Friday, 24 April 2015

solar eclipse revolution


the deercreek crew have always been at the forefront of eye technology for 3d eyes and have always been leaders in it, and the eyes have often been copied by others , ive been for a long time pushing for black eyes as i long believed they would be excellent for predator flies and would really stand out on a fly , and so the day has come and they have arrived eclipse

how absolutely sexy are these of course i couldn't wait to get to the vice to tie with them and here is the first one of the vice


hook - dai raki 2/0
thread - veevus 10/0 black thread
tail - black marabou
body - marabou
flash - black crystal flash
eye 8mm - solar eclipse

i really think these eyes set off the black marabou of the fly brilliantly, ive shown the fly wet as dry marabou is obviously a very different looking beast ,  cool little baitfish


hook - 6/0 octopus
thread - veevus 10/0 black thread
tail - black whiting farm saddle hackle
body - black northern bucktail
back - peacock herl
flash - black crystal flash
eye 8mm - solar eclipse
head - diamond hard uv

and awesome skinny baitfish 


hook - 6/0 octopus
thread - clear mono thread
body - ep fibre
flash - chartreuse angel hair
flash (gills) red angel hair
eye 12mm - solar eclipse

these are only a quick 3 ties i have done having just come in from work and was keen to get a few tied and i also wanted to show the eyes on different materials  i have also got some other new eyes that i will be tying with this weekend so stay tuned , but im sure you'll agree these eyes are outstanding and i have a million and one ideas to try .

these eyes at time of writing should be available on deercreeks website this weekend

also off the vice this week is more bullheads from mega lazer dub

hook - dai raki 3/0
thread - clear mono
body back - olive gliss n glint plus
body belly  - yellow gliss n glint plus
flash - gold angel hair
eye 8mm - roachie eyes

bullheads are awesome flies and have a great action in the water heres a video of a bullhead in action from many years ago on the fens while i was on a raid across the border to england

have to give a big shout out to a one mr smith who i supplied a pike pack to last week for his trip to the lake of menteith in scotland (Scotlands only lake all the rest are lochs) and a stunning place for a days fishing

unfortunately the fish just were not playing ball despite several follows and a a couple of large fish that sat at the back of the fly they were not in playfull mood , ive been there and done that on the lake many times , and it can be so frustrating you've done everything right your flies are right, there interested but just dont take , i guess that's what keeps us going back for more better luck next time and keep at it matey ....bloody fish

so im off on my travels for what could be an outstanding weekend in a boat with an orang-utan trolling flies for ferox , drinking whisky in the evening , and an ample supply of scotch pies and ample haggis tosties  while on the troll :-) cant wait .

in the meantime im going to be battering out new flies over the next week so stay tuned and remember to check out the deercreek guys for good down to earth honest fly tying stuff in the uk check em out at

or if your in the united states you can order from the completely bonkers dave hise at casters fly shop for a fantastic friendly service , casters also ship to the uk for non deercreek product also

so thats it for this week back to the vice for me so wherever you are have fun and see you out there

(a cave in scotland)

and proud

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

a life in fluff


so its been an eventful march and april so far , although ive not had a blog post for a few weeks simple because ive been doing some crazy work shifts and been at the vice fulfilling orders in-between which it has to be said has given me little opportunity to get out fishing  but have some plans to actually get out in the the next few weeks work and orders permitting , infact sods law the last time i was supposed to go out i was actually ill blah but such is life .

