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Wye Tenkara

Upper Longtown Beat River Monnow

Upper Longtown beat of the river Monnow

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By richard adeney, May 3 2020 10:49AM


This is well worth spending time looking at this video.


https://www.facebook.com/PatagoniaEurope/videos/222519822517457/


Follow A homemade 15-foot cane rod, lines meticulously braided from the tail of a stallion, simple flies tied by hand without the aid of a vise—this is pesca alla Valsesiana. Originating on the small mountain streams of northern Italy, this simple, beautiful style of fishing has been in practice since at least the 16th century. Led by the sport’s elder statesman, Arturo Pugno, it is still practiced by a small number of devotees on those same streams, using the same materials and techniques employed since the beginning. It is fishing at its most basic and refined, and it is only mastered by anglers Arturo Pugno calls “complete fisherman.”


The new Patagonia film, Il Pescatore Completo | The Complete Fisherman, introduces us to this timeless angling technique, its enduring maestro and the special places where it is practiced with the same devotion and reverence as it was centuries ago.




By richard adeney, Apr 8 2020 07:07PM

The basic pheasant tail nymph proved to be such a successful fly, with a worldwide reputation, that it has spawned a large number of variations. They include the famous Cove nymph, which is one of the most well known. This fly is named after, and devised by Arthur Cove a lead British still water fly fishing angler. The Cove nymph has a tail and body of cock pheasant tail fibres and the thorax is made of rabbit fur with cock pheasant wing cases.


The standard dressing now has a tail comprising of cock pheasant tail fibres, a body of cock pheasant tail fibres ribbed with gold/silver wire and the thorax is made of dubbing with a cock pheasant tail fibres wing cases. The dubbing is picked out to form legs. A hackle may also be added in front of the thorax. To add additional weight to the fly a tungsten bead may be added just behind the eye of the hook. Another additions to the basic pattern include adding Flashback to the back of the nymph, adding hot orange spots and adding a CDC frill just behind the tungsten bead. Another variation is to substitute the cock pheasant fibres for hen pheasant fibres. Hook sizes on which this fly is tied range from greater than size 20 to about a size 8. In the small sizes the fly represents mayfly nymphs of the order ephemeropta and larger sizes represent a range of aquatic larva and may also include including small fish.



Orange spot beaded Pheasant Tail Nymph
Orange spot beaded Pheasant Tail Nymph
Bead Pheasant Tail Nymph with a CDC coller
Bead Pheasant Tail Nymph with a CDC coller
Modern dressing of the Pheasant Tail Nymph
Modern dressing of the Pheasant Tail Nymph

By richard adeney, Mar 14 2020 10:19AM

The pheasant tail nymph is perhaps one of the easiest flies to tie. In its simplest form it consists of the hurls from the tail of the cock pheasant and copper wire. This original pattern was devised by the renowned river keeper on the Upper Avon Frank Sawyer. He devised this pattern to imitate the nymph stage of an up-wing may fly. In the clear waters of the Upper Avon in Hampshire he was able to cast this fly to individual fish. Since the introduction of this fly in the late 1950’s it has spawned a great number of children. Today it is rarely used in its original form.


Frank Sawyer Pattern

Hook: 14 or smaller

Tail: Cock Pheasant Tail herl

Under body: fine copper wire. Originally from the windings of an electric motor. The under body is formed so that there is a pronounced bulge at the eye end of the hook to represent the thorax of the nymph.

Over body: Cock Pheasant Tail herl wound over all the copper wire under body.

Rib: Copper wire


This nymph is tied without the use of a tying thread.


Method: Secure the hook into the fly tying vice and then form the under body of fine copper wire. It is important to leave a long tail of wire at the bend to form the rib. Select a bunch of Cock Pheasant Tail herl and tie in at the bend of the hook to form both the tail and body. Wind the herl round the copper wire and form the body of the nymph. Secure just behind the thorax. Rib the body with the copper wire tail and secure. Now form the thorax with the remaining Cock Pheasant Tail herl. Secure and form a head with the copper wire.



