Saturday, 12 September 2009

Sedge hogs for St John at Rumbling Bridge

Customers like and catch trout and salmon with flies which we don't sell.
At this juncture in time we only carry a few patterns.
Special patterns new patterns and creative patterns yes.
From time to time we get asked to tie mundane flies which we will never
(never say never Nick) sell.
These black pennel variants and sedge hogs are those flies.
When you see the quality of the original (Kenyan as it uses monkey fur and
not deer hair) they are very poor. but you pay peanuts and you get monkeys
St John was very pleased with his new flies.
But worried that after been told about the monkey fur (baboon) he thinks that the fly might
worked because it might have shown its arse to induce to take the fly.
When I see poorly tied flies, tied for money and not because of skill or craft, it gets my goat up.
Why!!!!!!!! We love are craft here at deer creek and it is a craft.


  1. It's an interesting point you make Nik. I often read how trout don't give a damn about scruffy, poorly tied flies - just make a good presentation. Certainly, even the neatest fly can become more effective after a few fish and the fly is roughed up BUT... so much of our success on the water is a consequence of confidence - in tackle, approach, presentation and fly. Quality flies provide that edge in confidence.
    And I've never subscribed to the philosophy that flies are a consumable item. Tie on a good quality fly and your focus is sharply enhanced - it's a lot easier to get sloppy with a cheap fly, less so if the fly is a valuable element of the approach.

    Sipping Ardbeg... catch you soon ;)