Friday, 13 January 2017

1st post of the year mother truckers


well 2017 already cant believe it , and now all the festivities are thankfully past i can get back to tying and fishing , well i really didn't do that much fishing last year due to  moving house and work patterns , but this year is going to be a bit different as i will have some more downtime now i have settled and indeed my trip of the year has been booked , two days on this amazing highland venue  with the wild loch group chasing pike trout and perch 

now there's a few of us going and a few different methods being employed i shall of course be chucking the fluff so looking forward to this greatly , not only for the stunning views and remoteness but with a great bunch of guys whom im lucky enough to call my friends.

talking about fluff i actually need to tye some specific patterns for this as im going with my smaller fried alive patterns as there is also trout and perch in here so im kinda hedging my bets as this time of year we never know what the weather will be like so with my fried alives i only insist on the very best hooks for em as i usually multiple fish on em so the have to stand up to the job so of course with my busy lifestyle with with work i realize i needed to order some hooks (im pretty sure i had run out).

so i decided to try out my phone to see if i could work out how to order online via a mobile (i was on a lunch break honest and sat on the toilet in case my manager reads this) and im not the most tech savy so i headed over to and found they have a really nice mobile version of there website .

so typed in the address and the rather nice homepage came up as above with a front page telling you what the best sellers are (diamond uv products) no surprise there great stuff 

so i clicked on the menu tab at the top and got a drop down menu and found very easily the hooks section

within a few seconds this bought me to the page of the hooks they do so scrolled down without any freezing and found what i was looking for and it gave me the option to click on the hook for more info

so clicked on that and i pretty much got all the info i needed and simply added it to my cart in one click , i then needed to go and buy some dna fiber so back to the menu scroll down found it and made the 2 color choices i needed added to the basket and that was it , i was then able to check out with paypal very easily and to be honest the whole thing too around 5 mins tops , to say i was impressed is an understatement , and to make things even better i got my stuff very quickly bonus.

this for me is great because in this day and age i often get orders mailed to me and if im at work and find myself needing materials i can order there and then and im off and ready to tie within a day or so , so great work deercreek on a very easy to use system even for an old spangle like me a full 10/10 if i can do it anybody can . 

time well spent 

 time well spent indeed , i love having vice time and sometimes the ideas just flow , well it was like that last week we i went nits with blending materials to come up with lots of wonderful fluff and you know the thing is i look at a fly and think yup thats going to catch but buggered if ill have enough time in my life time to fish all the flies i tie but hey ho still time well spent

i love playing around with colors and materials of course im still a total convert to gliss n glint plus and im finding i can do more and more with it especially with smaller fly funk , there has been ive noticed especially in this country a shift towards smaller patterns around 4 inchs and smaller , now most of the fish ive caught have been on smaller flies , now i really dont know if that because the pike are predating on smaller baitfish or if i would have caught the same fish if i had been using a bigger fly at the same spot and time but there is a lot of bigger fish coming to smaller flies and there always the chance of bonus species as well .

i have to say at this point im still not a convert to those big flies with the wiggly tails to me it just seems a lot of effort in tying them when the more traditional flies still catch as many fish , ive watched loads of videos on line , mostly bonkers swedes fishing these big flies and i watch with interest and wonder if they would have caught those same fish with normal flies , but again its one of those things that everybody jumps on the band wagon and wants the latest thing to drain your wallet and if you dont have it well you not a proper fly angler , well er bollocks ive never and never will follow fads im quite happy with what i do and indeed the folks who but my flies are also happy with the flies i tie and dont even ask me to tie them as they still catch lots of fish , i mean remember a few years ago when dan blantons flash tail whistler was all the rage and people said that was the only fly that caught fish well i had already had them in my box long before that bollocks from fulling mill picked them up and started selling hundreds of crap African tied phish to gullible anglers and these day you hardly hear of people fishing them its all those big rubber tailed monstrosities  , stick to the flies that catch you fish dont jump on the bandwagon circus of the next must have thing your wasting your money .

