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.

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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

toms 11lb11oz trout

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one is a recent catch at Larners Lake

Tom at Larners - Pic 1

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!

info@troutflies.co.uk

 

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.

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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.

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For enquiries about the works and further details about the forthcoming exhibition including invitations to the private view, please contact Toby White at toby.white@comodaa.com 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

linton

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 toby.white@comodaa.com 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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Troutflies down under photo 1

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 info@troutflies.co.uk 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!

Specials

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

Humungous Flies

2011 September 16
by Wendy

The Humungous trout flies have arrived, great choice of colours on these great goldhead sinkers check them out below

Humungous Flies

 

Summer Fly Fishing

2010 July 13
by Wendy

Summer has to be one of the most fruitfull times for fly fishing. evening fishing is most productive. Take a look around the local river activity, there is alwayas a mass of insect life hatching and buzzing with the trout taking advantage and feasting on insects either hatching or unlucky enough to fall into the water. Olives are out at the moment so time to get out the dry olives, or my favorite the Olive F Fly.

The F fly can be used when buzzers are hatching and it fishes in the film as an emerger. The cdc feathers being naturally oily hold the fly in the film and the fish will usually sip them in. Fish the fly static and do not attempt to put any floatant on the fly . The only drawback is that after a fish has been caught the fly must be changed and allowed to dry before using again. When the fish are on it you get through plenty of flies !! In larger sizes the olive version can be very effective during hatches of olives.On the rivers the fly is a good one to try when fish are rising but you are not certain what exactly they want. Experiment with sizes and colours until you find the right combination. Do not allow to drag or else the fly will become water logged although it can still take fish beneath the surface !

Midge flies are also around and I would recommend staying on a smaller hook with the tiny black flies getting results.

Stay in the shade and keep your emails coming letting us know how you are getting on !

An Ode To the Fisherman

2009 December 7
by Wendy

Today I’m on a mission
Not an easy one at that
For I aim to catch the biggest fish
And reign supreme at last

I’ve been to see my dealer
Bought the recipe to succeed
It’ cost me next years wages
But things he said I’d need

The day is overcast and ripe
Just like I’m told “you’ll need”
Its perfect conditions by the book
Depending on which one you read

I make my way down to the bank
And glance around for prey
They show off jumping large as life
Today will be my day

For I am armed, You stand no chance
Surrender forthwith ye fish
Prepare to be conquered
And served tonight by dish

I search among my precious flies
And choose the one that will
Catch my prize, my personal trophy
I prepare him for the kill

Out he goes, the perfect angle
Filled with known elation
This lunch supreme, so fake and rich
My breath is held in anticipation

What has gone wrong? My fly comes back
Eaten only by the weeds
I need to choose again.. of course
This fish has greater needs

I rummage through my box of tricks
And pick my secret tool
The one that “fly fish weekly”
Recommend will always fool

Suddenly there is a splash
I watch with total glee
As tonights dinner flaunts its stuff
And dances in front of me

Ahaaa you fool, I’m here for you
Don’t stand so proud just yet
My Mission has just begun
And it’s you I aim to get

Out goes my line, Ohh boy its long
Your reign my friend has past
This will not fail.. I guarantee,
I’m sure this is the cast

But once again this stupid fish
Has failed to take my offing
It takes another leap in jest
By god I believe it’s scoffing

Out goes the bait for one last try
But alas my feelings alter
For I know I have just encountered
The supreme king of the water

I’ve tried to take him from his home
He can laugh at me with rapture
For he is the one that knows
I’m the fisherman for capture

Women Can Fish :)

2009 December 7
by Wendy

Now listen up you guys out there
I need to get this off my chest!
We know you all like fishing
But us girlies do it best!

I’ve been around for many years
And before you start to moan
Don’t be giving me that drivel
That I need to stay at home

I challenge you to come and see
An expert in the action
I cast a fly like any man
AND I flipping catch um!

I guess you have an issue
And can see from where I’m sitting
You think I should be baking cakes
Or making sweaters knitting

I hope you have the message
If not, then that’s just tough
Let me tell you chauvinist
This girl isn’t giving up!

Winter Fly Fishing

2009 November 23
by Wendy

Winter or cold weather fly fishing is generally done on weighted flies or a sub surface flies. Nymphs and wets presented in this manner will probably get the best results. Weighted nymphs and wets can get down pretty fast if you need to fish at a deep level. Weights can also be added to your line if the flies are tied without beadheads or wire for weight This is not to say that dry flies will not come in useful as you will sometimes see some surface activity. Keep your eyes open to what is going on around you and be prepared to swap flies and do not be despondent if the fly you caught 6 with last weekend is not working today!

