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Mouse Eaters, Alaska!

Kyle Schenk15th October 2019

Everything you need to know about Targeting Trophy Trout

Rob Edmunds9th October 2019
3.3lb Chew Valley Perch

A Mixed Bag At Chew Valley Lake

Kieron Jenkins2nd October 2019
grayling fishing

Get Set For Grayling Fishing This Season

Phillippa Hake30th September 2019
Harrison Douds wins england youth qualifer

Harrison Douds Wins England Youth National!

Harrison Douds24th September 2019
mentieth trout caught on Masterclass fluorocarbon leader

The Benefits of Fluorocarbon Leader for Fly Fishing

Kevin Porteous19th September 2019

How to tie the Quill Jig Euro Nymph

Phillippa Hake14th September 2019
Scierra-Pairs-2019 Winner

Scierra Pairs 2019 Final Overview

Rob Edmunds10th September 2019
Fishing in Seychelles|Fishing in Seychelles|Fishing in Seychelles|Fishing in Seychelles|Fishing in Seychelles|Fishing in Seychelles

Fly Fishing in the Seychelles; Cosmoledo

Olly Thompson4th September 2019
salmon flies|salmon flies|salmon flies|chalkstream salmon flies||salmon flies for iceland|salmon flies for norway|best salmon flies

In My Fly Box: Salmon Flies by Alex Jardine

Alex Jardine22nd August 2019
Frewston Reservoir Phillippa Hake|Fewston Reservoir Trout|Fewston Reservoir Trout|Frewston Reservoir Phillippa Hake

Fly Fishing at Fewston Reservoir

Phillippa Hake15th August 2019
Converting Following Pike Into Takes|Converting Following Pike Into Takes|Converting Following Pike Into Takes|Converting Following Pike Into Takes

How To Convert Following Pike into Taking Fish

Paul Clydesdale14th August 2019
Fly Fishing For Predators|Fly Fishing For Predators|Fly Fishing For Predators|Fly Fishing For Predators|Fly Fishing For Predators|Pike FishFly Fishing For Predators|Fly Fishing For Predators|Fly Fishing For Predators

Fly Fishing for Predators – Choosing the Right Spots

Dougie Loughridge13th August 2019

Masterclass Fluorocarbon Impresses at Jurassic Lake

Denis Isbister12th August 2019
youth iternational fly fishing|youth iternational fly fishing

Youth International Fly Fishing

Harrison Douds5th August 2019
Brook Trout|Brook Trout|Brook Trout|Brook Trout|Brook Trout|Brook Trout|Brook Trout|Brook Trout|Brook Trout

White Mountain Brook Trout

Nick Yardley26th July 2019
Targeting Pin Fry Feeders|Targeting Pin Fry Feeders|Targeting Pin Fry Feeders

Targeting Pin Fry Feeders

Rob Edmunds25th July 2019
Summer Dry Fly Fishing|Summer Dry Fly Fishing|Summer Dry Fly Fishing|Summer Dry Fly Fishing|Summer Dry Fly Fishing|Summer Dry Fly Fishing

Summer Dry Fly Fishing Tips – Spinners

Andy Buckley24th July 2019
Iceland|Iceland|Iceland|Iceland|Iceland

Catching Big Char and Beautiful Browns in Iceland

Ceri Thomas23rd July 2019

Alex Jardine’s Top 10 Salmon Flies from Fulling Mill

Alex Jardine22nd July 2019
Dry Dropper Method|Dry Dropper Method|Dry Dropper Method|Dry Dropper Method|Dry Dropper Method|Dry Dropper Method|Dry Dropper Method|Dry Dropper Method

Fishing The Dry Dropper Method

Guido Vinck22nd July 2019
Streamer Fishing|Streamer Fishing|Streamer Fishing|Streamer Fishing|Streamer Fishing|Streamer Fishing|Streamer Fishing

5 Tips for Better Streamer Fishing While Wading

Sean Platt4th July 2019
wet fly fishing on rivers|wet fly fishing on rivers|wet fly fishing on rivers|wet fly fishing on rivers

Wet Fly Fishing on Rivers – When, Where and How?

Simon Robinson2nd July 2019
Lago Strobel

Lago Strobel: Hook, Line and Squirminator…

Jessica Isbister28th June 2019
Magnetique MagMini giveaway|Magnetique MagMini giveaway|Magnetique MagMini giveaway

WIN A MAGNET-IQUE MAGMINI!