now im not saying there rubbish flies far from it its always good to chop and change but i wonder what will be next and these rubber tailed beasts will be long forgotten in the bottom of your fly boxes along with the flashtails and other 10 min wonders but im guessing you know where im coming from

 been doing some weedless flies and a lot of people struggle with the fact that the hookpoint is covered with material , well yea i see where there coming from but with synthetics and the way there tied it really has zero problem , the material is tied very sparsely although it looks like a lot its actually not so you can get in among the weeds without fouling up and if a fish hits it will hook without issue as the point is just under the material , and actually its a killer way to fish in the summer when a lot of pike are down in among it , i think they look kinda neat as well

well broke out the gliss yet again and produced a little trout pattern although the picture dosnt do it justice really well im crap with a camera to be honest but enjoyed breaking out the marker pens for this one , be a shame to see it go but at least its staying in scotland

 been tying a lot of flies tarpon style lately and have been asked several times why i do this well there's a couple of reasons one i believe the fly is far more mobile in the water , when i fish these there is a clear difference in the action in the water tying like this , and to be honest setting the fly so far back isn't an issue when it comes to hook ups as you'll find 9 times out of ten the fly will be engulfed by the pike and strangely enough  a lot are lip hooked as well , and of course tying like this means that you can easily catch hold of the shank with pliers and not destroy materials , this is a great way to tie and especially on smaller patterns , bellow you'll see a few examples of different colors and materials using this technique 

you'll notice that most of my flies these days have my name on well im not being vane again far from it , i joined pintrest a while ago which is a great ideas sharing site but found people were saving the pics they liked (no problem with that) but it looked like when they saved them it was in there own albums so looked like they had tied it , so its basically like a thumbs up to the person who tied it 

of course the other thing is to protect against African tiers who freely steal peoples pictures and claim that they are there own and offer you them for sale , ive been over the African thing many times before but if you use facebook id advise you check if you have any of these people on your friends list then bounce them all they are after is your contacts and pictures , im still surprised that some well known tiers have these people as friends get rid of them folks aint nothing but trouble 

brother ken musky man 
my brother from another mother ken capsey has been very quiet lately  on the social media side of things and even quieter on his blog which is a shame as i really enjoyed reading his crazy red neck antics , but although he took himself off facebook because like me he couldn't be bothered with all the crap that goes on  and like me he tends to tell it like it is , he is still very much alive and well over on instagram and he has been slaying the muskys like crazy this year so if you have an account head on over and look him up

 ken now runs wet sock fly fishing and for you guys in the states chasing pike and predators then ken is really your man , i talk to him quite often and he reads the blog so if your looking for some kick ass musky fluff then hit him up for some crazy flies his mail is on the card below 

so although he is quiet he is still very much active and ill probably continue to post his catches on my blog from stateside , keep at it broski

drop shot flies

still at it with the drop shot flies cant make enough just now must be doing something right  lol yes flies you can use on a drop shot rod taking a fair amount of perch apparently im good with that 

ok most of my readers are well aware im a massive pikesaber fan and out of all the rods i have owned this has proved to be the best work horse ive ever had, ive had one now for well over (7 years i believe) and its never let me down yet and im delighted to be taking it into another season with me .

so your in luck the guys over at pike trek have reduced the price in there January sale of this mighty rod so its a perfect chance to grab one for a fantastic price believe me ive used it long enough to know a good bit of kit  hit the link below to go straight to the website and yes they do world wide shipping as well so strike now you wont regret it , its the only rod i have fully endorsed for pike on my sites 

heres the saber in action with a lively Scottish pike in really awful wind conditions  enjoy 

so im busy with fly tying just now and prepping for an upcoming trip so ill bid you all farewell just now but ill be back in a few weeks have fun if your out there on the water and stay safe 

cheers from the cave in Scotland 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

