Saturday, 27 December 2008

When the wind is the East... becomes much colder. For that reason I can easily understand why the 'fish bite the least'. We walked today in an attempt to blow some of those Christmas food and drink-induced cobwebs free. Blown away or not, they certianly will have gathered a nice layer of frost on them.

So we are in the bridge between Christmas and New Year - this is the time to think over what you've learned from the year gone by - an important time for reflection. It's funny how it becomes difficult to work out whether something happened this year or last; yet the year seems to have whizzed by. I will think on more and post my reflections soon.

In the meantime, I have been back at the vice. Whilst I love them winter, I have started already to have those thoughts of warmer, calmer weather and my interest (obsession) with simple emergers continues:

Ginger & Badger Emerger:

Hook: Partridge 15BN #14
Thread: Bennechi 12/0, yellow
Rib: Copper wire
Abdomen: Natural Awesome Possum
Thorax: Orange A/P & cream A/P
Hackle: ginger / golden badger rooster, mixed (paraloop)

Dark & Honey Dun Emerger:

Hook: Partridge 15BN #14
Thread: Bennechi 12/0, yellow
Rib: 1/69" pearl mylar (#16 UNI)
Abdomen & Thorax: Natural Awesome Possum
Hackle: Dark & honey dun rooster, mixed (paraloop)

I am playing around with some new ideas here which hopefully will develop further. I'll post more as I go.

Thanks for looking; please check by soon,


shanksi said...

Nice looking flies as usual Dave. Josh and I went down the Clyde today to try out his new rod and centre pin reel but have to admit gave up after 30 minutes as the eyes on the rod were icing up and was losing all feeling in my finger tips. Still was good to get out and enjoyed the walk.


Dave Wiltshire said...

Thanks Ian. It was a cruel easterly again today. We went for longish walk across a wildlife reserve and the frosts were just not shifting. I'm sure you'll get out soon - just need a few extra degrees...

Jeremy said...


Jeremy here. I've been folowing your posts for some time now and that last post on your Paraloop Emerger told me I had to say "Hello".

A fine fly. Hopefully sometime I'll learn to tie some up... Heck, I'm still feeling all thumbs with small parachutes but I've been very interested in that Paraloop style after seeing some of Roy's flies!

Yours look SO enticing!! Minnesota..formerly from Peterborough!

Dave Wiltshire said...

Hi Jeremy,

Good to ear from you. Roy is certainly a fine tyer. It's a technique well wirth securing - produces great flies with different character to parachute hackles.

I hope to post mor stuff that interests you.

Cheers, and a happy 2009.