The Floating Fly

Last year I was invited by Christopher Rownes to contribute to The Floating Fly, a collection of thoughts on dry fly fishing from an amazing and venerable group of dry fly anglers from across the globe. An absolute privilege to be asked to contribute, however, I have a lifetime of work ahead of me to get anywhere near the level of knowledge held by the other contributors.

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Grannom Emergers

Grannom (Brachycentrus subnubilis) are a member of the Caddis family (Trichoptera order) and are among the first of the UK’s major hatches in Spring. Hatches can be huge, and I mean massive, to the point where every Grannom seemingly tries to crawl up your waders, under your glasses, down your neck, or smack into you as they are blown up or downstream by the usually unstable Spring weather.

Trout can go crazy during these hatches; however, it never appears to be the adult Grannom they are interested in. Instead, trout will usually gravitate to the emerging Grannom (and even their empty shucks), of which (should you be lucky enough to experience these hatches on your rivers) will be drifting downstream in their millions.

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Curves and Contours with Kapok and Soft-Hackles

In October 2020, Semperfli released a range of awesome new products, one of which is their fantastic Kapok Dubbing. Kapok, so I read, is a cotton-like material found in the seed pods of the Ceiba pentandra tree. This fluff-like material absorbs water very slowly and as such, lends itself perfectly…

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Fly Culture Podcast – Life, Trout and Fishing with Gareth Lewis (September 2020)

What an absolute blast! A real privilege to have been invited back onto the Fly Culture Podcast in September to talk about our respective fishing seasons, as well as to talk about another love in our lives - fishing books. With more potential/impending COVID-19 lockdowns heading our way this winter…

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Atherton No.5

Today we discussed (amongst others) Atherton's, The Fly and the Fish. A beautiful book. I spent the rest of the day thinking about Cree hackle and hare's ear dubbing. Atherton's No.5, a wonderful UK March Brown (Rhithrogena germanica) imitation. This pattern is, without a doubt (and in John's own words)…

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Trout & Salmon Magazine – October 2020

It was a real pleasure to work with Trout & Salmon Magazine recently, where myself and regular fishing buddy, Liam Walsh, chatted with Peter Gathercole and discussed our fishing lives, backgrounds, and six flies which visit quite often. The October edition is on sale from Monday 7th September.

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BFFI 2021 Announced

It's that time of year, as we patiently await the announcement and dates of the coming year's British Fly Fair International, and as a host of fly dressers around the world wait nervously to hear if they've been lucky enough to have been picked for the famous International Fly Tyers…

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Fly Culture – Summer 2020

It was an absolute privilege to be able to contribute to the latest edition of the Fly Culture Magazine. Truly one of, if not the best magazines dedicated to fly fishing. If you're yet to subscribe, you won't be disappointed. 'This is our life. This is Fly Culture'. A very…

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Concerning Mayflies (Ephemera danica) and Other Such Things…

It is late May 2020, and we are entering the ninth week of the COVID-19 lockdown here in Wales, UK. Fishing 'within your locality' is still the message advertised by the Welsh Government; however, my favourite waters are a 30-minute drive away. As fishing clubs throughout Wales scramble to deal…

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Fly Culture Podcast – Blogs, Production Tying and the Streams of South Wales with Gareth Lewis (April 2020)

I was recently invited to join Pete Tyjas, Editor-in-Chief of Fly Culture Magazine, to chat all things fly fishing on the brilliant Fly Culture Podcast. We had a load of fun chatting fishing and fly tying, our passion for rivers and small streams, as well as my early days growing…

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