Which hook should I use for my flies, and my thoughts on Hooks for fly fishing in general.

A hook is a hook, is a hook, isn’t it? surely? Well in a nutshell NO! I wonder how much consideration most fly anglers give to their choice of hook rather than following whatever is on trend… What are these considerations then and why are they so important??? I hear you shouting at me!! Lets … Read more

Saltwater fly season underway!

At long last the Saltwater fly season is here! All over England and Ireland Bass are starting to show in reasonable numbers accompanied by other viable fly targets like Pollock and Garfish. Hopefully some Mackerel will show behind them and later in the year the Scad ( Horse mackerel ) will present another fly target. I … Read more

Theory into practice, first fly caught Bass of 2018.

Following on from the previous articles on Bass and putting theory into practice, the Boss of Silver scales bagged his first fly caught Bass of the 2018 season yesterday evening. Although the fish weren’t monsters they were very welcome considering the erratic weather we have been experiencing recently. Despite the evening being fresh with a cold … Read more

New Saltwater fly season approaching! To tie or not to tie?

Ok in all honesty it looks like the Saltwater fly season may well arrive a little late this year for those of us who are super keen to make a start, me included! The very cold snap we have recently experienced in this country sent the sea temperatures plummeting setting the arrival of our Saltwater … Read more

Craft Fur Baitfish

There is no doubt Craft fur is an excellent and very popular material for tying flies, but I think many beginner fly tiers struggle to master the techniques needed to achieve a satisfactory result. Indeed I admit it took me a while to master the material but once I did I was able to produce Patterns … Read more

Barred Livebait Minnow

Here’s a nice little pattern that I’ve called the ‘Barred Livebait Minnow’ At around 4 inches long and tied on a size 4 hook it’s perfect for a wide range of species around the world but was designed and tied with European Seabass and Seatrout in mind. Made from my own ‘Crafty Minnow fur’ for … Read more

New stock flies coming soon !

I am gradually filling the shop with stock flies over the next few weeks so that customers can just point, click and buy ! Here is a taster of what is to come, these are my Bass Minnows designed for European Sea Bass and very effective they are too. They will also be attractive to … Read more