Weighted lures especially in the goldheads are a popular fly throughout the winter months, our selection is quite vast and I would suggest you take quite a few different colours if this is your chosen method. Gold head trout flies can be fished on any line, from a full floater to the fastest of sinkers.

gh menace variant

Nymph Flies

2009 October 24
by Wendy

black silver rib nymphNymph Flies

Nymph flies represent the stage prior to them hatching out on the top as dry flies, this stage is of course underwater and therefore can be a challenge as you will not see the fish rise for the fly as in dry fishing, again using a strike indicator can be helpful, you will need to determine how to recognise a take, when the indicator stops it can be because of an obstruction as all nymph fly fishing is done close to the bottom of the water, it helps if you know the water and how clear it is likely to be in the area you are fishing. Weights on your leader will be required to get the nymph down to the depth where the fish are feeding, not as easy as it sounds!

When fish are feeding on nymphs they will not strike at it as they would a dry fly as it is to the fish an easy bit of lunch floating past so detecting a take is an art that needs practice.

The easiest method for nymph fishing is similar to wet fishing. Cast over the opposite side, let the fly go with the currant until its inline with yourself, keep the line tight and with your rod pointing at the fly. When it settles it will rise with the current as would a natural nymph fly on its way to the surface to hatch. You will generally feel a take using this method. Of course we are assuming here you are river fishing and there are indeed many other methods for nymph fishing and I think practice and determination are important with this method. Ask or watch other anglers. Nymph fishing is not easy!

Dry Flies

2009 October 24
by Wendy

greenwell glory winged dryDry Flies

Dry trout flies are probably the most traditional, in most fisherman’s eyes, (although wet fishing goes back much further) This method is basically deceiving the trout into believing this is their natural food which they readily eat from the surface. Most fly fisherman say it’s the hardest method as opposed to perhaps lure fishing, but I don’t go with that theory. A simple technique of floating the fly along the surface means you can see exactly where your fly is and usually you will see the fish approaching. Avoid any drag using this method of fishing as it will look unnatural to the trout, just cast upstream and allow the fly to drift with the current, always cast diagonal to avoid scaring away any fish.

Select your dry fly to mimic the insect life around you, matching the hatch is quite easy if you take some time to observe which flies are around and if indeed the trout are rising out of the water to take them. If you do not see the trout rising then it is likely they are feeding subsurface and therefore a different method is required.

Dry flies should be delicate generally winged although there are many without wings.

Use a floatant with the dry fly such as Geherkes Gink, this will keep the fly on the surface and prevent it getting water logged.

Use a light weight line, fish have good eye sight, a smaller rod for dry fly fishing is preferred as you will not really be making long casts

Wet Flies

2009 October 24
by Wendy

Wet Flies

bloody butcher

How to describe a wet fly, well perhaps If we said “aquatic insects that move” So it can represent a dead or dying insect or the struggling nymph subsurface. They are usually quite dark in colour and tied sparse in a simple design. Generally you will fish wet flies close to the bottom so they are designed to sink, a soft hackle will provide the movement. A sinking line is the obvious choice although weights on a floating line can get the same result.

The most popular method with wet fly fishing is on droppers offering 2 or more flies at once, this can be done with ready made fly casts which usually incorporate 2 droppers or by making your own, there is no limit to how many you wish to offer at once although be careful of getting your line tangled. If you use different designs at once it is a good way of finding out what the fish are feeding on that day.

The easiest method of wet  fly fishing is to cast opposite side and downstream then follow your cast with the rod pointed towards the fly, you can jerk it slightly to give more movement. Raising the rod tip will offer the wet fly as an emerging insect. There are a lot more complex methods but the aforementioned is a good place to start.

Don’t be afraid to use strike indicators.

Flyde Trout Fishery

2009 October 6
by Wendy

Fylde Trout Fishery has a beautiful deep 5 acre lake with clear water. Located in the heart of rural Fylde, yet only 5 minutes from the M55 motorway.

Fylde Trout Fishery was opened in 2009 and is full of hard fighting rainbow trout. The fishery is surrounded by wildlife and has been planted with native trees and hedges to blend in with the surrounding country side.

The trout range from 1.5 pounds to 12 pounds in weight, with some of the fish tagged. If a tagged fish is caught you will win a prize. (Tagged Fish Must Be Returned)

flydevisit the website -flydetroutfishery.co.uk