Fulling Mill24th June 2019
Nymph Fishing|Nymph Fishing|Nymph Fishing|Nymph Fishing

Top Tips for Nymph Fishing on Stillwaters

Simon Robinson21st June 2019
Ausable|Ausable|Ausable|Ausable|Ausable|Ausable|Ausable|Ausable|Ausable|Ausable|Ausable|Ausable

Top 14(ish) Flies for the Ausable River

Sean Platt20th June 2019
angling trust loch style championships 2019|angling trust loch style championships 2019|angling trust loch style championships 2019

Angling Trust Loch Style Championship 2019

Rob Edmunds17th June 2019

Alex Jardine’s Top 10 Trout Flies

Alex Jardine15th June 2019
Masterclass Copolymer Leaders Review|Masterclass Copolymer Leaders Review|Masterclass Copolymer Leaders Review

Fulling Mill Masterclass Tapered Leaders Review

Phil Ratcliffe13th June 2019
fly fishing for zander||fly fishing for zander|fly fishing for zander|fly fishing for zander|fly fishing for zander|fly fishing for zander|fly fishing for zander|fly fishing for zander||Written in English|Written in German

Snag-Prone Hide-and-Seek…

Steffen Schulz12th June 2019
Christmas Island|Christmas Island|Christmas Island|Christmas Island|Christmas Island|Christmas Island

Christmas Island Angling Expectations

Kyle Schenk23rd May 2019
Airflo Spring Invitational 2019|Airflo Spring Invitational 2019|Airflo Spring Invitational 2019|Airflo Spring Invitational 2019|Airflo Spring Invitational 2019|Airflo Spring Invitational 2019|Airflo Spring Invitational 2019|Airflo Spring Invitational 2019|Airflo Spring Invitational 2019|Airflo Spring Invitational Champions|Airflo-Spring-Invitational-2019|Airflo Spring Invitational 2019

Airflo Spring Invitational Competition Report

Rob Edmunds21st May 2019
Fluorocarbon Lough Corrib Kieron Jenkins|Fluorocarbon Lough Corrib Kieron Jenkins||Fluorocarbon Lough Corrib Kieron Jenkins|Fluorocarbon Lough Corrib Kieron Jenkins|Fluorocarbon-Corrib

Masterclass Fluorocarbon Impresses at Lough Corrib!

Kieron Jenkins19th May 2019

How to tie the Mousey McMouseFace

Fly Fish Food17th May 2019
Fly Selections|Fly Selections|Fly Selections|Fly Selections|Fly Selections

A Beginner’s Guide to Fly Selection

James Garrettson15th May 2019

How to tie the Jingler Dry Fly

Fulling Mill9th May 2019
Bolivian Golden Dorado|Bolivian Golden Dorado|Bolivian Golden Dorado|Bolivian Golden Dorado|Bolivian Golden Dorado|Bolivian Golden Dorado

The Best Flies for Bolivian Golden Dorado

Katka Švagrová1st May 2019
Lake Olives|lake olives|Lake Olives Nymphs|||Lake Olives||lake olives|Lake Olives|lake olives

Fishing Wet flies for trout feeding on Lake Olives

Tom Doc26th April 2019
Masterclass Copolymer Review|Masterclass Copolymer Review|Masterclass Copolymer Review|Masterclass Copolymer Review

Fulling Mill Masterclass Copolymer Review

Simon Robinson23rd April 2019
Harrison Douds on Eyebrook|Harrison Douds on Eyebrook|Harrison Douds on Eyebrook|Harrison Douds on Eyebrook|Harrison Douds on Eyebrook

Harrison’s Recommended Flies for Eyebrook

Harrison Douds18th April 2019
Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass|Peacock Bass

Peacock Bass in Brazil | Fly Fishing Nation | Pt.3

Stephan Dombaj15th April 2019
Arapaima FFN|Arapaima FFN|Arapaima FFN|Arapaima FFN|Arapaima FFN|Arapaima FFN|Arapaima FFN|Arapaima FFN|Arapaima FFN|Arapaima FFN

Arapaima in Brazil | Fly Fishing Nation | Pt.2

Stephan Dombaj10th April 2019
Golden Dorado Cross|||Tsimane Hunting Fuji Velvia|dorado FFN p1|Tsimane Indian Hardening Arrow Shaft Ilford

