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Hare's Ear Spider: a great fly tying step by step recently added by Magnus :)

Fish as an emerger, just under the water surface. Works well early season when March Browns and similar upwing flies are hatching mid-stream.



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Paul Procter: A solid early season trout taken at March Brown time ... not long now!

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The March to the River Don on the first Saturday of the Salmon season falls on the 17th this year, meeting up from 8.30am for teas/coffees at St Andrews Church Hall, Inverurie.

The March to the River will commence at 9.30am, with piper Paul Malley leading the procession to the Don Bridge. Glen Garioch Whisky Distillery are sponsoring the event, and the Paton Trophy will be presented to Stuart Mathewson of Alford for the first salmon caught on the river in 2023 .

Speakers will include Inverurie Angling Association President - Steve Corsar, Aberdeenshire Provost - Judy Whyte and Director of Don District Salmon Fishery Board - Lorraine Hawkins.

The March To The River Don also signals light at the end...

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It's the British Fly Fair International (BFFI) near Stafford this weekend. Is anyone going?
I'll be there on my little WAFT stall. Be nice to see you there.
I'll be showing some flies recommended for wafting tied by James and Hamish.


Out for a pre season walk along the river this afternoon, what a cracking day for it  )


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Peeping Caddis using Straggle Legs and uv resin on the case.

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Found a nice new silk that gives a proper Nude wrap. Perfect for clear glass blanks.
Quite a few of the raw silks have the tiniest hint of colour when finished. Fine on a coloured Blank but not on a proper clear glass. This one doesnít *smiley-yippee*

More SLX lines coming off the machines in Redditch today :)

Bringing back the alternative option of the Mushy Pea Olive coloured head.

A step by step guide to fitting braided leader loops to your fly line.

See the forum post here:

G'morning folks :)

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Finally found d the original Furnace Gold article hidden away inside a folder I used to keep cuttings of all the magazine article flies in.

Trouble with memory is, you might think you're 100% correct but sometimes you're not, as is the case here with me and the Furnace Gold.

I'd forgotten that the body wasn't " solid gold" but open turns to give a segment body ( exactly same as a Pennell but with Gold, not silver.

So here it is, the original Furnace Gold, just have to go away and redo all those variations now 😃


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Barrio fly lines R&D back in the early days!

Measure, weigh, cut, splice - outside for a cast :)

The River Spey Anglers Association Fly Tying Fair 2024 is only two weeks away!

It's a great wee event this one and it is always good to catch up with everybody :z16

Who is going this year?

Out and about for a walk yestarday..

Managed to get passed the start of the marrat without filling my wellies with water. Fine once you get on to the main path no trees down.

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After so much dismal weather recently it was a relief to get such a beautiful New years day.
Headed for Cairn William at Pitfichie and was rewarded with some great views.

Looking down on the river Don at Monymusk village.

Looking down on Monymusk/Place of Tilliefoure water(i think)


A wee stroll at Monymusk on Boxing Day.

A few minor obstacles walking through paradise wood and the walk up through the forest at beat 2 is ok. But a lot of trees down on the upper half. Looks like they are getting ready for forestry operations. Some prep work has taken place. A big job.

The river bank looks clear enough for fishing,

Moved on a little from the Furnace fleas and thought I'd see what I could come up with just using the same materials ( or with one or two alterations).

Picked the Furnace Yellow this time and created a "Bob Fly" version.
Looks good to me *smiley-wink*

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Furnace Yellow.

Like this one and it's got a nice kinda Greenwell / Coo Dung vibe going on, certainly something I plan to adapt further.

Hook: Partridge G3A Sproat #12
Thread: Semperfli yellow 8/0 Classic Waxed
Tag: Glowbrite no 10 flo yellow
Tail: Golden Pheasant tippets
Body: Yellow holographic tinsel
Rib: 0.1mm gold wire
Thorax: Yellow Ice Dubbing
Hackle: Furnace saddle cock
Head Hackle: Furnace Hen.

