Wednesday, 9 August 2017

finding breakfast and a rare catch


so august has arrived and so have my skinz reel baitfish body, delighted to say i now have a page set up so you can purchase your very own bottle of this wonderful stuff here is the link to the blog page if you wish to order a bottle .

on the page there is also videos and step by steps on using it 

below are some examples of what it can do 

so far this is the most life like maggot i have made and is proving a real hit with not only trout but with the carp fly fishers as well , there is a video on how to make these on the page , great all round fly 

next up i made a body with deercreeks silverside fish heads and coated with skinz to make a very realistic baitfish , heads are available here silversides fish heads  

next i made up a plain and simple mylar tubing baitfish and coated with skinz for a realistic feel sandeel 

this is a larger sandeel made with large mylar for the body this worked out incredibly well and feels awesome 

this is skinz done on a large gliss n glint fiber pike fly , the skinz dry clear creating a lightweight counting around the eye and head the perfect in between for epoxy and uv resin 

get some it rocks 

and so to fishing 

well start of august and i decided to have a bash for the local mackerel , and yes i know easy fish to catch and all that ,but i enjoy eating them fresh out the sea and they are always fun to catch on light gear    

the eagle eyed among you may see that i am actually using a lure rod (shock horror) well the reason is actually quite simple the spot that i go has quite a few dog walkers and folks out walking and im a bit stuck for casting space and i generally dont like hooking the locals on the back cast even if it is there fault , but all that aside i tend to fly fish on the later or early morning tides when theirs nobody around  

cant beat a good sunset , one of the joys of where i live 

there were a few mackerel about as the sun went but they were quite a way out in deeper water so a good chuck was required to get them  

straight home gutted and filleted ready for tea the next day and they tasted fantastic , far better than  your local supermarket so called fresh fish and you know i enjoyed catching them on the light gear , yes better on the fly but needs must and if you haven't tried it then you really should great sport.


so a couple of days later i headed out with my good friend duke who although not new to fishing is kinda new to this kind of fishing so i was happy to show him the ropes and so far he is enjoying it very much and great to have some company 

so started at the usual spot around an hour and a half before high tide and to be honest it was a bit slow but thats how it goes sometimes 

and then a fella came along and started to have a chat with us , turns out hamish was from new zealand and was over on holiday with his wife , unfortunately hamish hadn't bought any gear with him so in the tradition of fisherman worldwide gave him a few casts with my rod , hamish was obviously a concomitant angler and more that happy a fellow angler  

duke was also getting a bit brave and wandering off out of earshot 

so the mackerel soon started to show  

and the duke very pleased with his very first mackerel i was still to catch 

and then this happened

i was casting around in the crystal clear water and this attacked my lure right under my rod tip , i honestly thought it was a seatrout , all i saw was a flash of silver and the water exploded in front of me within a few seconds i had this in my hands , an amazingly rare twaite shad no these things are seriously rare in Scottish waters indeed any waters let alone on the shores of Edinburgh in my forty plus years of fishing i have never seen one let alone catch one so to say i was overjoyed is an understatement. if you want to know more about this amazing fish here is a link 

here is a close up of the shad , a few scales came off as i was unhooking it but they have loose scales and the fish was released and swam away strongly a quick unhook and a picture and it was gone . 

this is a large specimen of this fish no doubt and a catch i shall treasure for a lifetime   

so with that we packed up , i had zero mackerel duke had 3 no idea why that was but hey who cares when i had a fish like that  

ok so not often i get really annoyed but this really did boil my piss

myself and the duke headed out yesterday to a different spot and had a fun hour casting around then this guy turned up and this happened as copied of facebook

No fish but nice evening out despite an Argument with an elderly Eastern European about why he shouldn't park up right next to my mate with with his 2 beachcasters and 40 baited mackerel feathers , my mate went to his bag behind him to change lure and this guy stepped into his spot with another beachcaster.
Straight away I said er no mate and went over to him and explained that we were fishing in this spot and explained that he shouldn't fish so close as it's possible we would catch his line and we'll it wasn't really on fishing that close anyway .
Well the crap hit the fan and he started screaming at me saying did your fathers fight in the war well actually not that it's got anything to do with the current situation but yes they did my great grand father fought in the trenches in ww1 my dad was in the Scots guards and my uncle was a pilot in the Battle of Britain .
Now I'm done with you mate piss of , sorry but I was being diplomatic and friendly it this guy wasn't having it , thankfully I walked away before I threw him in , kinda spoiled an otherwise nice evening 😡
Sorry to rant but this really boils my piss
im sure if this happens again i think i will lose the plot and plant the twat sorry but dont come to my country with your shit attitude and no respect for other anglers , seriously i need not see this idiot again 

so that has been that of late , although i have been doing a hell of a lot of flies and some great stuff even though i say it myself but more on this next blog which will be next week as im fishing and tying subbugs for the rest of the week 

so next blog ill be reviewing the amazing uv glow varnish from deercreek (above) and i had a really great customer experience with the chaps at silver scales fly tying 

as you know i love to champion small business as these guys really want you to have a great experience when ordering on line  i was actually supposed to do it this week but events have over taken me so heres to next week 

Friday, 28 July 2017

life in the cave


so it continues , life in the cave yup tying tying tying and not much else but hey its what i do so not a massive long blog this time just heavy on pictures . ill mention again that most of my pictures of flies these days have my name on , now id like to say this isnt to big me up or show off (thats not me) its simply to stop the African scam fly tiers from stealing fly pictures as there own so the easiest way to make things difficult is to put my name on them . 

