An Introduction to Tim

2016 May 24
by Wendy
I used to be a full time carp angler and over the years have held many a record including carp angler of the year when i landed 12 x 40’s, 35 over 35lb and between 39.12oz, another 35 fish between 30 and 35lb and a few 20’s and only 2 doubles. I achieved it in only 61 nights fishing spread over 364 days, so just one day short of the year. At the time in 2007, this really was the best a carp angler had ever done by miles and in such a short period of time. I was already writing for a number of angling magazines and had starred in many a DVD and fishing programme. I was known all over Europe and did many a slide show all over. The two that stand out the most couldn’t be further apart. I had a sell out weekend in Bonn Germany and performed a slide show on both days of the weekend to a complete sell out theatre. It was like one of those Roman type gladiator theatres where i was down below and the audience rose up all around me. I have no idea how many people were there, but it was packed and considering i couldn’t speak German, the questions were non stop. I over ran my slot by along way but finally finished to a standing ovation only to realise that the next act to follow me were a couple of German anglers who only managed a handfull of spectators compared to what i had just acheived, now i know what 1966 must have felt like, but this time it was on away turf. The next said show was at the NEC in Birmingham and it was the massive fishing show that used to be held every spring time. Numbers were all ways in the 10’s of thousands, i kid you not, and just like Germany, i performed on two days to absolutely massive crowds, i think Jan Porter was my compaire if i remember rightly and on the second day he said all i am going to do is to introduce you and then let you get on with it as you certainly know what you are doing. Funny enough Jan also introduced me a couples of years earlier at the big fishing show at Wembley. I had ended up writing over 150 features for 8 different magazines by the time i had finished. Some of the mags like Big Carp that i wrote for monthly would often see me produce between 5 and 8000 words per month plus 20 odd fish pictures, almost enough for a book in itself. I have also been a Director for the Carp Society for 6 or 7 years with their HQ being next door to the great Lechlade and Bushylease Trout fishery. I wasn’t planning for you to use the above, it was just to introduce myself to you with regards my fishing back ground and obviously i had contacted you a couple of weeks prior to this with regards to finding out that make of fritz fly i sent you.

Just to let you know that after our success on the fritz at Blakewells down in Devon, i decided to try another new fishery to me. Manningford fishery is in Upavon in Wiltshire and has been around for a number of years. I was first drawn to it when Keith Arthur fished it on one of the Tight Lines days and what i saw on the limited time that TV allowed, it looked good. My self am not a fly angler and have spent nearly 40 years of my life as a carp angler. I was very lucky to be fully sponsored for a number of years for all of my tackle, bait, tickets paid for syndicates,and the two companies which looked after me so well were Wychwood and firstly Dynamite Baits and then Mistral Baits where Allan Parbury the owner for my than 25 years allowed me to design my own range of baits called the i40 and the i40 red. Well after being the first uk angler to land 10 uk 40’s in a season way back in 2007/08 and finishing my carp angling career with over 20 40’s, 350 over 30lb i eventually succumbed to fluff chucking due to bad health.
As i said i had made the short trip to Manningford from my Winchester home. I didn’t arrive to well after 3pm and the bailliff/owner recommended Damsels, Montannas, Klinkhammer emerger even the good old Daddy. On my way down the right hand bank you have a very narrow pathway of probably 10 to 12 foot in width to walk down to pass the already fishing angler as there is a stream running behind them. I passed two anglers and was in formed a small green emerger, so listening to them i stuck on the hot red head damsel and after a dozen casts or so i hadn’t received a take or anything. I reeled in and passed another two anglers, they had been there since before 11am and one of them suggested a small green emerger. I could see quite a few fish just sipping at something, but rather than go into the next swim which i could have done, i decided to leave the angler to his own water and move down an extra 20 yards behind a bush which would hide me from the other anglers. It also left me about 50 yards above the next two anglers. This time though i had listened as to what fly to use, so i took off the reliable Damsel. The one last thing that the owner said to me as i walked out of the office was that it can be a bit of a fluff chuckers water, so armed with all of this common info, i stuck on a white fritz and had a fish on the first cast. It looked about a pound and a half but when i finally weighed it, she went 3lb exact. Over the next 30 minutes or so i had more takes than is fare to have in a whole days fly fishing, considering some of the other anglers had only had a couple of fish for 4 or 5 hours spoil. I used fritz but only in one colour, by that i don’t mean a mixed body and tail. The body and tail are one colour only and i had takes on every single fly, but due to the rising black sediment off the bottom which often happens at this time of year, i was having to change flies every couple of casts because they were coming home black. I put all of the flies that i took off into an empty pot and then cleaned them out properly with warm soapy water when i got home. This is attention to detail that i used to do a lot when i was carp fishing and i am sure it was this that got me a few extra takes on that afternoon. After approx an hours fishing i had to stop because i really didn’t feel well. You don’t need to know the ins and outs of my health but lets just say i can only manage about an hour at a time before i have to give up. I don’t mean take a break, i mean give up as i am that ill and i have to think about getting home. Successful colours of fritz this trip were not just one colour like the last trip. This time it was yellow, white, orange, red, green, the one i did want to try was the purple one, so maybe next trip i will start with the purple fritz, i have no idea which water it will be on? probably Dever Springs as its only 5 minutes from home, but time will tell.

