Posts Tagged ‘UK


Fishing Demands Room (At Least in My Mind)

I know I am blessed, living out West. It isn’t too hard, most often, finding space. And, because of that, when I am standing shoulder to shoulder in some cluster f@&k of a fishing experience my mind grates like the gears of an old machine. I need space. It defines the underlying purpose of the experience in the first place.

To endure the crowds for the sake of ‘fish on’ cannot sustain me. I will momentarily enjoy it, but then look upstream or down stream for open space, or across the lake for room. Mental health. 


Stillwater Pattern: Chomper

Last week, I was extolling the virtues of Ostrich Herl as a fly tying material. Tim Rolson, of South Africa, remarked that the Chomper was a worthy pattern, that incorporated the Ostrich Herl. Tim mentioned that the Chomper pattern was less recognized in the U.S. A little research showed that a UK fly fisher, Richard Walker, is noted with developing the pattern.

So, this morning to the vise I went. I tied two Chomper flies. Neither one was satisfying. But, both would probably catch fish. But some observations are in order from my tying effort. I will use the two pictures to elaborate.

This first effort on a size 14 nymph style hook, had the raffia back strap and the olive Ostrich Herl body. The thread was 8/0. I have never been a big fan of Raffia, especially now that synthetic materials make a more durable part and they do not necessitate the addition of some adhesive. In this instance, I selected 5 herls. I tied them in ahead of the already secured raffia at the bend. Once wound forward, I secured the herls. A rather plump body resulted. I pulled the raffia over the top and secured it. The piece of raffia was too large. The resultant thread head was too large because of the bulky raffia and 5 herls. Then I added a coating of glue over the top of the raffia. In the process, I had some end up on the ostrich. A rather sloppy, little pudge ball.

With this Chomper, I used less raffia and only 3 Osrich Herls. The fly presents a more slender, less bulky fly. The herl has room to move. But, again, I was messy in the application of the head cement over the raffia.

The point of the fly is to showcase the merits of Ostrich Herl as a lively material that attracts attention. That is a given, I believe. Beyond that I would use a different material besides raffia for the backstrap. Any of the newer, synthetic materials used for Czech Nymphs and Scuds would suffice. I intend to tie up a dozen more in olive and in black and substitute for the raffia synthetic or feather fibers even with no lacquer). Sizes 14 will work and I may opt for 14/0 thread in olive as well. Thanks Tim for the suggestion re the Chomper. Photo’s a bit blurry. Oops!


Simple Buzzer (dark, fuzzy w/ refraction) + Scottish site

A very informative UK/Scot flyfishing site. Well put together and a great deal of detailed information. It is always apparent to me that UK sites, re tying, place emphasis on the traditional wet fly…classic names, which must produce given their longevity. Perhaps another reason to explore simple wets and “flymps”? And, as you know, the UK seems to have defined the buzzer, gnat, chironomid, midge patterns, which BC flyfishers borrow from and of which US flyfishers sometimes have a clue (like me) . Look how fuzzy that pheasant tail appears when wrapped around the shank and used for the wingcase.



Czech Nymph Info~nice UK Site




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