Workshop Patterns – 5th September 2019

The focus for this workshop will be Stillwater patterns and in particular, three lures.

THUNDER CREEK LURE

Hook:  Size 8, Long shank 
Thread:   Red  
Body:   Flat Silver Tinsel
Rib:  Oval Silver Tinsel  
Wing:  Natural Bucktail
Eyes:  Epoxy Stick-on (Optional)

JACK FROST
An attractor, streamer style pattern
Hook: Size 8, Long shank   
Thread: Black or White
Body:  White wool wound over a polythene sheet
Tail: Red wool
Wings: White marabou hackles, red cock hackle & white cock hackle
Head:  Black or White Thread

ZONKER

Hook: Size 8, Long shank
Thread: Black  
Body: Black chenille 
Rib:  Oval silver tinsel
Wing: Zonker strip in a colour of your choice
Head: Black thread

Workshop Patterns – 22nd August 2019

We’ll be tying three patterns in our workshop on 22nd August 2019. These are as follows:

FALSE HARES EAR SPIDER

A variation of the hares lug and plover
Hook:  Size 12 
Thread:   Brown 
Body:   Fox Squirrel body fur
Rib:  Fine gold wire or waxed  yellow thread 
Hackle:  Golden Pheasant wing covert (you can use a game hackle as a sub if needed)

DADDY LONG LEGS 
Daddy Long Legs
A detached body daddy by the late EJ (Ted) Malone
Hook: Size 10 or 12   
Body:  Cock Pheasant tail fibres 
Wings: Brown or grey cock hackle fibres
Legs:   Knotted cock pheasant tail fibres
hackle:  Brown or grey cock

GREY DUSTER
Grey Duster
This fly works very well on our local River Dane.
Hook: Size 12  
Thread: Black or Brown 
Body: Grey rabbit fur 
Hackle:  Badger cock

Fly Tying Workshop – 8th August 2019

This was our first workshop of the season specifically designed for new members to come along to the club and enjoy a demonstration from Frank Moors of 4-simple fly patterns.  These comprised of; Buzzer, Partridge and Orange, Klinkhammer and a Predator fly.

Partridge & Orange Spider

Hook: Size 12 short shank, medium wire hook
Thread: Waxed Pearsall’s gossamer hot orange (No.6a)
Hackle: Brown Partridge feather

A length of thread was waxed before starting to tie the fly.  The thread was attached to the hook approximately 1/16th inch (1.5 mm) from the eye (to leave space for tying the head).  The body was created by even touching turns the length of the short shank hook and the thread returned to the head area with even touching turns. 

The ‘fluff’ was removed from a well-marked Partridge hackle feather and the barbules pulled back to reveal the feather tip.  The feather tip was tied in by 2 turns of thread and the hackle created by 1 to 2 turns of the feather and then tied-in by 1 turn of thread and the residual rachis cut / snapped off.  The head was whip finished and varnished. 

In order to ensure that the hackle remains open (barbules extending at 90° to the hook). It is important to avoid covering where the hackle rachis surrounds the hook with thread wraps.

Klinkhammer

Hook: Size 10 Hayabusa 270 larva hook (or specific Klinkhammer hook)
Thread: 8/0 thread (colour to match dubbing)
Post: Antron wool (strong colour for sighting)
Body: Dyed olive hare dubbing
Hackle: Grizzle cock hackle 

The thread is started at the eye and a layer applied of touching turns to the start of the hook curve (approx. 3/16th inch, 5 mm).  Antron wool is folded under the hook to produce a post about half way along the thread wraps and tied-in with a figure of eight turns and ‘posted’ by circular wraps extending 1-2 mm up, then back down, the post. 

The thread is then returned to the hook and touching turn wraps extended to a position opposite the root of the hook barb.  A 2 inch (5 cm) ‘rope’ is created by winding a small quantity of dubbing around the thread (winding in one direction only) and the dubbing rope wound up the hook to create a carrot-shaped body up to the eye of the hook (beyond the post).  The thread was then whip finished at the eye and the fly repositioned in the vice with the shank vertical (eye pointing downwards). 

