Reversed Emerging Mayfly

This fly came about following conversations with Roy Christie and later Chris Sandford. Roy, as most people will know, is an advocate of flies tied backwards or “reversed “. Chris on the other hand ties beautiful little flies in minute detail and he is great at finding and developing techniques to fit the current needs. In 2007, I spent some time with Chris looking at his entries for the Rother Valley Fly Dressers Guild competition. He tied a series of olives and one in particular – the emerger – took my fancy or rather its wings did. The wings...

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Chris Sandford

Chris Sandford Chris is well known in the fly fishing and entertainment world, as an actor, voice over artist, author and antique tackle enthusiast. As a writer he is currently enjoying great popularity with his column in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine. He has written for Waterlog magazine for over 10 years, long before he took up fly tying. The Waterlog articles have twice won him “Humourous Writer of the Year” awards for his wry comment on angling at large. I am pleased to be able to show you his step by step instructions for his famous flies....

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Woolly Bugger

The Woolly Bugger Dressing Hook:- Long shank lure size 6 to 14 Silk:- Uni Thread, 8/0 hot orange. Tail:- Olive Green Marabou Flash:- 2 strands olive crystal flash Rib:- Fine silver wire Body:- Green and black varigated chenille Body Hackle :- Soft olive green cock saddle Head hackle :- Optional , Contrasting colour of soft cock hackle Tying Method and notes The Woolly bugger is a very very famous fly. Originating in the United States it has formed the basis of many a pattern including my Lucky 7 lure Although the original Woolly Bugger pattern was believed to have been created by Russell Blessing, a Pennsylvania fly tier as early as 1967 to resemble a hellgrammite, or Dobson fly nymph, its precise origin is unknown, but is clearly an evolution of the Woolly Worm which itself is a variation—intentional or not—of the English “Palmer” style of fly, which dates back to the time of Issac Walton and beyond. The fly can be tied to represent small fish, nymphs, in fact almost anything. By varying the colours of the materials used and the size of hook the tier can experiment endlessly. This variation is tied to represent a dragonfly nymph, but on its day can be dealdy fished higher in the water with a fast retrieve. ( 1 )  Attach the silk and make a neat underbody of silk. This is...

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Taser Flies

Here are a few ideas for patterns that can be tied with the Taser wire Taser Nymph Hook :- Long shank nymph size 10 or 12 Thread :- 8/0 Black Tail :- Rust coloured Marabou Body :- Taser wire Thorax;- Peacock herl Wing Case:- Pheasant tail fibres Hackle:- Soft hackle (Brahma hen or similar) Tying Instructions Wrap hook with close touching turns of silk. Tie in the marabou tail along the length of the hook and ensure an even underbody is formed. Tie in the Taser Wire and wrap an even body to a point about 2 /3rds of the hook shank. Tie off and tie in two strands of peacock herl. Tie in about 8 cock pheasant centre tail fibres. Wrap an even thorax of herl and tie of about 1mm back from the head. Tie in and wrap the hackle feather. Pull pheasant tail fibres forwards to cover the thorax and hackle. Sweep back any stray fibres of hackle and whip finish. Secure whip finish and thorax cover with varnish or Bug Bond. Fish this fly on an intermediate or slow sinking line with slow 6 inch pulls to imitate a dragon fly larva. Taser Shrimp Hook :- Partridge Chezch Nymph hook size 14 or 16 Thread :- 8/0 Black Tail :- Short pink marabou Body :- Taser wire Thorax:- Dubbed pink seal’s fur Bead:- 3mm Copper...

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The Icelandic gold head buzzer

The pattern for this fly was given to me by Hans van Klinken who stressed repeatedly that it must be tied on a gold hook and the gold must glow through the dressing. It is designed for char fishing in clear water – see Fishing for char. Sounds easy till you try and buy good quality gold hooks, especially curved ones. I finally tracked down a very limited source, so limited that I’m unable to share it with you. Hopefully I can find a better source soon. Anyway to business. Dressing Hook, Gold grub hook – sizes 10, 12 or 14 Head, Gold plated tungsten bead, or ordinary brass works just as well – I use 4mm on a size 10, 3mm on a 12 and 2mm on a 14 Thread, 8/0 Light colours or clear nylon thread. Body, Nymph body wrap or similar fine tubular plastic wrap Thorax, Seal’s fur or substitute Collar, (optional) Red Glo-Brite No. 4. I only use a collar on dark coloured flies Step by step instructions 1) . Make a small base of thread, Place the gold bead on the hook, position the bead over this base and set in place with a drop of superglue. 2) Re affix thread immediately behind the bead. 3) Take the thread in very open turns to the middle of the bend and then tie in your...

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About Me

I am an all round angler and have fished for many different species all over the world . I regularly compete in coarse and fly fishing matches . I have over 50 years of fishing experience.

I’ve been tying flies and flyfishing for over 35 years and I’m hugely passionate and enthusiastic about both.

I am a Level 2 coach for Coarse angling

I hold the Level 2 coaching qualification for Game angling

I’m qualified as a GAIA Fly Tying instructor

I have also successfully completed a fly fishing guiding course at an Orvis endorsed lodge in the United States

Professional bodies
I am  a member of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA).

I am a member of the Angling Trust coach licence scheme

I am insured with the Angling Trust, under the Coach licence scheme.

I am also insured with the Professional Anglers Association

I hold a current First Aid certificate

I am DBS checked and have completed a Safeguarding course.