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Location: Watford Hertfordshire
|Posted: Sun Oct 03, 2021 11:40 am Post subject: Simple flies
|For the last few months, I have found myself using a selection of very basic flies to fish Farmoor (and the canal). Most of the fishing has been in the top layers so these flies have been suited to the conditions.
The Black Pennell has always been a favourite of mine and if you have watched my Farmoor Videos you will see it in action. A revelation has been the Black & Peacock with a silver, orange, or red tag. I original tied it on due to the number of snails I was finding in fish. It has caught quite a few fish for me on a dropper, I tend to only fish two flies on nylon when the fish are up in the water.
The other flies that get tied on regularly are a Shipmanâ€™s in black, red, or claret and the odd Cruncher.
The majority of the sub surface flies are on B175s but the Shipmanâ€™s are on B170s in 12s & 14s. I have had issues with the browns in no1 occasionally straightening the B170, but I have a good stock of them so they will have to do.
Its been bit of an eye opener for me, because like most fly fishers who tie their own flies it is easy to make things over complicated.
Floating Lines, buzzers, nymphs, stick floats, maggots and throwing lures at bitey things.