

All the hooks and 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

A fly for pools

The F Fly or CDC Emerging Sedge
All materials have been chosen for their floating capabilities – as you should NEVER GINK CDC – That said, it is a fly for late summer when small dark sedges are about. It should be used in pools and flat glides with a well de-greased leader – It won’t last 5 seconds in a fast run, but will sit right in the surface in flat water.

Hook: Fulling Mill All Purpose Light Barbles
Size: 16 – 20
Thread: Sheer Black
Butt: Orange polypropylene
Body: Muskrat under-fur
Thorax: Natural CDC
Wing: Natural CDC

Take the thread down shank, at the butt take in orange polypropylene, make a small butt. Dub a thin body with muskrat under-fur back up 2/3 the hook shank.
Take 2-3 tips of CDC and align their tips with end of shank. Tie in above body. Trim waste.
Take one waste hackle and strip the flue from both sides and tie this in as an overwing. Trim to length of wing. Take flue from second waste hackle and use as dubbing to form a short thorax. Leave straggly and whip finish.

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