Just got back to from the Bahamas after a week fishing for Bonefish – all I can say is Wow! For those who have not fished for Bones – this is where you fish- the flats.
There very large areas of flats around the Crooked Islands where we were based – literally tens of square miles of fishable water.
I caught my very first bonefish on the first day and finished up with five for day 1.
Had an excellent week despite the low pressure moving in on Wednesday making it windy with increasing cloud cover giving challenging conditions.
Oh Well – back to work now!
This time of year we are all thinking of what we can buy for a really useful Christmas present – either for yourself or someone else.
We have all the usual lines – but to help you out we will be offering discount on some of our lines – particularly useful for those little stocking fillers.
Fritz Bobbins – These are really handy for using and storing fritz and chenille materials while keeping them tidy, clean and organized. We have them in two sizes, the standard/small size that can even be used for thread or flosses and the large that will handle those thicker plush chenilles
Hook Pallet – This is a small hook pallet that will prevent you loosing hooks on your bench. All tyers have different solutions to the common problems, do you put your hooks straight on the bench or take them out of their box or package one at a time? Why not try this handy little hook pallet?
The Tourbon Fly Patch – These have been selling well and really popular with those of us who are fishing barb-less flies. The fleece inner holds the flies well, but by closing the flap over them you can ensure that they stay in place
The Scottie Hardwood Tool Rack – These have been one of our most popular lines, but unfortunately when current stock has gone we will be discontinuing this item as we cannot find the recycled timber we use.
The Scottie Tool Caddie – This handytool caddie has a small footprint and holds a good number of tools as well as your varnish pot.
Scottie Vices – There are of course all of our Scottie vices available for Christmas Delivery.
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We now have in stock Softened Bees Wax for fly tying. This product is available in two formulas -the standard formula provides an easy to use product for treating tying thread at room temperature. It is also available in a super soft formula that is tacky at room temperature and can be used in colder environments.
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I have been doing a lot more catch and release fishing lately and while nine times out of ten removing the fly is not a problem – in fact it is often in the net! But there is always that time – particularly if you are using a lure or a blob the trout manages to get the fly right in the back of the throat you need something to get it out.
Increasingly catch and release fishing is becoming the norm – even in competitions and if trout are to be released the sooner they are unhooked and back in the water the better.
There has been a great deal of research on survival of released fish – mainly in North America and there are some critical factors that should be born in mind. One of the most commonly mentioned is water temperature and most researchers agree that higher water temperature increases the mortality rate of rainbow trout – however this is outside the anglers control. Two other key factors are not, time out of the water and handling deep hooked fish, the longer a trout is out of the water the higher the chance it will not survive release, while we can all relate stories of fish being out of the water for photo’s, being weighted etc. swimming away – but researchers study survival for more that the time it takes to swim away.
Deep hooking is also something the angler can control – if you are fishing passively or using buoyant flies on sunk lines there is a greater chance of the deep hooking. So what do you do if you deep hook a fish? You could consider cutting the line and releasing both fly and fish, in a study more than half the fish released with deep hooks still in place had shed them within 4 weeks. Further research found that removal of hooks from deep hooked fish did more damage than the hooking – so if you are going to try to unhook a deep hooked fish be prepared to kill it, which is the final alternative.
So if you are fishing catch and release the more quickly and efficiently you can get your fly out of the fish and the fish back in the water the better. The disgorgers available are plastic and will not fit over a fly – so all in all they are unsatisfactory and prone to breaking . By contrast see anglers have some awesome tools to remove their bait hooks – so for the fly fisherman their should be something in between, this is my first offering. The business end is a simple loop like a rod tip ring but with an opening allowing your leader to slip in. The overall length is 24cm, which should allow a trout to be unhooked in the net, which will reduce any risk to the fish.
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Having had a bit of down time after the christmas rush I have had a chance to look around the net to see what has been going on. One of the things I came across was a really comprehensive sight just for knots.
Net Knots not only gives you instructions on how to tie all the knots you will ever need – but they also give animations and video clips on how to tie them. They have also ‘productized’ the site by offering sets of cards with illustrations and instructions that you can slip into your pocket as an aid memoir. And for the techies you can get a knot app for your phone or pad.
What really interested me was seeing the knot I swear by to secure my flies with shown as the Davy Knot – I was introduced to it as the ‘Figure 8 knot’ – but since using it in preference to the blood knot I was shown when I first started fishing a cannot remember loosing a hook.
A really interesting site and I am sure that any angler will pick up something new.