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With the increase in free time I find myself with now that Dave is making great progress with the website I have been keeping myself busy in a variety of ways. In no particular order this has involved;
- teaching trout fishing on the Nith,
- casting with the BFCC (British Fly Casting Club) at Oswestry (for me a lot of progress is still required but what good company!),
- spending 4 days at Troutbeck but not being able to fish the Eden and Eamont because of high water but at least catching the odd trout and grayling at home in Lancashire.
But one of the real highlights has been able to do more tying. I was asked to do a few salmon flies, not my forte, but did - using Artic Pony. Having got to know this fur more I see me using it a lot; it seems a strong and mobile fibre that like so many materials is more effective when used sparsely.
Trout and grayling flies have dominated my tying though. I do like the dyed stripped quill bodies, so lifelike and slim.
With the summer here nearly all my river fishing is with dry flies and my preference is for emergers. I am thinking of tying up a box of my flies for the auction after the Grayling Society AGM and symposium, even if I have to buy them back myself!
Dave and I will be at Lowther over the 12/13 August so do come and see us - comments and just chatting about fishing are always welcome. (I have seen Pat today and he has promised to be tying some flies and answering questions on the stand at Lowther - as well as selling you things obviously!.... Dave)