there's a great chance that the dry fly action will really start in earnest later this
week. Especially with the Iron Blue hatch just on the horizon - but more
about those at the weekend.
the right length/make-up of your dry fly leader, along with some easy to make
leader recipes specifically tailored to different scenarios when dry fly fishing ***
much more of a reputation for success on Stillwaters - The Adams.
Charles Adams. The image above is taken from a fantastic book called, Tying
Catskill-Style Dry Flies by Mike Valla, where there is a whole chapter dedicated
to the Adams - if you are into rolling your own flies, this book is a worthy
investment - we take lots of inspiration from it.
an olive, but they really do work well, as such, the Adams is a fly which should
be in all angler fly box.
Parachute - With the hackle tied horizontally around a sighting post
the surface - and stays there with only a little floatant added!
wrapped horizontally), with an orange sighting post and in the original colours.
Our selection contains 2 each of sizes 14 and 16.
along a quarter of the hook), with a tall sighting post and in the original colours.
These are extremely small flies! Our selection contains 2 each of sizes 20 and
patterns - see above, 2 each of each size). We are supplying all of these for
in this email to view the flies in more detail.
all about dry fly leaders!
are a few pointers to get you started:
Nylon/Copolymer: Generally more cost effective and slightly thicker than
Fluorocarbon: Denser than water so will sink, great when covering very
Use whichever material you have confidence in, this is the weak point in any
setup, confidence in knot strength is everything!
Leader Material Sizes: The X system marked on spools of tippet determines
the diameter of the tippet (the bigger the X number, the thinner the tippet):
If the water is small or rough, use a leader which is roughly the length of the
rod. If the water is calm, extend the leader to between 11' and 15', then add 2'
to 4' of tippet. Just remember:
the spookier the fish,
the smaller the fly,
the longer and finer tippet you need.”
To enable your dry fly to turn over correctly (which is our main aim), your tippet
should always be balanced to the size of your fly:
In this section, I will give you some leader designs for different length leaders.
Using all of the above information you can define which length leader you need,
use these designs as a starting point. All of these leader designs end with 6X
and are designed for rods from 2 weight to 5 weight - happy tying:
Manifesto" - which includes all of the above (and is a little easier to read), just
reply to this email and I will answer any questions you may have and email you
a copy of the manifesto.