Friday, 15 January 2021 | Sarah
With so many manufacturers what size clothing do you need? Here you will find a size guide for each manufacturer available to The Essential Fly for easy measuring.
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 | Sarah
Designed to be no-nonsense, easy to pack / unpack, and as comfortable as possible to carry. Features the same durable outer as the entire Greys luggage range.
Saturday, 14 September 2019 | Andy
Great warranties on the amazing range of Arctic Silver rods. Check full details here.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019 | Sarah
With Rod lenths, Weights and Action all different what do they mean and how can it make a difference to your fishing trip?
Help is at hand with the Redington Fly Rod Basics guide.
Monday, 9 September 2019 | Admin
ArcticSilver, well known in Scandinavia where they originate from. These rods have changed the way rods are designed completely. Rather than a fixed cork handle which restricts the action of the rod, stopping the carbon fibre moving, ArcticSilver rods have a hollow composite handle which allows the entire blank to be used right down to its base. This is called Free Flex...... find out more here
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 | Sarah
Heads - Skagit, Scandi, AFS, Traditional?
Weight - Line size #5-11 grams or grains?
Length - Short, Regular or Long?
So much to ask, how on Earth do you choose? For the Joy of Spey you need to understand lines before you can go fishing. Here we aim to help you to gain a wider knowledge of Spey lines and hopefully help to improve your fishing by doing so.
Monday, 15 July 2019 | Sarah
How do you know what Rio line is right for you?
Choosing a Rio fly line is important for your fishing success, our Rio friends can help you out with these simple tools for scuccess!
Monday, 8 July 2019 | Sarah
What does the technology inside the Rio lines mean to your fishing?
A guide to the Core and Coating Techonologies from Rio Products
Friday, 11 August 2017 | Andy
We had a great day fishing at Mulberry Whin on Monday testing the 8 foot 4 weight Vision Onki Rod with the new 2Tone Triangle Taper Wulff Fly line and using the Umpqua waist pack. What a super day catching natural brownies from this lovels chalk stream. Mulberry Whin is the most northerly chalk stream in the UK and in August cost £60 for a days fishing, very different to southern chalk streams.
Using a 4 weight Vision Onki rod paired with the Triangle Taper fly line were a delight. The colour and action of the Visikon Onki were superb and with just 10 feet of fly line our I was able to roll cast and naturally cast 30 feet of fly line 30 feet in very tight circumstances surrounded by trees. The Triangle Taper fly line was superb floating high in the water and it made casting a delight.
Thursday, 10 August 2017 | Andy
Bite identification is critical to fly fishermen, often we have watched and realised that people have not even noticed bites because of either poor eyesight of poor bite indicators being used. So here is a top tip for bite identification and it will cost you very little!
So you may have spent £20 or you may have spend £75 or more on a fly line, please don’t worry this technique will improve your catch ratios and hook-ups. All you need is a dark coloured permanent marker pen (or light coloured pen if the fly line is dark coloured).
Wednesday, 9 August 2017 | AdminDesigned by Garry Sandstrom and part of the Lee and Joan Wulff Royal Wulff range of fly lines these were designed for fishing in areas with limited back casting space. Gary wantedd a fly line wher he could cast 10 to 20 feet of line then in a single roll cast turn over a large bead head fly with indicator and have them fly 30 feet. The lines are used as follows:
- 4 to 7 weight lines (195 to 265 grains) are designed for trout fly fishermen
- 7 to 10 weight (265 to 400 grains) are designed for switch, scandi and skagit on single handed rods (see notes below on Switch and Scandi usage)
- 11 to 14 weight (450 to 600 grains) are intended for double handed fly rods
find out more in this blog post
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 | Andy
So why have cassette fly reels become so popular over the last few years? To answer that question we have to look at the design of reels and think about the way in which we use fly reels. Traditionally reels were machined from solid steel or aluminium blocks or cast in iron. The seperate parts including drag, spool and reel would then be assembled. The spool having been cast or machined often cost half that of the traditional fly reel! If we look at the way fishermen use their reels it shows why manufacturers have moved to casette fly reels and shows their benefits.
Tuesday, 6 June 2017 | Andy
An essential guide.
1 CommentMonday, 5 June 2017 | Andy
For General Salmon fly fishing there are a few things to look for in a good reel, here is our recommended checklist of features. Also check out our top tops for salmon fly reel protection.
1 CommentFriday, 26 August 2016 | Admin
Today we’ll touch on a number of topics, focusing on Upstream Nymphing, whilst also considering how a pair of polarized sunglasses can make all the difference to your fishing trip, and how getting “that sinking feeling” will make you appear psychic to those less experienced.
Thursday, 21 July 2016 | Admin
We had an opportunity to test the new Wychwood RS Rod in July 2016. Newly released and now readily available we thought we would do a full test of this new range of Wychwood Rods. The flagship RS series are classy, high-end fly rods which offer exceptional performance combined with a super lightweight design and stunning good looks.
Friday, 8 July 2016 | Admin
Tuesday, 1 December 2015 | Admin
One of the most important lessons for us was leader preparation at the river or lakeside. Today you will never find us without a tub of Dick Walker's Ledasink or similar material which removes the surface tension on monofilament to allow them to sink but most importantly to reduce flash and glint off the leader. Before we cast you will find us running the entire length of the leader through the tub of Degreasant or mud at least twice, then we run the line through our handkerchief or cloth. The result is that the chemicals always present on line is removed. If you cannot afford it then use some mud from the banks with water
1 CommentTuesday, 24 November 2015 | Admin
As with every hobby there are specialist terms to describe the hobby and the items used. Fly fishing has lots of specialist terms that are used to describe it, check our full glossary of fly fishing terms here or see the terms specifically used in relation to flylines here.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 | Admin
Are you thinking of taking up fly fishing? You'll need to make sure you invest in the right fly fishing clothing, rods and materials to have the best chance of success.