What a Beauty!

2016 February 12
by Wendy

What do fishery bailiffs do in the close season. Apart from working around the fishery, the go fishing of course. See attached photo of Ted (Bailiff at Summerfield’s fly fishery) with his prize Salmon from Palm Springs. One of 20 fish caught between ted & three friends on a day out in December.














Dropshotting with Flies, by Anthony Wood

2016 February 1
by Wendy


If you have followed my pages you will have seen that last year I caught some perch using flies that had been specifically tied for using on the dropshot.

Recently I was reading an issue of Anglers Mail and lo and behold there was an article on fishing the dropshot using flies, also before someone comes out with horrible comments I’m not saying someone copied me or even that I came up with the idea as I’m fully aware it has been used many many times before I used it. The article did however rekindle my interest in using flies on the dropshot.

I have been looking at a company called ‘Trout Flies UK’ a lot lately as I am thinking more and more about learning to fly fish as it is the only style of fishing I haven’t done yet. It is a family run business and they produce some brilliant looking trout flies such as the damsels which I thought would be absolutely perfect for dropshotting as well as fly fishing.

Looking on their website I found ’24 damsel flies in a water tight trout box’ (boxed damsel-trout-fishing-flies) which looked absolutely perfect for the job and at only £12.99 for 24 flies and the box I thought it was a bargain. Having got in touch with the company they were extremely helpful and also recommended trying some of the hothead flies that they make as well.

So now I knew what flies to get and waited for them to arrive. The package arrived really quickly and upon opening I was extremely surprised at the superb quality of not only the trout box but the craftsmanship of the flies. Considering the price of these flies the quality is simply stunning, after taking out the cost of the trout box (£6.99) the damsels work out at just 25 pence each!!!!!

If you run out of flies the box will also be highly useful for storing jigheads in too.

Okay so I don’t have the right tackle yet for fly fishing so these flies were destined to be used on the dropshot. I tied a couple of the colours on and I was going to start with a yellow, then changed my mind to a hothead, then an orange, finally settling back on the yellow.

The weekend I was fishing arrived and if I’m honest I didn’t hold out much hope as it had been seriously raining the day before and the canal I was fishing with some friends was highly coloured (I couldn’t see the lures/flies under 1″ of water) and carrying some extra water.

I started out with the yellow fly on the dropshot but due to the colour of the water didn’t get any bites. I moved onto some of my soft Relax Lures and managed five perch but I still really wanted to get a fish on these damsel flies.

About half way through the day I found some water that was a bit clearer so I put an orange damsel on and cast out my dropshot rig.

Within a couple of gentle twitches my rod hooped over and line started coming off my reel, either this was a good sized perch or I’d managed to hook a jack pike.

After a few minutes of reeling in and then losing line when the fish did a run I had a nice little jack pike in my net.

As the wind picked up and the rain started again the fish turned off and I didn’t get any more fish for the day. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the company, I proved to myself that I can catch fish on these brilliant flies from Trout Flies UK and I will definitely be using them again.

I also tied up a split shot rig and a carolina rig but didn’t think the conditions were suitable for that rig so will try that at a later stage.




You can find out more about the flies from Trout Flies UK via these links.

Facebook: /TroutfliesUK
Twitter: @TroutfliesUK

Another Good Catch

2015 November 13
by Wendy

Ben Moody Landed this beauty on one of our Gold Head Cats Whiskers which you can still see in the mouth.


Nice one !!ben2

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Journey of a Begginer

2015 May 21
by Wendy

A customer has shared his blog with us showing his first steps into fly fishing, a great read. You can see the tungsten pheasant tail nymph still in the trouts mouth!

Check it out – HERE


Competition Winners

2015 May 1
by Wendy

Here we havePicture1 the winners of the friendly catch and return at Summerfields Trout Fishery in Luton

They were issued with Damsels, Buzzers and Gnats from our Fly Collection by organiser Ted Leather .

With 29 Entrys 49 fish were caught.


Winning Black Lumi Zonkers

2015 April 27
by Wendy

The lumi zonker flies are one of our top selling trout flies and Paul Kay from Ireland has promoted their quality’s by winning the Rathcon Winter League Final using these beauties!

