Saturday 27th September 2014 saw The Pike Anglers Conference back for another year, this time at the Ricoh Arena.

In our guises as committee members of the Fly dressers Guild, Caroline and I were invited to this event to show some Pike flies and explain the workings of the FDG.

I decided to tie a few articulated flies using the Intruder shanks while Caroline tied Barry Ord Clark’s “Helter Skelter” Pike fly.

The Articulated shanks attracted a lot of interest although I was surprised that most of the Pike fly anglers wanted flies tied in natural colours rather than big gaudy colours that I usually tie and use. With that in mind I tied up a few Perch and Roach patterns.

The fly in the photo is tied with a 35mm shank, then a 25mm shank with a 1/0 barbless stinger to finish it off

Tail: Orange Sparkle H2O fibres

Body: (both shanks) Top:-  Olive green bucktail,  Bottom:- White bucktail

Stripe: Grizzle saddle hackle dyed green

Throat: (front only)  Orange Sparkle H2O fibres

Eyes: 8mm 3d eyes covered in UV Cured Gel

The other area of interest was flies that could be fished on drop shot rigs, or even ultra- light spinning rods - something I will look into.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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