One of the greatest pleasures in my life is teaching people how to enjoy themselves. As a fly fishing and fly tying instructor I take folks out of their comfort zone.
If you have ever tried to cast a large baitfish pattern or a Salmon Templedog made from all natural materials then you will appreciate that its hard work due to the amount of water retained by the fly.
A few years ago when I saw the first video of fly fishing in saltwater for bonefish, permit and tarpon, I knew that before I die I had to fish for them. Hooking a bonefish on a never-ending flat and hearing the shrill sound of the reel screaming non-stop, frantic, energetic and sharp since then became an obsession.
A double-team effort from Roger Beck (words) and Stephen Cheetham (fly-tying) this month which recounts the tale of how a Reverend Mother was whisked away from South Uist to be put to work at Bolton Abbey.
Scott Fly Rods let their friends Ben and Travis of Felt Soul Media poke around the factory for a couple days to see what they'd come up with. As usual, they were totally disappointed with the outcome and have encouraged them to "get a real job." "We appreciate the effort guys, but it seems you can't even afford a camera that films in color."
Geoff Maynard (a Senior Correspondent on our FishingMagic.com website) travels back to his hippy roots and spends a night in Bangkok with a Bad Boy and a fly rod!
A recent visit to the beautiful old town of Arundel in West Sussex, complete with its magnificent castle and nestled around the tidal upper reaches of the River Arun was the perfect chance to visit Chalk Springs Fishery for some clear water fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout.
Dr. Way Yin has had a hand in designing a good chunk of the Spey tackle on the market (designing for both Scott Fly Rods and Scientific Anglers) and his reflections on the extreme growth of Spey casting--and how lucky we are to have our modern tackle--are well worth the listen.
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is not a common fly tying material these days explains Paul Davis, mainly thanks to it being a protected species and therefore not commercially available. But many old patterns prescribe its use and a dead bird can provide useful salvage material!
Stephen Cheetham searches for his roots this month and comes up with a fly fishing ancestor that dates back to the late 16th century with a literary background and plenty of fishing tips and fly dressings!