It has been a few days since I updated my blog, I guess a reflection that it has been eyes down on looking for work.
With the last post being that of The Mad March Hare and a reference to using a Hares mask for tying flies I thought I’d detail my thoughts on that stalwart of a fly the Gold Ribbed Hares Ear sometimes attributed to Ogden and Halford, which I have to say always accounts for a good few of my seasons catch of trout. It is interesting to note how easy it is to overlook some of these classic flies when out for a day’s fishing. Without question you need a few of these in you fly box.
A few years ago, well I guess a now a couple of decades ago I would head up to the Welsh mountains with my good friend Shaun Madle and fish a lake where early season trout would fall to a team of wet flies with a point fly usually being a GRHR or a pheasant tail.
These wild brown trout would always be hard to tempt in early season and to trip to the Tynycornel Hotel was on the agenda for Easter or the May Bank Holiday. We would usually drift from the bridge back over a couple of sunken cairns and usually around these cairns we would get our first take, these fish would follow the point fly but would then take a wet Greenwell Glory or a Mallard & Claret usually the middle fly.