Golden Dorado in Bolivia | Fly Fishing Nation | Pt.1

Stephan Dombaj9th April 2019
Rooster Fish|Rooster Fish|Rooster Fish|Rooster Fish|Rooster Fish|Rooster Fish|Rooster Fish|Rooster Fish|Rooster Fish

Fly Fishing for Rooster Fish with Katka Svagrova

Katka Švagrová5th April 2019
Springer Salmon|Springer Salmon|Springer Salmon|Springer Salmon Flies

Catching a Springer, What You Need to Know…

James Stokoe2nd April 2019
FM5105

FM5105: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight Black Nickel Barbless

Eric Kelley29th March 2019
Euro Nymphing|Euro Nymphing|Euro Nymphing

Euro Nymphing with John Newbury

John Newbury26th March 2019
Duckfly on Corrib|Duckfly on Corrib|Duckfly on Corrib|Duckfly on Corrib|Duckfly on Corrib|Duckfly on Corrib|

Fishing the Duckfly on The Corrib

Tom Doc13th March 2019
Beginners Guide To Stillwater Fly Fishing|Beginners Guide To Stillwater Fly Fishing|Beginners Guide To Stillwater Fly Fishing|Beginners Guide To Stillwater Fly Fishing|Beginners Guide To Stillwater Fly Fishing

Stillwater Trout Fishing Beginners Guide

Simon Robinson7th March 2019
Blob|Blob caught Trout|Blob caught Trout|Blob caught Trout

The Blob. The Success and Development of a deadly pattern…

Rob Edmunds25th February 2019
Ultimate Dry Fly Hook

FM5050: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry Fly Hook Barbless

Eric Kelley23rd February 2019
Pop Up Flies|Pop Up Flies|Pop Up Flies|Pop Up Flies|Pop Up Flies

Fishing with Pop Up Flies on Sinking Lines

Guido Vinck22nd February 2019
The-Dirty-Dozen|Dirty Dozen - Black Rubber Leg Stone|Dirty Dozen - Canon's Bunny Baetis|Dirty Dozen - Complex Twist Bugger Brown|Dirty Dozen - Double Wing Caddis|Dirty Dozen - Duracell Jig|Dirty Dozen - Greased Lightening|Dirty Dozen - Heisenberg White|Dirty Dozen - Micro Midge Cul|Dirty Dozen - Orange Head Mary|Dirty Dozen - Redneck Midge|Dirty Dozen - Spanish Quill Bullet|Dirty Dozen - The Squirminator

The Dirty Dozen for Pre-Runoff

James Garrettson19th February 2019
Tippet Material - Fulling Mill|Tippet Material - Worldclass|Tippet Material - Worldclass|

Tippet Material, Fluorocarbon or Co-Polymer?

Simon Robinson15th February 2019
Oregon|Oregon|Oregon|Oregon|Oregon|Oregon|Oregon|Oregon|Oregon|Oregon

Experience the Owyhee River, Oregon

Kyle Schenk9th February 2019
Top Saltwater Flies|Top Saltwater Flies|Top Saltwater Flies|Top Saltwater Flies|Top Saltwater Flies

What Saltwater Flies Do You Need?

Peter Mcleod8th February 2019
Emilie Björkman|Emilie Björkman|Emilie Björkman|Emilie Björkman

What to take on your next fishing trip?

Emilie Björkman1st February 2019
Fishing Deep with Boobies at Farmoor|Fishing Deep with Boobies at Farmoor|Fishing Deep with Boobies at Farmoor|Fishing Deep with Boobies at Farmoor|Fishing Deep with Boobies at Farmoor|Fishing Deep with Boobies at Farmoor

Fishing Deep with Boobies

Rob Edmunds30th January 2019
SalmonFly Fishing|SalmonFly Fishing|SalmonFly Fishing|SalmonFly Fishing|SalmonFly Fishing|SalmonFly Fishing|SalmonFly Fishing|SalmonFly Fishing

Salmonfly – Fishing the Warm Springs Reservation

Kyle Schenk29th January 2019
Steelhead tips|Steelhead tips|Steelhead tips

Steelhead Tips; 5 Things to remember…

Fulling Mill23rd January 2019

How to tie the Belly Flop Balanced Damsel

Curtis Fry22nd January 2019
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A Yucatan Adventure; Mexico

