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Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 11-28-2006, 06:02 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Gardener
Origin of spider-style flies

From flytier's description, it seems to me that marabou spiders are no more than a direct development of the traditional spider style of trout flies that are still quite widely used in the UK,...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 07-22-2006, 10:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 951
Posted By Gardener
Well, as I recall, the inventor of the Willie...

Well, as I recall, the inventor of the Willie Gunn was trying to create a fly that replicated the Thunder & Lightning, but could be tied in the round on tubes. So if anything, the Cascade might be...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 07-21-2006, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 951
Posted By Gardener
I'd say that synthetic flash is pretty well...

I'd say that synthetic flash is pretty well established in European salmon flies. We don't have much of a tradition of peacock herl bodies, so chenille is perhaps less relevant to us, but using...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 04-26-2006, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,141
Posted By Gardener
Eric, I do not believe that the flies you mention...

Eric, I do not believe that the flies you mention are 'direct imitations of natural foods', in the way that, for example, a blue winged olive upwinged dry fly imitates an ephemerid or a Surf Candy...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 04-25-2006, 07:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,141
Posted By Gardener
On your first question, I've no idea what an...

On your first question, I've no idea what an atlantic salmon thinks any fly represents! Since they're not feeding in the river, any notion of representing a particular food item seems fairly...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 04-12-2006, 06:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,365
Posted By Gardener
Agree with Charlie. Matching hooks to tubes is...

Agree with Charlie. Matching hooks to tubes is largely a matter of personal preference. The only exception to this is if you're fishing in very slow water, where a heavy hook may make the fly swim...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 02-21-2006, 05:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,182
Posted By Gardener
I agree with Juro' s solution 1. There...

I agree with Juro' s solution 1.

There appears to be a backwater in front of you when you're standing at 'X'. Very hard to achieve nice presentation fishing over that, even with a long rod. ...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 02-06-2006, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 692
Posted By Gardener
In my former life as a gillie, I used boats a...

In my former life as a gillie, I used boats a great deal; in fact, the majority of our fish were hooked from a boat. Also, sometimes when a fisherman hooked a fish from the bank he would have to get...
Forum: >> Archive: Favorite Trout Flies 12-13-2005, 06:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,320
Posted By Gardener
Tiny tube flies are sometimes used in the UK and...

Tiny tube flies are sometimes used in the UK and Ireland, as well as Iceland, for grilse during hot weather and low water conditions. They are tied on section of tubing about 1/4"-1/2" long and over...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 11-11-2005, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,539
Posted By Gardener
The original spey flies - the ones developed and...

The original spey flies - the ones developed and used on the Spey rather than 'out West' - aren't tied to represent anything specific, since salmon don't feed in freshwater. The general profile,...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 10-28-2005, 06:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,012
Posted By Gardener
On flat water like that, the left hand single...

On flat water like that, the left hand single spey would be the best option if you have to use a spey cast. I'd certainly avoid a double spey or any of the 'funny' casts (snaps, pokes etc) which...
Forum: Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 07-18-2005, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,227
Posted By Gardener
European Regulations

EU regulations do not allow fishing rods to be carried as hand luggage on planes. Believe it or not they are classed as 'Blunt instruments capable of causing injury'.

Baseball bats and golf clubs...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 05-14-2005, 07:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,806
Posted By Gardener
Get yourself up to the Tweed, Wilbert. Given the...

Get yourself up to the Tweed, Wilbert. Given the rivers you list in your profile, I assume you're in Lancashire, so it's not too far. If the river stays low, the bottom beats should start to pick...
Forum: Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 05-09-2005, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,030
Posted By Gardener
I have no personal experience, but from what I do...

I have no personal experience, but from what I do know you need to be quite clear what sort of experience you're after when it comes to choosing a river and a time to visit.

There are places where...
Forum: Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 04-26-2005, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,038
Posted By Gardener
Of course; silly me! Having made your...

Of course; silly me! Having made your pilgrimage, will you be showing off all manner of snaps, pokes and other fancy new casts when you return?
Forum: Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 04-25-2005, 04:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,038
Posted By Gardener
The results have been posted on the Speypages...

The results have been posted on the Speypages forum, in the 'Claves and other gatherings' section.

I'm delighted to say that the the originators of all things spey were shown still to be the best...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 03-31-2005, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,409
Posted By Gardener
Without wishing to hijack this thread, what are...

Without wishing to hijack this thread, what are the advantages/disadvantages of a canoe over the styles of boat used on this side of the atlantic? And what function, if any, do the three non-fishers...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 03-14-2005, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,199
Posted By Gardener
Henning, thanks for bringing back some happy...

Henning, thanks for bringing back some happy memories for me. I worked and fished on the Vosso for about six years in the '80s, and saw it in good times and bad.

When things were good it was...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 03-07-2005, 08:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,083
Posted By Gardener
Certainly, and not only felt soles, but all items...

Certainly, and not only felt soles, but all items of tackle, should be disinfected. Canoes and the like must also be regarded as potential vectors. Thorough drying for 7 days is normally regarded...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 02-28-2005, 12:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,321
Posted By Gardener
fcch - in the UK the use of two flies, a dropper...

fcch - in the UK the use of two flies, a dropper and a tail fly, is quite usual though tends to be more common on the smaller rivers than the large. There are some places where you will find...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 02-09-2005, 09:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,048
Posted By Gardener
Yes, I think this is interesting, Gary. I do...

Yes, I think this is interesting, Gary. I do think that water colour has something to do with it. Flies with green in them seem to be more successful in greenish water, which often means snowmelt. ...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 02-08-2005, 08:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,054
Posted By Gardener
Very much looking forward to that. As per your...

Very much looking forward to that. As per your advice on the other board about contacting the gillie ahead to get advice, what last minute flies should I be tying this weekend? WG's presumably, but...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 02-08-2005, 08:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,054
Posted By Gardener
On relatively flat water like that, and in view...

On relatively flat water like that, and in view of its extreme clarity and the bright sunlight, I'd be concerned about the disturbance that might be caused by the line.

To this end I'd certainly...
Forum: Classic Atlantic Salmon 01-13-2005, 05:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,017
Posted By Gardener
Send him to the Tay, Malcolm - Kinnaird should...

Send him to the Tay, Malcolm - Kinnaird should fit the bill. Or maybe Inverlochy?
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 12-02-2004, 07:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,919
Posted By Gardener
Flytier, I bow to your excellent references. I...

Flytier, I bow to your excellent references. I was going largely from memory and some GP's I tied back in the mid-late '70s when I first started tying, based I think on instructions given in Trout...
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