By richard adeney, Feb 28 2020 02:31PM

The Llynfi is a medium sized tributary of the River Wye, which flows out of Llangorse Lake an ancient glacial lake. The Pontithel beat is a delight to fish with a good stock of both grayling brown trout. On this beat I have caught larger grayling than brown trout. Tickets can be obtained from the Wye and Usk foundation. The banks of the stream are fairly wooded but it is possible to get into the water and wade upstream.



I was fishing the river in November 2018 for grayling and caught this fine specimen. The set up I was using was my trusty ESO 6:4 3.6 meter rod matched with a 3.5 furled Tenkara line. I have had this rod for several years now and it has served me very well. I was fishing up a run underneath the trees with a small dry fly. In addition to the fine fish I caught I also caught other grayling of a smaller size from the same run.

Later that day I also caught some out of season brown trout.










By richard adeney, Feb 28 2020 11:37AM

These are my main ‘go to’ fly tying materials when tying flies for trout and grayling. I also have other materials which I use less often. A small pack of high quality hackles, peacock hurl and striped peacock quill for making quill body dry flies. In addition to the materials discussed some fine gold, silver and copper wire, fly tying thread, a range of hooks in various sizes and styles, and some tungsten beads to add additional weight to you nymphs. That is about all you need to make many successful flies and start your fly tying journey.



What are the materials you go to most often when tying trout flies? Do you have a short list of favourite fly tying materials materials’? It seems today every new fly is tied with ever more new and exciting materials. I think that this can be a ‘turn off’ for would be fly tiers who think that to successfully tie flies you need all the latest materials and the correct hook style. I don’t think that this is true. If you look through my fly boxes five materials will predominate.


My Five Magic Fly Tying Materials are:


1. Hare’s Ear Mask: This is an extremely versatile source of dubbing material. The colour range in a hare’s ear mask ranges from bark brown to a cream colour. You will be able to make a wide range of bodies and thoraxes of nymphs and dry flies with this material. The classic fly pattern using this material is the ‘Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear’. This fly can be fished either wet or dry or as an emerger. It is perhaps one of the first emerger patterns even before the term was current. This pattern can be tied with or without a wing and forms the foundation for a great many flies.


2. Pheasant Tail: The tail of the cock pheasant is a very useful material for making fly bodies both dry and wet and so is the tail feathers from the hen pheasant. It is a very readily available material and can even be obtained from ‘road kill’! The simple pheasant tail nymph is one of the classic nymph representations of a mayfly nymph. The original version of this fly has only two materials, which are fine copper wire and cock pheasant tail. This pattern has also lead to many variations and is more usually tied with a dubbing thorax now.


3. Partridge Hackles and Other ‘Soft Hackles’: Partridge hackles are very versatile feather when tying spider patterns. I tend to tie the hackle facing forward in a kebari style for my spider patterns. There are a few other soft hackles I use occasionally and they are; snipe and jackdaw.


4. Deer Hair: Deer is mainly used as a winging material in dry flies and adds structure to the wing. It is particularly useful when tying sedge patterns. One of my favourite sedge patterns has a body and thorax taken from a hare’s ear mask and a wing made up of CDC and deer hair.


5. CDC: CDC is a very good winging material for dry flies. It is easy to tie into a fly and I think that it makes a very realist wing. It also adds floatability to a fly if it is treated correctly. I use it a lot in my small dry flies.


These are my main ‘go to’ fly tying materials when tying flies for trout and grayling. I also have other materials which I use less often. A small pack of high quality hackles, peacock hurl and striped peacock quill for making quill body dry flies. In addition to the materials discussed some fine gold, silver and copper wire, fly tying thread, a range of hooks in various sizes and styles, and some tungsten beads to add additional weight to you nymphs. That is about all you need to make many successful flies and start your fly tying journey.



Selection of fly tying materials ready for use
Selection of fly tying materials ready for use

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