Alex Jardine22nd January 2019

How to tie the Baby Fat Minnow

Clark Pierce14th January 2019
Shake

Shake, Rattle and Roll – Fly Fishing for Tarpon

Peter Mcleod11th January 2019
Fulling Mill Fly Tying Factory|Fulling Mill Fly Tying Factory|Fulling Mill Fly Tying Factory|Fulling Mill Fly Tying Factory|Fulling Mill Fly Tying Factory|Fulling Mill Fly Tying Factory|Fulling Mill Fly Tying Factory

Visiting the Source

Nick Yardley10th January 2019
never stop learning|

Never Stop Learning…

Fulling Mill7th January 2019
Nymphing for Grayling||||||||||||Nymphing for Grayling|Nymphing for Grayling|Nymphing for Grayling

A Guide to Winter Nymphing for Grayling

Phil Ratcliffe3rd January 2019

How to tie the Wally Wing Callibaetis

Fly Fish Food28th December 2018
Duo fishing for Grayling|Duo fishing for Grayling|Duo fishing for Grayling|Duo fishing for Grayling|Duo fishing for Grayling|Duo fishing for Grayling|Duo fishing for Grayling|Duo fishing for Grayling|Duo fishing for Grayling|Duo fishing for Grayling|Duo fishing for Grayling

Dry Fly and Duo Fishing for Grayling

Ceri Thomas26th December 2018

How to tie the Foamerger Midge

Fly Fish Food24th December 2018
Alagnak River

The Alagnak River, My Alaskan Adventure

James Stokoe24th December 2018
Marble Trout Slovenia|Marble Trout Slovenia|Marble Trout Slovenia|Marble Trout Slovenia|Marble Trout Slovenia|Marble Trout Slovenia|Marble Trout Slovenia

Catching Marble Trout in Slovenia

Lisa Isles23rd December 2018

How to tie the Hot Pink Squirminator Jig

Fulling Mill22nd December 2018
Streamers|Streamers|Streamers|Streamers|Streamers|Streamers

Streamers – Winter Fishing Tactics

Eric Kelley21st December 2018
River Itchen|River Itchen|River Itchen|River Itchen|River Itchen|River Itchen|River Itchen|River Itchen|River Itchen

Yanks Abroad – A day on the River Itchen

Nick Yardley20th December 2018
Davie McPhail Classic Salmon Flies|Davie McPhail Classic Salmon Flies|Davie McPhail Classic Salmon Flies

Framed Davie McPhail Flies – AUCTION!

Fulling Mill19th December 2018
Atlantic-Salmon-Trust|

Atlantic Salmon Trust Update

Fulling Mill18th December 2018
Surface fishing for atlantic salmon

Surface Fishing for Atlantic Salmon

Peter Mcleod17th December 2018

Win these Davie McPhail Flies! Episode 5

Fulling Mill7th December 2018
Grayling-Flies-Top-6|Grayling-Flies-F-Fly|Grayling-Flies-Klinkhammer|Grayling-Flies-Olive|Grayling-Flies-Pink-Bomb|Grayling-Flies-Pink-Shrimp|Grayling-Flies-Spider|

Phil Ratcliffe’s Top 6 Grayling Flies for the River Severn

Phil Ratcliffe6th December 2018
FM5105

FM5105: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless

Fulling Mill4th December 2018
Wood is Good|Wood is Good|Wood is Good|Wood is Good

Wood is Good For Vermont’s Rivers and Fish

VT Nature Conservancy3rd December 2018
Sunray Shadow|Sunray Shadow|Sunray Shadow

The Sunray Shadow; versatility and simplicity personified

Steffan Jones30th November 2018
Fulling Mill Designer Davy Wotton|Fulling Mill Designer Davy Wotton

An inside look: Fulling Mill designer ‘Davy Wotton’ and what’s in his fly box?