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The Rathcon Winter League final was held Sunday 09 March. 13 anglers fished the event and landed 26 fish over the 4hrs. It was a tough but fair final with a strong westerly wind making conditions pretty testing.




Congratulations to the following prize winnerspaul kay

  • 1st Paul Kay – 5 fish
  • 2nd Noel Bennett – 4 fish
  • 3rd Dave McBride – 3 fish
  • 4th Carl Owens – 3 fish
  • 5th Garrett Byrne – 2 fish

What a Catch!

2015 April 22
by Wendy

Steve Cracknell from St Neots in Cambridgeshire, shares with us this stunning trout weighing in at 10lb, Nice one!

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Another Pike on the Fly

2015 April 22
by Wendy

Paul Unsworth is a regular customer here at Troutflies and purchases his fly tying materials from us. He has happily passed over some images of his latest catch from Itchen House Fishery.

Paul was using a classic style Salmon Fly and was rewarded with a 35lb 3oz Pike ! Nice one Paul !

paul uns

Another great catch from Down Under

2014 June 24
by Wendy

Another great catch from Mr Rob Gleghorn, we had some special brown and silver nymphs made for Rob which as you can see certainly bare fruit! The season has just ended in Australia but we look forward to some more updates next year from Rob.


Troutflies Customers

2014 April 16
by Wendy

I guess to many people we are just a webpage that you browse, shop, place an order and it arrives generally the next day.

But just occasionally we email or speak to people on a regular basis working to get them the right patterns made to spec, or generally just helpful advise.

One such customer is Mr T Johns who has been a long term customer and indeed one of his flies – Toms Choice has become a top seller on our site. He recently shared with us some pictures which he gladly gave us permission to share with customers. If tou have any pictures you would like to share with us please feel free to email them to us.

This one is his largest fish at 11lb 11oz

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This one is a recent catch at Larners Lake

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Pike Fly Fishing

2013 November 25
by Wendy

Catching a pike, one of the largest predator fish is a challenge all of us fishermen want to achieve at one point. For some its a tick box, for others its a lifetime challenge pursuing these magnificent beasts.

Jerk Bait, Lures, big spoons, and of course deadbait have to be what most of us associate with pike fishing,  but the more modern method of catching them fast and friendly has to be with the Pike Flies. Doing away with the treble hooks which can cause damage and a simple pattern on a single hook has to be not only a better option for the pike, but boy is it good fun !

We have a great Range of Pike Flies for you to have a go with.

Let us know how you get on, and send us your pictures!


Reminder: Don’t miss out on this unusual art exhibition!

2013 October 21

Regular readers of our blog will remember that we posted about Linton Meagher’s exciting and unusual art exhibition Pursuits: The MacNab Challenge last week. Linton creates sculptures by using materials taken out of their usual context – including fish sculptures crafted from fishing flies supplied by Troutflies UK – to tell a story inspired by the book John MacNab by John Buchan, in which the protagonist has to catch a salmon on the fly, bag a brace of grouse and stalk a stag all in a single day.


The exhibition opened today (Monday October 21st) at Gallery 8, Duke Street St James, London, and runs until Sunday 27 October 2013, so we thought it would be a good idea to remind all our readers who are able to get to it not to miss out on what is sure to be an engrossing and thought-provoking exhibition for fans of game sports – not least because you might bump into certain members of the Troutflies UK team in person as you peruse the exhibits!

The exhibition is hosted by art curators COMODAA. Based in Sydney and London, COMODAA’s remit is to introduce Australian contemporary art to markets beyond its borders, showcasing to the world that Australian art is more than what is widely believed to be indigenous work. In 2014, COMODAA aims to reciprocate the initiative and introduce British contemporary art down under.


For enquiries about the works and further details about the forthcoming exhibition including invitations to the private view, please contact Toby White at or call on +44 (0)7790 005 416.

You can find out more about artist Linton Meagher – and view more of his stunning work – at his official website. The images used in this post are all copyright of Linton Meagher.

Trout made from Troutflies ??

2013 October 17
by Wendy


Can you imagine a fish sculpture made from Trout Flies??


Well Australian artist Linton Meagher has done exactly that using our own trout flies 🙂


Announcing an art exhibition with a difference – and one sure to excite anyone keen on game sports.

‘Pursuits: The MacNab Challenge’ is inspired by the book John MacNab by John Buchan in which the protagonist has to catch a salmon on the fly, bag a brace of grouse and stalk a stag in a single day.

Sydney-born artist, Linton Meagher (pron.‘Marr’) uses materials taken out of their usual context and presented in innovative and surprising ways; spent shotgun cartridges depict game birds in flight and fishing flies are used to create salmon and trout arcing upstream, among many such things.