The thread was retied in on the post material.  The hackle feather was cleared of ‘fluff’ and tied in by the rachis to the thread wraps on the post (feather extending from the hook in the same direction as the post).  The hackle was wound around the post, starting from the top of the post thread wraps, towards the hook shank and the resulting hackle tied in by whip finishing around the post.

The Buzzer

Hook: Size 10 all-purpose heavy wire grub hook
Thread: Black UTC 70 denier thread.
Rib: Hends body quill (fluorescent pink, BQ41)

Variations:
Other rib materials – Stripped dyed peacock quill
Coloured flexi-floss / Coloured fine wire
Wing buds – Goose biots
Breathers – White Antron wool

Frank recommended using a flat thread such as UTC to produce an even body.  The thread was started close the hook eye and the body produced by a single layer of touching turns to the middle of the bend of the hook.  The rib material was tied in (full length of the body to the thorax) and the thread returned to the thorax area (about 1/8th inch, 3mm from the hook eye) with touching turns.  The rib material was wound with 5 to 7 evenly spaced open turns to the thorax area and tied in with thread.  The head was built up with touching turns of thread to produce a rugby ball shape and whip-finished.  The fly was coated with several layers of clear varnish to finish.

Variations on this fly pattern comprise of the incorporation of brightly coloured wing buds either side of the head and white breather tubes at the head of the buzzer.

A Predator Fly

Hook: Size 6 all-purpose wet fly.
Thread: White Dyneema 110 denier. 
Body: Enrico Puglisi fibres – Pearl, Red and Silver tan;  Hends Lama Hair – Turquoise blue (No.22)
Head: Black 8/0 thread
Eyes:  Small stick-on silver black eyes

Starting at the hook eye, touching turns of thread are laid the length of the shank.  A small number of red EP fibres was tied ½ ways down the shank extending about shank-length beyond the hook bend.  The thread was returned to the eye and 2 lengths of pearl EP fibres tied in either side of the hook, extending about 2-3 shank-lengths beyond the hook bend.  The body was built up by tying in further synthetic hair around the hook, to a similar length beyond the hook bend as the pearl fibres, in the following sequence:

– Silver tan above and below the hook
– Turquoise blue above the hook
– Silver tan either side of the hook

The Dyneema thread was whip finished and black 8/0 thread tied on at the eye and the head formed with thread wraps which were then also whip finished.  The body hair was combed and then trimmed using serrated scissors to produce a fish-shaped profile. Small (3/16th inch) silver black stick-on eyes were attached to the left and right side of the head, with Uhu all-purpose adhesive, and the head built up with clear UV-cured resin.

Cheshire Game and Angling Fair 2019

Members from our fly tying club attended the 2019 Cheshire Game and Angling Fair in Peover Park. This is a chance for the club to get out and about, socialise with like-minded people, to tell bad jokes and to share techniques with many of the visitors to the angling village.

Peter & Frank tying up some fabulous flies.

The angling village offers a number of attractions including two well-attended casting demonstrations from AAPGAI instructors. Karl Humphries, a local instructor to the area and John Walker, all the way from Snowdonia. You’ll also find the Grayling Society and Marton Mere Fishery.

It was also lovely to bump into Phil Ratcliffe who was on a well deserved day off, enjoying the show from the opposite side of the fence. Steve Beech & Alan Roe also offered demonstrations and advice on coarse fishing. Alan demonstrating the Wallace cast with a centre pin, an art form mastered only by the few.

It was also fabulous to see so many young people in the angling village, spending the day with family and friends as well as sharing their stories of catching fish and tying flies. Their enthusiasm for the sport was great to see, it was clear for those that attended that being outdoors was certainly a trump card to a video game.

An extended thank to our members, Dononry and Lee for running this year’s tombola and to Peter, Frank and James for tying on our stand.

With our 2019 season fast approaching, our club is a great place to learn the essential techniques to tie flies. No matter your angling preference, game, course or salt, you’ll find like-minded enthusiasts willing to share their patterns, tips and tactics.