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the educated trout -book cover

what a charming, lovely find. much more than just a fly fishing movie, this very rich one hour film divided in four chapters gives us a view of a not-so-far past on southern england chalk streams, their ecosystems, their habitants, flies, gorgeous under and above water film and photos studies of insects and fish and all sorts of other goodies.
i’ll pass on the ‘educated trout’ aspect but greatly applaud their somewhat early adoption of catch and release. give yourself an hour to kick back, forget the  week-end stress and allow yourself to be emerged in these beautiful streams. enjoy !
thanks Alun !

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Dremmels, Boobies and the Perfect set of Eyes

by Alun Rees at The Enigmatic Angler

what can be more fun than combining power tools and boobie tying ? NOTHING !!!

the problem with boobies (the foam eyes part) is they’re almost always asymmetric, making the fly spin upon retrieve. this makes the fish dizzy and consequently lazy and then they just sort of pass out and don’t chase the fly. it twists leaders and makes them look like piggy tails. fish don’t like piggy tails.

now, boobie eyes are one thing but the creative Frankensteinish tier will see right away that this little tool can also help make all sorts of smooth, sexy-groovy shapes in foam or cork for various flies: poppers, sliders, bodies, lips, legs etc, etc.
body parts will never be the same !
as noted in the article, be sure to wear eye protection and i’d recommend a mask or buff or whatever to cover mouth and nose. boobie-dust is hard to remove from the lungs !

click on either pic for Alun’s great grinding tutorial. enjoy !

A question of color ?

a brilliant article from Alun Rees, our friend at ‘the enigmatic angler’

transparency and translucency are key elements in fly design. not only because a lot, if not most of the creatures we try to imitate have this quality making it a strong trigger point for the fish but also on a more human level of perception, we often wonder why some materials don’t give the result we envisioned before tying the fly.
Alun’s article below explains this perfectly and is sure to be of great help to every fly tier.
click the pic for the full article.

” So how does changing the colour of tying silk affect how our fly looks? Well essentially, some of the light penetrates the material that we use and then get’s reflected back from materials underneath to enhance the colour. In the case of black tying silk, this doesn’t happen. Any light that penetrates that far gets absorbed and none gets reflected. This then dulls the material we’ve used as a topcoat.To illustrate the point and something I mentioned about modern tinsel, I tied two waddington shanks, one with black tying silk, the other with white tying silk “

Where’s there’s munching there’s crunching!

What defines a Cruncher ?
after noticing this fly style’s name for a while and fiddling around without any serious answers, i asked this over on my friend Alun Rees’ blog ‘the enigmatic angler‘.

“This is only my opinion but I think the style of fly has been around in various guises for a considerable length of time. In reality it’s just a hackled Pheasant Tail Nymph. The flies I’ve posted are based on the Troth’s Pheasant Tail Nymph.

As you’re no doubt aware, the pheasant tail nymph has many variations but this style of fly, with a thorax but no wing cases and a hackle in all probability made it’s first appearance around the early 1980′s in the UK. It was popularised (and possibly first tied) by a prominent Stillwater angler by the name of Gordon Fraser.

During the mid 1980′s he regularly wrote for Trout Fisherman magazine and was well known for his nymphing tactics around weed beds with corixa patterns and the like. He also developed the infamous Booby fly and Fraser nymph.

He later wrote a book, first published in 1987, called ‘Mastering the Nymph.’ Flies that resemble modern Crunchers appear in some of the photos. However, at this time, he refers to them just as hackled pheasant tails.

I think these hackled pheasant tails were the genesis of the modern day Cruncher. They have been modified to suit modern competition styles of angling and also to incorporate some of the trigger points of the flies they’re tied to represent; possibly Lake Olive Nymphs, Buzzers and even Corixa. It’s more a style of fly than an imitative pattern, much like the catch-all Diawl Bach.

Either way, there are days when the Trout can’t help but munch on them! And where’s there’s munching there’s crunching!

haha !  thanks so much Alun for such a nice and informative reply.
i hope our readers will regularly check out Alun’s new blog and his awesome flies.