Pursuits: The MacNab Challenge opens at Gallery 8, Duke Street St James, London, on Monday 21 October until Sunday 27 October 2013.

The exhibition is hosted by art curators COMODAA. Based in Sydney and London, COMODAA’s remit is to introduce Australian contemporary art to markets beyond its borders, showcasing to the world that Australian art is more than what is widely believed to be indigenous work. In 2014, COMODAA aims to reciprocate the initiative and introduce British contemporary art down under.

For enquiries about the works and further details about the forthcoming exhibition including invitations to the private view, please contact Toby White at or call on +44 (0)7790 005 416.



Troutflies Down Under!

2013 September 13
by Simon Williams

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It never fails to amaze us how, even though we are a family-run fly fishing business based in the North West of the UK, our products are used by fly fishers all over the globe.

Case in point: Mr. Rob Gleghorn, who hails from Australia, got in touch with us to kindly share some photos of the gorgeous trout he caught using flies he’d purchased from our wide selection. These beauties were caught back in June up in the snowy mountains of New South Wales, and Rob informs us that they’re a common size for that river near the end of their trout season:

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Rob says he uses both a fly rod and a fly reel as well as light spin gear to drift flies in that particular river, and, with trout like that waiting to be caught, it’s no surprise he’s looking forward to the season starting again in October!

Thanks to Rob for sharing his photos with us all the way from Down Under, and if you’re a Troutflies customer we’d love to see your photos of catches you’ve made with our products – no matter where in the world you are! Contact us at to share your stories!


Where We Source our Flies (and Why it Matters)

2013 August 30
by Simon Williams

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Recently, a member of the Fly Fishing internet forum contacted us here at Troutflies UK, after a forum thread in which members had raised concerns about the possibility of inhumane treatment of animals being used to supply fur/feather for fly tying. The Chinese fur trade in particular was noted as having a reputation for being particularly inhumane (you can read the original forum thread here).

The member asked us if we could advise him:

  • which (if any) of our flies are made in China
  • which (if any) of our flies are made using fur/hair sourced from the Chinese fur trade and
  • finally, whether any of the fly tying materials we sell are sourced from the Chinese fur trade

We replied to the gentleman in question, but we thought it would be a good idea to make clear about our sources, as we know that inhumane treatment of animals is a very real matter of concern for a number of flyfishermen and our customers.

Absolutely none of our flies are made in China.

The only imports we stock from China are our fly boxes, which are made by the same firm as Snowbie Boxes.

Most of the materials used in general fly tying now are synthetic, although traditional tyers like to use real feathers. The feather and fur used in products on our site is all a product of Veniard’s and they hold the vet certificates. Being as they are one of the top names in fly tying we are certain they would never associate themselves with stock that may be the result of inhumane treatment of animals.

Please feel assured we would never, ever buy our flies from China. We hope this sets everyone’s minds at rest!

New in Stock

2013 March 20
by Wendy

Charles Jardine fly lines, fantastic products at a price we can all afford Distance and Presentation Lines in stock,
Technical Info: Presentation Taper – High Buoyancy Float
I am the fly line that will get you a gold medal for distance. My bullet-shaped body creates a distance taper that forms powerful, tight loops when cast. Meaning I shoot like John Wayne and eat wind for breakfast! When fish are moving just out of range, pick me up and fire me out

I work like a dream on Stillwater reservoirs or lakes hitting extreme distances required, working exceptionally well with teams of flies or lures.

Check them out here – CJL

Great Summer Offers

2012 July 3
by Wendy

New Special offers!

Kamasan Fly leader (50m) – £2.25

12 packs of Daddy Long Legs – £3.75

12 Cruncher Nymphs – £3.25

Apps Bloodworm – 29p

12 Packs Olive/Green Buzzers – £3.25

Bloody Butchers – 23p

12 Packs of Invictas – £2.50

Sponsor the Girls !

2012 June 1
by Wendy

Although we support as best we can the small fishing clubs we also choose a charity to supprt and this year it is Cancer Research.
Three of our girls are running the race for life in support of this, if anyone wishes to sponsor them the links are below. I am sure many of you have spoken with them over time, there is a book open on who raises the most money!!

Emma – The brummie accent, coming in last at the moment!

Becky – The cute one,

Annie – Miss Glamour Currently in the lead!


2011 November 15
by Wendy

This weeks special offers are as follows:

24 Goldhead Montana for just £6.50

18 Goldhead Fritz – Olive and Blacks – £4.99

18 Daddy Long Legs Mixed Type – £4.99

18 Pheasant Tail Nymph £4.99

Also available
Black Horn Sedge down to 29p
Goldhead Black Epoxy down to 29p
Olive Humpy also just 29p