brainless idiots and next years plans

you know lot a lots makes me angry , but jesus christ there is some real uneducated idiots out there , what follows is a brief exchange on facebook , this club in Ireland was talking about pike removal and killing pike caught so i chimed in with saying that was a pretty misguided thing to do , as we all know that taking pike out of a water just gives you an explosion of smaller fish which would decimate a trout fishery so have a read at the exchange , the first reply back from one of this club was actually political about them being independent from england and scotland not ,bunch this particular bloke was a bit of an idiot so i didn't engage him in and what this had to do with the actually pike removal was beyond me

ok so i posted a reply as such below nothing really controversial just pointing to a link with the document "the case against pike removal" a wide spread and informative document  which dispels a lot of myths and have some really valuable information 

and below is the reply i revived 

so if this numbskull corrib ferox had actually read the piece he would have realized that actually bob roberts didnt write it and after reading his reply i really could not be bothered wasting my time in trying to convince them what they were doing was actually making there situation worse 

and of course as they were also complaining about the lack of trout in there waters , well maybe if you stopped your members killing them you may have better populations but hey then you know better dont you its all the pikes fault eh .

bloody africans again

yet again i get a monthly rash of top flight african fly tiers who want to sell me there crap , well ive given up spamming then and just send them a short message now and seems to do the trick  

some may think this is a somewhat rude rude reply but you know when these idiots send you pictures of your own flies claiming that they have made them really pisses me off as it does many other tiers i know both here and in the states , and you know if you buy flies from large company's then check where your flies are being produced , because Africa is a hot bed for shit made flies that fall apart after a few fish  , just have a look around and get some recommendations from folks and get a local tier to make them at least this way you will get flies that will last a long time and tied by people that actually fish for pike and predators if your struggling mail me and i can pass on some recommendations for you but please people stay away from large company's 

and as a parting shot on this subject , do you think the large company wants your fly to last for ages er no, no profit in that 

local tiers tie bomb proof flies and mostly use the little income for buying more materials and most of the time they will tie you bespoke patterns as well  

go figure but dont buy African made flies 

plans for ferox and beyond 

so still been a bit quiet on the fishing front in fact its been a really quiet year fishing wise for me and not really managed to get out as often as ive wanted , although a lot of this was done to moving in with my girlfriend and getting lots of jobs done around the house and the like , ive also had a few problems with my casting arm so i think the enforced layoff will have been a good thing for it but next year is looking a lot brighter and have a few things already booked .

saying ive not been out dosnt mean i haven't been tying though in fact far from it ive tied thousands of flies for customers this year and unfortunately ive had to introduce recorded delivery as standard now , i simply cant afford either the time or the money to keep filling up somebody's fly box for free and by all accounts this is quite common but hey hoe you live and learn .

anyway ive been working on a lot of new things for next year including trolling flies which have already been banking the ferox and some bloody great pike as well , i get a lot of catch reports through from regular clients so its great t see whats working and the biggest difference this year is the amount of dropshot flies i have been doing 

i have been doing drop shot flies for a few years now and they seem to really slay the perch from what ive been told  the flies above were a bespoke order i usually tie them further back and on the hook bend but hell they look good wet 

trolling flies 

been also doing these for a while , actually many many years and i have been refining them ever since i started making them you see with these its not just a case of chucking feathers on a hook and chucking them behind the boat , er naw far from it when these are in the water i have to make sure they dont lose there shape and actually movement is so very important in these flies so i do put a lot of effort into making them work and to be honest results have been been great and im looking forward to a few days on the deep dark lochs of Scotland with the wild loch fishing group at the start of the season  

and these will be being dragged behind the boat check that profile out , predator sexiness and ill be heading for a trip with brian at highland guided fishing and doing the full customer review on his company and what there all about and what you get for your hard earned dosh  but i can tell you brian is one of the best guides out there and has some armory on his boat from engines with all sorts of gadgets attached to some NASA type man toys that get you right on the spot you highland guiding is where its at for predator trips check em out here , oh and he makes some pretty mean toasties as well yup he has a gadget on the boat for that as well 