Fulling Mill30th November 2018
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Win these Davie McPhail Flies! Episode 4

Fulling Mill29th November 2018
|FM2500 Bonio Carp Hook|

FM2500: Fulling Mill Bonio Carp Hook Barbless

Eric Kelley29th November 2018
How to tie a Snake Fly|How-to-tie-a-snake-fly

How to tie a Snake Fly

Fulling Mill23rd November 2018
Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall||Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall||Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall||Flies for the fall|Flies for the fall

Flies for the fall in the Wood River Valley

Fulling Mill22nd November 2018
Salmon Fishing River Ure|Philip Ellis Salmon Fishing River ure|Philip Ellis Salmon Fishing River ure|Philip Ellis Salmon Fishing River ure|Philip Ellis Salmon Fishing River ure|Philip Ellis Salmon Fishing River ure

Salmon fishing River Ure – The Rise of a Forgotten Giant

Philip Ellis15th November 2018

Win these Davie McPhail Flies! Episode 3

Fulling Mill15th November 2018
FM5085: Nymph Barbless Hook

FM5085: Fulling Mill Nymph Barbless Hook

Eric Kelley13th November 2018
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Fly Fishing as an Olympic Athlete

Fulling Mill12th November 2018
Killer Shrimp|trout feeding on killer shrimp||

Fishing for Trout feeding on Killer Shrimp

Rob Edmunds8th November 2018

Win these Davie McPhail Flies! Episode 2.

Fulling Mill7th November 2018
Curtis-Fry Fulling Mill Designer|Curtis-Fry Fulling Mill Designer

An inside look: Fulling Mill designer ‘Curtis Fry’ and what’s in his fly box?

Fulling Mill6th November 2018
FM5045 Jig Force Hook

FM5045: Fulling Mill Jig Force Hook

Eric Kelley5th November 2018
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“Skitt Fiske”….

Mark Taylor2nd November 2018
best back end Salmon Flies|best back end Salmon Flies|best back end Salmon Flies|best back end Salmon Flies

Are these the best back end Salmon Flies?

Craig McDonald1st November 2018

Win these Davie McPhail Flies! Episode 1.

Fulling Mill31st October 2018
Irish Fly Fair|Irish Fly Fair

Irish Fly Fair – Galway Bay Hotel – 10th & 11th November

Fulling Mill30th October 2018

Randolph Dam Removal

Fulling Mill30th October 2018
Tim-Flagler-FM-fly-designer|

An inside look: Fulling Mill designer ‘Tim Flagler’ and what’s in his fly box?

Fulling Mill29th October 2018
Sea-Trout-Surface-Lures|Sea-Trout-Surface-Lures

Sea Trout Surface Lures; Striking the Perfect Balance

Steffan Jones25th October 2018
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Fishing the Deschutes in the Ultimate Hatch

Chris Joosen24th October 2018
Super Grub Hook|FM1160|FM1160|FM1160|FM1160|FM1160|FM1160|FM1160|FM1160

FM1160: Fulling Mill Super Grub Hook

Eric Kelley23rd October 2018
Instagram|Al & Will Peake Instagram|Denis Isbister Instagram|Derek Olthuis Instagram|Emilie Bjorkman Instagram||Hilary Huctheson Instagram|Jako Lukas Instagram|James Stokoe Instagram|Josh Diller Instagram|Josh Hutchins Instagram|JT Van Zandt Instagram|Katka Svagrova Instagram|Landon Mayer Instagram||Meredith Mccord Instagram|Paula Shearer Instagram|Sigve Urne Instagram|The Fly Fishing Nation Instagram

The Sweet 16 Instagram Accounts You Have to Follow

Fulling Mill19th October 2018
fishing in the Adirondacks|fishing in the Adirondacks|fishing in the Adirondacks|fishing in the Adirondacks|fishing in the Adirondacks|fishing in the Adirondacks|fishing in the Adirondacks

High Summer fishing in the Adirondacks for Trout

Rachel Finn18th October 2018
daddy hog||||daddy hog

Fishing the Fulling Mill Daddy Hog

Kevin Porteous16th October 2018

On Sundays…

Fulling Mill16th October 2018
flyvines|flyvines|flyvines|flyvines

Flyvines. What, Where, When and How?

Fulling Mill16th October 2018
trout feeding on killer shrimp

How to tie the Fulling Mill Killer Shrimp

Fulling Mill12th October 2018
Klementovich-20170708-_JCK4426||||||||||

Dartmouth Land Grant and Brook Trout

Joe Klementovich11th October 2018
Clark Cheech Pierce|Clark Cheech Pierce|Clark Cheech Pierce

An inside look: Fulling Mill designer ‘Cheech’ and what’s in his fly box?

