Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Getting some practice

Well with the coarse season coming to an end and the weather keeping the river's up, I decided to tie a few flies I'm a little out of practice , I could do with a wee bit of new material as well , but to start with I kept it simple a few bugs and PTN's .
I plan to rekindle my fly fishing a little this year , I was well and truly bitten with it years ago.
It was only when I got a bit more time and money and started to spend both on the side of a river that I realized how much I missed it .When I was younger I thought a lot of my time was spent on the Hodder and Ribble if I had only known then how valuable free time was I would have spent longer .
My tying as never been great but on the other hand it's fooled a few fish , I tend to be my worse critic and seeing some of the flies my mate used to catch on I think the way you fish must be as important .
Another old bloke I fished with(thinking about it he was only a bit older than me now )had a fly box that seemed to consist of just various Montana nymphs quite well tied and in various sizes ,materials, colours and weight's he seemed to catch even though he was the only person I knew using that pattern on the river , he even used them for Sea Trout .
As a lad I always loved looking at the flies people used and tied and seem to remember the neat boxes . So having looked at my old flies I kept with a little 16's weighted bug , I'ts an easy pattern and you can vary it I tend to stick with 2 or 3 variations else my box becomes a mish mash of flies that I will never use this is a old favorite , it looks a bit out dated but I'm sure with a bit of practice and the odd fish for confidence I will get there .

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