and the fish below was caught on one of my trolled flies 

life in the cave continues
my local fly testing center 

yea you know its kinda cool i can just grab a rod and go for a few hours in the salt so i decided to sort some more flies for quick sessions you know just a box or two so i got my boxes out and started to rummage around 

no easy task so the big box came out first which is kinda like the mother ship for my flies , well it has all the really really cool stuff in it 

but then there is the day roving bags i also have some cool flies in these 

one is for trout (im talking wild here) and the other is for perch / saltwater 

i forgot i also have a box of topwater stuff as well from when i was last in vermont (ill be returning soon) floating the Chernobyl ants down the river while wet wading catching smallmouth bass off the surface with ken capsey was absolutely an awesome experience and one im looking forward again with brother ken

my box of perch goodness , although this box of flies was responsible for for over 250 fish on my last vist to lake carmine and Champlain  including white perch , yellow perch , largemouth bass , smallmouth bass , crappie ,chain  pickerel (mini pike) and some i cant remember and most of those fish came to this fly box so my thinking of a grab and go box or should i say a re think on the grab and go box and what other flies i should add to it for the saltwater

so i went hunting for some other boxes in some other bags and you know what before i knew it 3 hours had passed and i still hadn't sorted any extra flies out , all i had succeeded in doing was moving a load of flies from one set of boxes to other boxes and re organizing all my boxes well that's my day off gone , i guess ill have to try that one next day off  wooops . 


ok as you know if you read my blog quite regularly i had a major fail with a greys reel last year and im still waiting for an email from them , that is really shocking customer service and to be honest i dont think ill ever use them or recommended them to anybody again so thanks greys 

so this left me with a situation where i needed another reel for my floating line , so i took to websites and amazon and ebay looked at reviews and the massive fluctuation in prices in reels and after looking on ebay i saw a reel that pretty much looked like a high speck reel that i have but a far cheaper version and although it was a Chinese manufacturer it was dispatched  from a uk seller for the price of £9:99 with free p+p 

you know i had a moment of madness and i thought ill buy one of these and have a look , they claimed it was cnc machined aluminium and ultra light and came in a variety of sizes so i opted for the 9/10 wgt pressed the buy it know and waited for it to arrive   

2 days later it arrived and it was with some trepidation that i opened the parcel to actually a really nice looking reel , but hey looks can be deceptive so i hitched it up to my pikesaber and it was a really nice fit very snug with no wobbling in the fitting and i proceeded to load some backing on , the reel itself was very smooth on the load , so i then connected the fly line (rio pike and musky floating line) and it loaded up really nicely , while i was loading it i played with the drag and it was actually really good even under a lot of pressure and was very easy to adjust i was actually very impressed .

i also went out into the back garden and had a few casts as well and although i couldn't replicate catching fish i must say i was bloody impressed with it and it was as light as a feather 

so for a tenner i really cant complain and if it is as good as i feels im just wondering why on earth we buy reels for hundreds of pounds when a no name is just as good but then we all know the answer to that dont we , yup we are all in someway tackle tarts and love a name brand and this is no different i suppose but the thing is after my greys experience on a 100 quid reel which i now cant use i could buy ten of these and always have a spare if one goes wrong makes sense to me , i actually cant wait to put this to the test so watch this space oh and most tackle is made in china these days so makes you think ?    

