Monday saw me on Draycote with Ian Mckenzie, I’d fished it in the major clubs match a week earlier and caught a lot of very nice fish but on the practice day I had caught a few much bigger fish on dry flies. I wanted a day with no pressure purely on the dries and there is no one better at dry fly fishing than Ian.

The weather was less than ideal with very variable winds and frequent sunny spells. This added to crystal clear water (you can see the bottom in 18 feet!) which meant that dry fly fishing was probably going to be rather difficult. We motored off towards the School slips where I’d had a few on practice day. Sadly the expected drifts didn’t produce and we moved about in search of fish ending up on the dam past Rainbow corner.

We moved a couple of fish to a dry daddy long legs before Ian caught a lovely 3 ½ pound grown on fish by twitching his dry away from a swirl, I added a second to a static daddy and we were off! The day continued with fish coming to the daddy and also to the fiery brown Shipman’s buzzers every time the sun went behind the clouds. We didn’t hook all the takes and we did both loose fish. I had three fall off for no apparent reason and Ian got broken a couple of times by ferocious takes.

We ended up with 12 in the boat, nothing less than 3" and the two best being around 5lbs, Ian also had a 4lb brown. Fantastic fishing.

The two flies that did most of the damage were the Dry foam Daddy and the Fiery Brown Shipmans.

Dry foam Daddy
Hook: Partridge K4AY grub hook
Thread: 8/0 tan Body 2mm tan foam
Wings: 2 small hackle points from a cream Indian cock cape.
Legs: Knotted Pheasant tail
Hackle: 8 turns of brown cock saddle

Fiery Brown Shipmans
Hook: Partridge L5A Dry fly hook
Thread: Black 8/0
Breathers: Antron yarn
Rib: Stretched pearl tinsel, three turns on rear half of body only
Body: Seals fur

Chris Reeves

Some of you may have met me at the British Fly Fair International, The Spring Flyfishing Show, at The Fly Dressers' Guild evenings, or perhaps at a European or American fly show. Others of you may have fished with or against me on the riverbank, lakeside or more likely in a boat during the “Loch Style” competition season, or in friendly outings run by clubs like Fishing For Fun. I’ve been fishing for as long as I can remember and flyfishing for over 25 years. The world of flyfishing fascinates me, and as family and friends will testify, I’ll take every opportunity to fish for trout, salmon or other species, on rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or the sea, in the UK or other parts of the world ... Fly tying was a logical progression from flyfishing, so I started tying flies almost as soon as I began to flyfish, learning from books and from exchanging ideas with other fly tiers. I really enjoy the challenge of developing and tying new patterns, and then making sure they work. Well, you have to, don’t you? In 2006, Whiting Farms signed me up as a member of their Fly Tying Pro Team, giving me access to some fantastic materials which I hope to be able to share with you from time to time. In addition, in May 2010 I completed the Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guides course at Clearwater Lodge in California, USA. Since retiring from the Metropolitan Police in 2008 after 33 years of service, I’m able to dedicate more time to fishing and flytying.

Watch the view below of Chris tying a Turkey Nymph for Trout on a Partridge hook and Partridge stall.


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