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Devon School of Fly Fishing Team blog

Some time soon

It’s too soon to start moaning about the weather so I’ll bite my lip for a bit. It is the same for all of us right now and I doubt I’d be catching fish anywhere. MFD, fingers crossed we’ll get out!

What this unsettled spell has done is to really re-ignite my fly tying. I have been busying myself tying shrimps, tubes and of course grayling bugs. My main worry is that by December my fly boxes will be full to bursting point!

I had a conversation with a pal the other day about tying patterns. Part of me finds it very hard not to deviate a little from a pattern by just making a little change that in my mind, long before I actually try it for real on the river, might make a difference and swing the odds my way. That having been said, one of the patterns I’ve been tying, the Cascade, seems to work just fine as it is and catches salmon just about anywhere so why change it?


When it comes to grayling bugs I have tweaked a few old style Czech nymph patterns just to see if they’ll come up with the goods.

Issue 23 of Eat, Sleep, Fish is just about finished bar the last few articles. I can’t believe we are fast approaching our second anniversary. It seems to have flown by and I am loving putting it together. It is a real labour of love and the chance to give something back to a pastime that still gives me so much pleasure.

So, it’s back to the vice for me until the rivers drop, one of the best times to be on the river looking for grayling!





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