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The Fly Shop Invitational Competition – Islanders Collect Bronze

Our annual trip across the pond to Wales could not come quick enough as many of our competitions had been cancelled or postponed. We were waiting in eager anticipation to get all the gear packed up and the road trip started! After the excellent fishing on Clywedog last year we were all excited to get back out on the water. When we reached our accommodation at Hafren Forest Bunkhouse we were greeted by Sarah and Darren who were excellent hosts...

Jim Crawford with a cracking small still water rainbow trout

Jim Crawford Picks His Top Patterns From 2020 Season

One of the huge benefits of being involved with The Fly Shop is not just being able to help give fellow fly fishermen new ammo to target fish, I also get to fish with the patterns of the other guys in the design team. Russ and Gazza, Arden, Alec and Wayne all have contributed some totally awesome flies that are always developing with new materials and ideas. You have the benefit of all these patterns being tried and tested before being...

Head ranger Gazza Dixon at Llyn Clywedog

Llyn Clywedog Top Ten flies By Gazza Dixon

Head ranger and top competition fly fisher Gazza Dixon picks his top ten must have flies for Llyn Clywedog The first two flies on Gazza list are the black and gold humongous and the green eyed black and gold humongous. For anybody that has fished with Gazza on Llyn Clywedog you will have seen how deadly these two flies are for him. Both flies fished ten feet apart on lines from Di 3 down to the booby basher. Best fished...

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Top 10 must have fly lines for competitive loch style fly fishing

Since launching the fly shop and guiding one question I get asked a lot is why so many lines and what would you class as essential. The first is a floating line this is a must have. I use the Loop Opti still water in a WF7. This line is mainly used for dry fly or bung fishing. It loads the rod very fast and is great for covering moving fish fast. It also turns the bung and flies over...

Top dry flies for llyn brenig and the Loop 7 x fly rod

Dry Fly Fishing Top Tips At Llyn Brenig

Llyn Brenig reservoir is located in Wales, in the heart of the Denbigh Moors, at a height of 1200 feet. Construction began in 1973 and was completed in 1976. It has a capacity of 60 million m³ and was first filled in 1979. With a surface area of around 920 acres, it is the fourth largest lake in Wales and has a perimeter of some 9 miles. Llyn Brenig Lake is now recognised as one of the best fisheries...

Loop 7X fly rod with Loop Opti dry fly reel used to catch wild brown trout with the fly shop flies


NYMPHING FOR DOLLAGHAN After some long awaited rain, the rivers got a much needed freshen up and more importantly a rise to help the migratory fish travel up the system. Near where I live I am fortunate to have both salmon and a unique strain of brown trout called Dollaghan that run up the rivers from Lough Neagh. These large trout spend most of the year feeding in Lough Neagh before returning to their rivers to spawn. These potamodromous fish...

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Russell Owen Enjoys His First Day Out With The Welsh Hawks Team.

Russ had been eagerly waiting for the first day out with the rest of the lads who I fish with in the Welsh Hawks. Although the forecast wasn’t great for our first day out on Clywedog with rain most of the day and a moderate breeze but I wanted to try out some of the new Superflo tip lines from Airflo.

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Jim Crawford Gets Back Out On The Lake Of Menteith

To say the last few months have been tough without fly fishing as you all know would be an understatement so when the opportunity arose for a day out on Lake of Menteith it was a no brainer.

Rutland water boat fishing one man in a boat

Sean’s first Day On Rutland After Lockdown

Sean Hanlon takes a boat out for the first time after lock down on Rutland water. A tough start finding the method but once dialed in a great a days fishing using hare's ear nymphs and boobies.

Mike netting a Wal Goch rainbowtrout Trout using a Black skinny jungle cock flash back diawl bach

First Trip after Lockdown to Wal Goch Trout Fishery

After a long lock down, it was great to finally get out fishing again. I received a call from good friend Mike Williams and asked if I fancied a short evening session at Wal Goch Trout Fishery. The fishery is only a short distance from my office so what better than after a long day, a few hours fishing.

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