The venue? the Fishing Lake at Syon Park which is not to far from me and an obvious place for me to start my Fly Fishing adventures.
I arrived at 9am and meet a couple of gents that you instantly know have been fishing all their lives and off the bat, offered help and advice, a theme for the whole day, which boosted my confidence, so key-code entered and in I went.
I had already rigged my rod with a Olive Woolly Bugger so getting straight into the action took but moments.
And so it began, lobbing my flies at the lake and for some time watching everyone else landing fish, and then more kind help.
Chap called Peter advised on my casting and to upgrade my leader to 8lb as some of the possible catch are over 10lbs.
Continue I did, and I continued to see others land their fish.
Then BANG, which as it was my first encounter with the snatch of a Trout, startled me and I let it go, the Trout swimming away to fight another day.
If your interested, the Fly that attracted this attention was my new Red Dasher Woolly Bugger which pleased me as it showed my Fly Tying can get the fish going, so expect many more being offered.
I was advised to make some Blue Damsel Flash variant as they go very well on the lake, I saw the evidence, and I will be making them this weekend.
And again with the kind help, I was stopped by the Bailiff who gave me some pointers on my cast, after I explained my lung restrictions, which I totally got the idea and made my casting easier and more accurate, again sir, I thank you fully for the advise.
I enjoyed the rest of the time I had until having to drag myself away to meet with a friend for coffee at the Syon Restaurant, but left brimming with confidence for my next visit in a few days time.
If your in London and fancy a great day at Syon Park Fishery then here is the link Syon Park Fishery Link, you WILL enjoy it.
I managed to take some film to, making my YouTube Fly Tying Intro when I got home and here it is
I will be making Fly Tying videos in my Solar Shed over the coming weeks and months and I hope they help you enjoy Fly Fishing like I now do.
Wishing you tight lines
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Remember, if you do not see a Fly here you need, or want me to make you a custom fly for your next fly fishing session, please CONTACT ME and I will be more than happy to help.
Wishing you tight lines
Here I have tied 2 versions of the “Must Have” fly for all fly boxes either side of the pond.
Here is the “Original” style using a Fulling Mills size 12 Heavyweight Champ hook, UNI 6/0 Orange thread (waxed) and a Small English Partridge Hackle. Simple but deadly both here in the UK and abroad.
You need 6 of these in your box, oh yes indeedy.
And right is my take, the “Fancy Partridge and Orange”.
Hook is a Fulling Mills Czech Nymph size 10
Thread is UNI 6/0 Orange (waxed)
Rib is Fin Red tinsel
Hackle is a Fancy French Partridge
I will be testing this soon and will report back on the progress but I am confident that the Partridge and Orange will not let me down and will be a go to fly, which for many Fishing Anglers, it already is
was sitting in the Solar Shed, as I do, mucking about tying flies or one sort and another, and thought of this “TwoTone” which uses two feather types and black thread, pre-waxed 8/0.
I am out fly fishing week starting 01/02/2016 and will test this and other flies I have made out. A full report will be posted here as soon as I can, but a test in my test take looks promising.
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