Just some general comments
Monday, 6 July 2020 | Patrick
Most of the fish I catch are with flies I tie myself for the local rivers. However (slight cough and averted gaze) I possess an awful lot of flies that I buy in because they look nice and I can't tie them tidily. I fully accept the wisdom of others and my experience, that on the fairly fast flowing rivers that I fish, that if a fly is a bit grubby and looks like food, then the trout or grayling will grab it first, and think about it afterwards. I am quite sure that there would be more discernment on a chalk stream.
Essential Flies produce flies of high quality, with none of the normal commercial failing of letting glue (face up - we all use it) getting in the eye of the hook.
The only tiny gripe (and it is tiny indeed because most of the fault was mine) was that the latest order did not have the single Coch y Bonddu that I had ordered. I had intended to order 10, but missed the 0 on the keyboard. Unless I am ordering a mixed pack of a pattern, I tend never to order less than 6, of a type, albeit the local overhanging vegetation is taking a lesser toll than hitherto, and it is hardly essential to be carrying 200 flies, of which only 2 will be used.
Stay with it ES - I'm off to the river to see if the tape has been removed from the access points.
Friday, 17 March 2017 | Daniel
very happy with flies and service.5 star.daniel