A succinct attempt to express the fun and enjoyment of a weekend spent camping and fishing with friends on Dartmoor, in SW England. There are more videos on the website: www.tobiascoe.com
The Bourne Rivulet is often in the news for the wrong reasons, laid low by pollution and drought, but not in 2012, when Trout & Salmon editor Andrew Flitcroft, in the company of William Daniel of Famous Fishing, found it in rude health -- a gin-clear stream offering classic dry-fly and nymph sport The rivulet is the inspiration for the famous angling book Where The Bright Waters Meet by Harry Plunket Greene.
Rob Denson first enjoyed success with this Soldier Palmer variant on Malham Tarn in Yorkshire when a farmer was grass-cutting and disturbed terrestrials were blown on to the water. A dozen trout came to the fly, positioned on the top dropper. It has versatile 'buggy' qualities. Tied by Peter Gathercole.
Having done the research, and weighed up the options, Jim Forrester plumps for Norway's Reisa River in his quest for a trophy Atlantic salmon.
A fly of vague suggestion. When sedge (adult and pupa), shrimp, fry or terrestrials may be on the menu. Use it on any position on the leader and with any line. Hard to beat fished loch-style with two other classic wet-flies. Tied by Peter Gathercole.
Peter Gathercole ties a wonderful salmon fly born on the prestigious Tulchan beat of the River Spey. Gillie John Anderson likes to tie the fly on a single hook, which he says produces a better hook-hold than a double.
Arthur Macdonald ties extravagant Muddler-style patterns and has developed alternative winged/Dabbler style patterns, known as Slappers. Living on the fringes of Lochaber country he has access to some beautiful and exciting lochs on the west coast of Scotland. His colour schemes reflect a predilection for black, clarets and other strong colours in this area. Tied by Peter Gathercole.
Dennis Moss, author of Trout From A Boat and Irish Rise, offers this classic Buzzer for the great Irish loughs. Dennis uses natural materials, rather than modern synthetics, and the result is a wonderfully imitative pattern that can be easily adapted with the addition of a badger hackle and wing to create an emerger.
A versatile wet-fly that will catch fish in every month of the season. Particularly effective on the middle dropper. Tied by Peter Gathercole.
An essential fly-dressing skill. Peter Gathercole demonstrates how to complete a whip finish by hand or with a tool.