ive been playing with silicone again , i really like using it as  tying medium and so far ive used it on gliss and glint and natural materials , my latest is using Icelandic sheep hair and that has worked lovley as well giving a really nice head profile that stays the same shape in water so for a pike looking up it will see a very lifelike profile from below , this is something ill keep experimenting with as i think it has a lot to offer in the way of new ideas ,

the finished sheephair with silicone head , almost verging on a fly version of a jerkbait although it looks quite bulky in fact its not at all the silicone keep a bulky looking shape but has the free movement of a natural material of a tail , again the proof is in the fishing so looking forward to trying it out

top view 

lazerdub baitfish

freash out of the deercreek stable of materials is mega lazerdub 

this is a very cool natural material that incorporates a fine flash through it and makes some fantastic looking baitfish patterns , all you need to do is match up a similar colour of body to the head then tie in some lazerdub for the head and trim to shape and as you can see from the pictures below the results are quite stunning and there not that hard to make  and you have an awesome looking fly for a whole heap of predatory species 

again despite looking quite bulky there not , and are actually quite light 

colour combinations are endless and you can get a whole heap of colour combos , really the only thing to hold you back is your imagination for £2.99 a pack , and you can get a lot of flies from a pack

close up of the head really how could a fish resist 

this pink combo is one of my favourites just now , and probably go down well on stocked trout fisheries with pike in , these are big flies , but dont let that put you off you can also tie these quite small for smaller species , 

 click the link below to see the full colour range 

deer creek are now also stocking game changer material and again something else that  is fairly easy to use and tie and comes in a white so you can get the kids colour felt tips and play away with it , the tie below is tied on 3 articulated shanks and a stinger in the tail , and offers a sizeable meal for hungry preds 

and now for something completely different 

if you trawl the internet youll not have failed to come across the method of fishing called drop shotting which involve jigging of the bottom with small lures and small rods and to be fair this method takes a lot of fish so when i was asked to do some flies for this method i was confident of what i was doing as ive made small weighted flies before for people fishing for perch 

above is a 4 inch perchy type baitfish for drop shotting the fly is tied on a basic 3./0 longshank hook and incorporates a rattle in the body and epoxy behind the eyes to counter the rattle weight which sits further down the hook , material is gliss n glint plus  and an 8mm gator eye the whipping is finished with diamond fine i have high hopes for this and think ill be doing a few variations , and of course for non fly fishers you can of course use flies on a spinning rod the key is getting some weight in for casting without affecting the action .

i have done a fair amount of flies for spinning and as i said the key is to weight it correctly and i always do this most of the time with epoxy behind the eyes which gives just enough weight to flick out a fair distance , the method for retrieve is a basic sink and draw and let me tell you it works you'll never get the same action with a hard lure as you can with a fly , through the years ive found most of the people who buy flies for lure rods have been using them on canals where distance isnt needed , flies can be fished almost at a dead slow without losing any action giving a great impersonation of a dying fish food for though watch this space 

big bad madness

had an order for some big bad 10 inch beast hunters , i always enjoy making big flies and always try to use as little material as possible but keeping a a good bulk shape in the water and presenting a sizeable meal , blue i always think is an underused colour for predators and you mostly see it in saltwater patterns but it works just as well in freshwater especially with waters with high roach stocks , sometimes its good to push the boundaries and as the picture below from daz harrison fishing with a smaller blue roach pattern  proves blue catches pike 

always nice to see fish on flies youve tied i take great pride in my flies so always love seeing fish on them , unfortunately but understandably a lot of customers dont want pics on the net so not to give away locations and i totally respect that so nice to get permission to use one or two cheers again daz   

a big 10 inch perch pattern , the back colour gliss n glint is a few shades darker than the body and ive added some orange artic fox fur which when wet looks fantastic and of course you can mix synthetic and naturals together unless somebody knows a law that says you cant 

and a big 10 inch dark flasher with inbuilt rattle this i think will do the business on bream filled waters look forward to seeing the results 

so onwards and upwards  
greetings from the cave 
(a cave in scotland)