( a massive thanks to rach and cez from the wonderful pike and slippers blog for my fantastic birthday present , the hornz will appear often )

some news ive been developing a new medium for the fly tier , a little something i have called skinz if you are linked in with me on facebook you'll have seen some bits about it but its a great link between epoxy and uv for heads and bodies and to be honest im quite excited about about it as its looking really great im hoping for an end of august launch for it and i will post on the blog and facebook when its ready for shipping , as with these things i have to get all the prep done first like tying videos and the like so please stay tuned , in the mean time here is some maggots a sandeel and a baitfish made with skinz .

so heres some of whats been coming out the cave in the last few weeks 

rattle and roll

tying in a rattle on a full flash fly 

and the finished fly rattle what rattle 

this trout ep pattern now has a new home down south 

this fly was one of the light bulb moments i sometimes have , i found in a box tucked away at the back of the cave , you know we all have those boxes were we throw stuff and think "im not sure what im going to do with this so ill put it there until i think of something " well i kinda shot myself in the foot with this one as the uv activated glow in the dark glowworm sheets are no longer available  so im guessing whatever im going to make with these like the fly above will remain firmly in my own boxes ........deercreek people please start doing this stuff again , i have lots of ideas and not enough sheet left, bummer .

Baitfish Baitfish everywhere 

love tying these 6 inch baitfish so quick and so easy and yet produces an awesome fly which actually looks fantastic in the water i have a pile of these and never tire of making them fantastic all round pattern 

ice 9 baitfish 

ice 9 green over gold baitfish

EP big baitfish with luminous eye and skinz head eyes avalible from deercreek fluro orange eyes

tarpon tied roach , these eyes are just fantastic and really lift a pattern eyes are available from deercreek volcano eyes

another bait fish pattern but this time made from hareline ripple ice ripple ice fiber


 as you'll be aware if you follow my blog ive been mostly tying smaller patterns up to six/seven inchs , and ive kinda been neglecting the larger patterns , thing is the smaller patterns work fantastic and a lot of folks catch a lot of fish on them well it wasn't till the other day when i was sorting some boxes out that i realized that i had actually given most of the big ones away  and i do have a soft spot for making ridiculously massive flies , but i actually like to make them so you can actually fish them so although these monsters are 12 inchs plus you can comfortably fish them all day so i set to work stocking up the bigger flies , although the downside is i actually now need a new box for them 

so anyway below is a selection of big 12 inch plus flies the main body material is gliss n glint plus from deercreek 

classic fire tiger pattern with a little twist , the fire tiger is one of those patterns that just keep giving and a fly that will catch in pretty much any conditions and loads of species around the globe both fresh and saltwater 

made an angel hair head on this to give it that extra bit of extra turn up to 11 factor 

another monster this one i pretty much had no idea what i was making , i put the hook in the vice and got out some white fiber and just went from there , i literally had no idea what it was going to look like or if the colors would actually work even down to eye color so ok it worked out fine , sometimes the only limits to what we tye is set by our own imagination limits , 

more big stuff will be appearing  soon as i was getting low on materials and was waiting for some stuff to arrive which hasn't so ive tried a new supplier so lets see how that turns out , i have bought stuff from him on ebay before but i came across a random post on ebay and realized he has now launched a new website , so expect a full review next week , oh and more monster flees 

although not totally neglecting the the small stuff as ive been doing a few smaller patterns for chucking at the mackerel and they double as perch flies 

the 3 flies above were actually tied with scrap material , i had a few bits of flash left and being scottish i through nothing away so quite pleased with these , look kinda cool and will catch fish i think 

flies above are also down with leftover materials , well except for the eyes so dont chuck bits away theirs a use for everything and you can get some pretty cool flies out of scrap material , the flies above you could pretty much use either in the sea for mini species or in canals or drains for perch right down to chucking at rainbow trout in stocked fisheries "free the scrap"

and before i go i have had a couple of folks asking about how to use fiber that arrives crinkled and what to make with it , well to be honest you could tye it normally but i prefer to tye with straight fiber so here is a little video on how to fox this problem enjoy.

tight lines folks 
(a cave in scotland)