What have you tied this week

ian1104

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You will catch them on that little beauty. I've done ok with spinning and bait fishing, the fish I have caught have always been around features and shallow waters don't bother the bass. I tried fly fishing for them in the Solent when I was working down there but struggled casting big streamers, they sound like a kite in the wind. I found you need to spend a fair bit of time watching for the right conditions, I've seen hundreds of schoolies behaving like piranhas over the worm beds when they were covered by a big tide and only a few inches of water, other areas fished well as the tide dropped and then close in when the flood was highest. What I did find is Blenny's, small Gurnard and 2" flat fish make up a big part of the diet. They do like old structures that are falling back into the sea
Thanks Andy, might go for a walk to the Menai Straits and surrounding areas tomorrow just for a look!
 

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Been trying to tie some baitfish dubbing patterns in hope of chasing bass in saltwater... Although I'm clueless how to fish for them 🤦‍♂️View attachment 93761
Nice pattern Ian. Should work well. I can’t tell from the picture but have you used UV resin to seal the head/eye area? Well worth it to increase durability and also help with the casting.

As for tactics. Floating line or sink tip in slightly deeper water. Fish near weed beds or rocks or any other structure and strip fast. I’ve had quite a few bass on fly but nothing big. My only decent bass have come spinning off rocks into deep gullies. People do fly fish those spots but it’s not for the faint hearted!

If you see swirling fish, it’s mullet feeding so stick on a diawl Bach or little shrimp pattern in trout sizes. Dead drifted. At least that’s the theory... 😉
 

ian1104

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Nice pattern Ian. Should work well. I can’t tell from the picture but have you used UV resin to seal the head/eye area? Well worth it to increase durability and also help with the casting.

As for tactics. Floating line or sink tip in slightly deeper water. Fish near weed beds or rocks or any other structure and strip fast. I’ve had quite a few bass on fly but nothing big. My only decent bass have come spinning off rocks into deep gullies. People do fly fish those spots but it’s not for the faint hearted!

If you see swirling fish, it’s mullet feeding so stick on a diawl Bach or little shrimp pattern in trout sizes. Dead drifted. At least that’s the theory... 😉
Thanks for the advice! I'd love to catch a big one, but I'd be very happy with a small schoolie..... And a mullet would be an even bigger bonus!

I haven't sealed the eye with uv resin yet.... I'm waiting on an order from Deer Creek, but stuck the eye onto the side of the fly just for the photo!
 
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Teal Blue And Long John Silver

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A quick tie off last week, size 12 osprey doubles for the wear. Nothing special and I'm sure not Davie mcphail but they bagged me a couple of little brownies 🎣👍View attachment 94080View attachment 94081

Davie McPhail ties loads of really decent flies but no longer fishes. His stuff does catch fish but not for him. Yours on the other hand catch fish and catch them for you. Your flies are at least equal to his also. Maybe even better :cool:
 
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