Thursday, 19 March 2015

silicone fishhead sandeel sbs



2/0 dai riki hooks 
large sandeel fish heads
diamond fine uv (the only non tacky out there)
icelandic sheep hair white / olive
deer creek crystal flash
clear mono thread
a tube of silicone 

hook in the vice (obviously)

attatch thread down the length of the hook shank

add a small amount of gorilla glue to the shank  

take a piece of white Icelandic sheep hair (length is depending how long you want the eel) and tease out the soft hair from the butt end 

tie on from the hook eye and finish off where the back of the head sits (just place the head on to get the correct measurement) and bring the thread back up to the hook eye

take a piece of red angel hair and tie in on the under side of the shank  

fold over loose angel hair and tie down to the back of the sheep hair 

tie in the same length of olive sheep hair 

add a couple of lengths of crystal flash and finish off at the back of the hook

place the head on and get the position correct , the bottom of the fish head should sit flush with the hook shank  

flip the hook in the vice and make sure your happy with the positioning , then tie in a couple of wraps at the nose (there is a little tag that makes this easy to hold for position )

add a small amount of diamond fine to hold the head in position

next take a pinch of silicone (i find it best to place it on my finger makes it easier for working on the head)

spread along the head , filling in the gap on the head and over the body (not as messy as it seems)

i finish off just behind the head 

and leave for a few mins to dry 

and there you have a great looking sandeel , using silicone gives the head a life like feel 

these things are not only good for sea species , i have caught a ton of pike on them as well give it a try youll be surprised just how good these things look in the water 

other stuff from the cave 

a couple of size 10 perch fries for a pal, finished with deer creek gator eyes and diamond fine uv

quite enjoined making these although making flies this small is a bit of a novelty for me i could hardly see the hook .......good fun and cool looking fish snacks 

(a cave in scotland)

Sunday, 8 March 2015

salty snacks and plans afoot

Challenge accepted from a man on an island

Ok so it started out as a facebook post to the destroyer I was tagged in 
There's your fly tying challenge (that Dave Lindsay might want to have a shot at too.) Small coal fish. 6 inches long. A staple diet of sea trout around the coast of Shetland. Needs to be saltwater resistant, durable , easy to cast and catch fish. 

Found this really interesting as id made flies for Pollock but never made a Pollock fly so happy as every to have a go

So gliss and glint was the way to go obviously J

Used a 3/0 mustad saltwater hook and a gliss and glint body, I actually whipped this up while I was waiting for my oven chips to cook 

And to finish a nice large eye 

sorry folks ive tried  for half an hour to try and fix the paragraphs in white and cant fix it , bugger

Encased in epoxy the eye ads weight as well as action on the retrieve (looks quite pink in the picture, not quite that pink in reality)  actually for a fly that I chucked together while waiting for my chips to cook I think it hits the spot …..May try it for pike as well 

I have a 2 day salty trip coming up shortly so although I don’t need too I started on some more sandeel patterns just in case

So in no particular order heres a few of my favourite patterns 

Marabou sandeel

Hook - dia riki 2/0
Thread – clear mono
Body – dark olive marabou
Flash – deer creek pearl crystal flash
Head – deer creek fish headz 

Hook - dia riki 2/0
Thread – clear mono
Body – gliss n glint plus (chartreuse)
Flash – red angel hair
Head – silicone
Eye - 5mm gator eye  

Deep sandeel
Hook - dia riki 2/0
Thread – clear mono
Body – gliss n glint plus (blue and pearl)
Flash – predator flash
Head – mega braid tube  
Eye - 5mm 3d flat foil eye  

Diamond fine uv sandeel

Hook - dia riki 2/0
Thread – clear mono
Belly  – gliss n glint plus (white)
Body – 2 white saddle hackles
Back – olive sheephair
Back – 1 barred saddle hackle
Flash – crystal flash flash
Head – mega tube braid
Eye - 5mm gator eye  

same pattern different gator eye 

So there you go this time next week ill be on my way back after hopefully 2 days of catching these things (which by the way fight like stink on the fly)

Or if im really good mabey some of these
(from the venue were fishing)

 One things for sure its going to be a lot of fun fishing into 60ft of water and connecting with these things J im actually quite excited

And you know with scenery like this catching fish is a bonus 

A big shout out to my fishing partner in crime for next week james who has put me onto some great fishing, hopefully have some cool stuff to share next week as well as hotel horror storys cheers jim J

Hi im James  they call me Alaska bob in these parts hmmm

Later folks
( a cave in scotland)