As the rain is has set in for the day a trip down the Thames to Greenwich on one of the Thames Clippers can wait for a sunnier day. In place of that I have decided to spend the morning going through my fly fishing bags in order to sort of the numerous spools I have and sort through my collection of Wheatley Silmalloy fly boxes,where I know flies from last seasons outing where just put back randomly.
I usually store my flies in sets that match where I’m going to fish, so I have a box for flies for Welsh rivers and lakes, Hamphire chalkstreams such as the Itchen and Test, rivers such as the Tay, reservoirs like Blagdon and Chew and one box dedicated for salt water fly fishing for bass off the Sussex coast. In each box is a mixture of emergers, nymphs, wet and dry. I do however have a dedicated box of buzzers and nymphs and one just for dry flies. Like all fisherman I probably have too many, well that’s the comment my other half makes when I leave them lying around after a day out on the river, but can one ever have too many?
As for spools, I usually have a couple to match each reel just so that I can change set up quickly to match the conditions when fishing. I usually have one set up with a DT floating line, an intermediate and either a sinking line or sink tip. I may also spool up one with a WF if having to cast in windy conditions. I would always recommend trying to purchase extra spools instead of getting another reel. Recently I picked up a couple of Hardy Marquis #7 spools with good quality lines on for £10 each at a car boot.
I’ll post up images of the fly boxes later once I’ve had a chance to tidy them up. Fly boxes are becoming sort after especially early Wheatley ones, these even at car boots command £20. Wheatley has a good website see http://www.richardwheatley.com
In reality in a season I’ll probably catch most of my fish on half a dozen or so patterns, these being – pheasant tail nymph,GE nymph, black spider, olive buzzer, greenwells glory, grey duster, black gnat, grey or royal wulff, Elk hair sedge and a red tag for grayling fishing. If I’m fishing Northern waters then sparsely tied flies such as partridge & orange, snipe & purple and sherry spinner give good results for native brown trout. For reservoir fishing a traditional alexandra can give astonishing results along with a bustard & orange. One other fly to have is a wickham’s fancy especially foe fishing in the late afternoon or as the sun is setting.