#semperfli_flytying #Partridgeofredditch #furnaceyellow

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Been working on a " Family" based around the Furnace Gold shown on another post.
Love playing about with flies and hope it helps inspire others to do the same.

Heres them all.

Hope everybody enjoys a great Christmas!

All the best for 2024 - fingers crossed for a good season :z16


I've had this in the armoury for years, so long I can't even remember where I first saw it and can't find original dressing reference anywhere.
Assume it came from a magazine article and would love to credit originator.

Anyway a handy wet fly and, of course, I've a few variations  ) *smiley-grin*

Hook: Partridge G3A Sproat #12
Thread: Semperfli black 8/0 Classic Waxed Thread
Tail: GP tippets
Body: Gold tinsel
Rib: 0.2mm gold wire
Hackle: Furnace Hen


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Wild Stoves are closing down, read their blog post via the link below.

Sad news ..... but very much a sign of the times!



Something different for the holidays. I was trying to articulate something and it came out like this *smiley-tongue-out*

Its early evening, moody and warm,
Low level martins are dodging and darting.
Im Watching,
For the hatch to be starting.

Lost in my wonder, a season of thoughts,
Ephemeral dancers sparkle with light.
A dimple,
Im early tonight.

The weathers relaxing,
Rendered by thunder,
A dimple,
Cant help but wonder.

Fly soup at the bank,
Just drifting, a quiver,
A dimple,
A tail splits the river.

The water is nervous,
Charged up with life.
Prone Spinners,
Trapped duns,
Small sedges are rife.

Am I missing a trick,
Big fish need to feed,
Do they just wait?
Soups what they need.

After watching


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Cracking photo shared by Brian at Lochter Fishery.

Not surprised to see ice on the lochs, the last few mornings have certainly been a tad nippy.


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Fine view over Castle Forbes beat 5 and Monymusk beat 1 from the Gordon Way trail.

Starting to dream about next season already  )

It's been a blast - see you next year :)

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Forum indoor casting day in Aberdeen back in January 2011.

Magnus & Hamish :)

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Pushed out of the South Esk during storm Babet. I found it in a puddle at the side of the river.

Itís now safely back in the river :z18

Switch 8/9 lines arrived from Redditch today :)

All Switch line sizes are now back in stock on the website :z16

Running high and brown today.

I donít remember ever seeing a Salmon stripped this clean. Normally the otters only eat half. Perhaps like us they know salmon are few and far between so they now go back for 2nds :z8

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Good to be home after getting stuck on the wrong side of the floods around Oban for a couple of days :)

This was the Spey valley from one of the many back road diversions today!

No sign of the river, it was like a loch, serious amounts of flood water.

Stopped on my way past yesterday afternoon. I must of past this loads of times but decided to stop when itís raining :X2


I was asked a couple of unexpected questions this week by a work colleague which I thought were worth sharing.
On the face of it, both questions seem quite innocuous too, that was until I tried to answer them.

The first was 'how many different species have you caught on the fly :?' with the follow up question ' and which was your favourite :?'

The answer to both was - I genuinely don't know :z18 I shared this with some friends and in part the reason why I found them so hard to answer is that every fish is memorable, every day a treasure, every trip a journey into the unknown. I'll only know the answers when I hang my rods up for good, which I hope is many, many seasons from now.


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That's my copy of Fly Culture Magazine popped through the letter box this morning, I'm looking forward to sitting down with it.

Not sure that 'magazine' really does it justice, possibly better described as a collection of fly fishing short stories in a quality A4 book format?

However you describe Fly Culture, editor Pete Tyjas deserves a pat on the back ...... I think that's five years now and I've really enjoyed reading it.

I found a copy of the website from back in 2003 today, I remember the old green and cream layout well.

This was my 3rd or 4th version of the site, I think the previous one had a speckled background and things like a visitor counter, 'top site' badge and a guest book - remember those? *smiley-grin*

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