was out with my old pal duke a few weeks ago he was doing up his flat so i went with him to get some paint with him , of course heading round diy centers is always cool as this time of year they have xmas decorations which means big pike fly materials and diy centers also have lots of great ideas for storage boxes and the like so always worth a look and always fun with duke haven't laughed so much in ages  thanks for a fun afternoon pal (duke sometimes fishes with me as well) 

days off 

with my days off being few and far between these days i do like to crank a few ties off for myself and play with ideas , apparently when i put this picture on facebook people were outraged that i listened to that band that should not be mentioned , oh bollocks to that ill listen to what i like and i think there cool and a great band to listen to while tying anyway just nice to be tying 

was messing about with some angel hair blends and the copper was a great color so busted out the gliss n glint plus and added some more gold angel hair to it  looked kinda neat 

pretty much a 2 colour fly this but mixed up the materials a little now the eye is quite interesting as what i have done is used a deercreek gator eye (wrasse) and gone over the top with a permanent marker and then gone over with deer creeks diamond fine uv , now the great thing about this is you get a really cool looking black eye where you can just make out the pupil in a certain light , will this make a difference hell i dont know but does the job on how i wanted the fly to look , god bless deer creek  bloody finest out there go visit them and buy stuff help them have a merry Christmas


so life in the cave continues and im continuing to tie stuff up for my own boxes , usually when i have an order ill have a bit of a warm up with a couple of flies that ive thought about the design during the week (usually when im on a night shift) as i have said before work is pretty hectic and its not really fesable to bring the vice in so usually on my days off if ive not planned to fish ill wack out some flies and usually ill make mabey six or seven before i start orders so the boxes get filled pretty fast just wish i had the time to fish them all 

my main thing at the moment is experimenting with different materials , and im having heaps of fun with synthetics and naturals just now and also having lots of fun sourcing new hooks to play with because a hook just aint a hook i like to match hook weight with the patterns im tying , i mean for a sparsely tied baitfish thats going to fish in the upper layers i really dont want a weighty hook thats going to sink the fly very fast kinda pointless that , and that kind of hook id fish on a fly that i want to get down quickly but then i dont want a really fine wired hook thats going to bend out if you hook a lump so you see im forever playing with hooks and have come across so really good metalware for the job so far , and i refuse to tie on crap hooks , i mean some of the flies you see on ebay would bend out on a minnow and it just aint worth risking that fish of a lifetime on crap hooks end off .

i also play around a lot with different ways of tying and some work and some don't , just now im really enjoying different ways of putting flash through flies for maximum effect again its just not about chucking stuff on a hook and thats it , trust me a lot of thought goes into each fly , im doing some hi end flies for a client just now and even at the price i charge for flies its still less than the minimum wage per hour but hey its never about a quick profit its about catching fish and besides what i do earn goes straight into buying materials so i suppose that holiday house on lake champlain will have to wait a bit longer although could still bed down in brother ken capseys dog kennel

so getting round to the last orders of the year going out the door and yes winter is a way better time to order than in the middle of the season , you'd be surprised at the amount of orders i actually turn down during the spring , summer and autumn i have my regular clients who i tie for during the year but hey i gotta have some down time at some point.  

seen an increase this year in the amount of hotcore flies ive been doing , these seem to have really been doing the business especially for a couple of American clients for largemouth bass , these flies i originally done a few years ago and proved highly popular although ive now refined them a bit and pimped then out and they look as good as ever , the one below has an in built rattle and is a killer in murky waters (so ive been told ) but they do look great in the water so i guess a few more are on the cards 

yea so its nearly Christmas and i think this will more than likely be my last post of the year as im going to be busy with family stuff , work (yea im working overnight christmas eve) and trying to get some tying done in between so im also hoping to get out for a fish somewhere which would be cool and hopefully out with pal james lafferty from wild loch just need to sort my days out but as ever will be a scream with him .

the weather is really mild in scotland considering its December , and you know i was standing at the bus stop waiting to go to work and i was looking over a flat glass like sea and i was in two minds to phone in sick and go grab the rod and go chase some small pollock in the dock but as i was thinking about it and my bus arrived so work won this time hey ho .

so dear readers i wish you all a very great Christmas and new year and ill see you all in january

oh by the way im looking for a travel fly rod 8/9 wgt to test so if your a company who makes em drop me a line indeed if you want anything reviewed drop me a message