Fly Choice in Focus Lesson 1

12 CommentsFriday, 3 November 2017  |  Paul G

Here we go with another mini series of lessons, this time delving into how to get the very best out of simple fly patterns. Part one of three is below (and you can scroll down for info and links too). Enjoy! (Lesson 2 is now available here


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Denis Daly
Saturday, 4 November 2017  |  8:40

Thanks Guys. That was very useful and I love the kiss principle. Sometimes in fishing, as in many aspects of life, we over-complicate things. Tight lines, Denis

Paul G
Saturday, 4 November 2017  |  8:45

High 5 Denis, thank you so much. The lesson that we've got coming on Monday is a doozy. I'm really excited to see what your reaction to that will be too.

William Diamond
Saturday, 4 November 2017  |  8:43

Love the lessons guys. They have transformed the way I approach my fishing!

Paul G
Saturday, 4 November 2017  |  8:46

Wow, that's made my weekend right there William. Might I be able to quote you on that sometime?


Steve Austin
Sunday, 5 November 2017  |  11:53

Excellent tutorial

Paul Gaskell
Sunday, 5 November 2017  |  12:24

Very kind of you to say Steve, thank you very much for passing that on (good to know when we're on the right track). Paul

Christopher Pearce
Sunday, 5 November 2017  |  17:24

I will be eternally grateful to David Webster and his ghost writer for The Angler and the Loop-Rod. It got me actually practicing fixed line fly fishing,rather than just being intrigued by the descriptions of it by Cotton and Barker; and so on to tenkara. I don't think his style with its thick heavy line and big team of flies has much in common with the high held rod, fly first approach of Stewart, Cotton and modern tenkara fishers, but relied on other things for its effectiveness. But don't let that put tenkaraists off, the book is a great read, full of good information and descriptions and very amusing in places.
H. C. Cuttcliffe's book The Art of Trout Fishing on Rapid Streams is also well worth a look, to me his fly fishing methods are quite tenkaralike.

Paul Gaskell
Saturday, 11 November 2017  |  20:45

Great input Christopher - I'm glad you flagged up H.C. Cuttcliffe's book as it's not one I've read yet. I'm always delighted to uncover new information (to me), so big thanks for putting me onto that one sir!


Sunday, 5 November 2017  |  18:05

Great video with a great discussion...

Paul Gaskell
Saturday, 11 November 2017  |  20:44

Thank you Ivo - that's super kind of you to say.


Simon Wells
Saturday, 11 November 2017  |  16:11

Love these lessons guys. You can teach an old dog new tricks, and you certainly have!

Paul Gaskell
Saturday, 11 November 2017  |  20:47

Again, Simon, that is really gracious of you to give kind feedback like that. It makes my day to think that you might have a bit of a different experience on stream due (in part) to something we put together here.