Fulling Mill10th October 2018
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Targeting Fry Feeders this Autumn

Rob Edmunds8th October 2018
Mousey McMouse Face

Mouse Fishing! The best of Kamchatka…

Denis Isbister8th October 2018
Traditional Wet Flies Fulling Mill|Wet Flies Fulling Mill|Wet Flies Fulling Mill|Wet Flies Fulling Mill|Wet Flies Fulling Mill|Wet Flies Fulling Mill|Wet Flies Fulling Mill|Wet Flies Fulling Mill|Wet Flies Fulling Mill

Ceri Thomas’s Top 6 Fulling Mill Traditional Wet Flies of 2018

Ceri Thomas27th September 2018
Late summer salmon fishing

Struggling to Catch a Salmon? Try these Late Summer Salmon Tactics

Craig Fleming29th August 2018
Sight fishing for grayling

Want to try sight fishing for Grayling on Chalkstreams?

Fulling Mill21st August 2018
dry fly fishing for grayling

Downstream Dry Fly Fishing for Grayling – Do you prefer it?

Guido Vinck1st August 2018
pike fishing flies

Pike Fishing Flies and Wire Traces from FM – New for 2018

Fulling Mill27th July 2018
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Bristol Bay Trout Opener

Denis Isbister16th July 2018
Itchy Trigger

Itchy Trigger hits Providence Atoll, Seychelles

Peter Mcleod12th July 2018
Summer Time Reservoir Fishing

5 Top Tips on Summer Time Reservoir Fishing

Kieron Jenkins2nd July 2018
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Mr&Mrs – fly fishing date

Jessica Isbister27th June 2018
low-water-salmon-flies

6 of the best Low Water Salmon Flies

Craig Fleming25th June 2018

World Fishing Day – An Almighty Task

Fulling Mill20th June 2018
summer evening fishing

Summer Evening Fishing – Top 6 Trout Flies

Simon Robinson18th June 2018

A new trout fishery in Northern France

Guido Vinck4th June 2018
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Situk Steelhead

Denis Isbister4th June 2018
essential river flies

Simon Robinson’s 6 essential river flies for 2018

Simon Robinson29th May 2018

Spring Stillwater Fishing and the Wessex Water Challenge

Charles Jardine21st May 2018
Salmon Fishing in Late Spring

Top Tips to catch more Salmon through Late Spring

Craig Fleming14th May 2018
leader material

Have confidence in your leader material

George Barron10th May 2018
Mayday Mayfly

Mayday. Mayday. Mayday! Mayfly are coming…

Tom Doc1st May 2018
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One for the ages – Spring Creek PA

Fulling Mill30th April 2018
New Masterclass Fluorocarbon Review

New Masterclass Fluorocarbon Review by Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson23rd April 2018
Stokoe Shrimps

Stokoe Shrimps; The Design and Development.

James Stokoe13th April 2018
buzzer fishing

How to Fish Buzzers

Rob Edmunds10th April 2018
Salmon fishing tips

Essential Salmon Fishing Tips for the Coming Season

Sandy Datta4th April 2018
Snake flies

Snake Flies – The development and success…

Rob Edmunds27th March 2018
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Balanced Leeches and Big Cutthroat

Patrick Kissel22nd March 2018
Masterclass Fluorocarbon Chew Valley Trout

Testing the New Masterclass Fluorocarbon at Chew Valley

Kieron Jenkins19th March 2018
specimen trout

Early Season River Fly Fishing Tips and Techniques

Simon Robinson12th March 2018
tube fly box

The New Fulling Mill Tube Fly Box Reviewed

Phil Ratcliffe5th March 2018
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Alternative methods for Winter fishing

Eric Kelley4th March 2018

The Belizian Ghost

Katka Švagrová2nd March 2018
6 essential dry flies

6 Essential dry flies for the entire River Season

Fred Bainbridge23rd February 2018
fishing in ireland

Early Season trout fishing on the Loughs of Ireland

Tom Doc19th February 2018

Guido Vinck’s Favourite Reservoir Winter Fly Patterns

Guido Vinck12th February 2018
lake fly boxes

Lake fly boxes – What to have and how to keep them organised

Guido Vinck7th February 2018
size 18 jig hooks

Fulling Mill Size 18 Jig Hook Review

Simon Robinson31st January 2018
Flies for springers

Flies for Springers – Early Season Essentials

Craig Fleming29th January 2018
Giant Trevally Nyap

Giant Trevally of Astove Atoll with Fulling Mill’s NYAP

Fulling Mill23rd January 2018
Washing line method

Washing Line Method – Are you being strung out?

Rob Edmunds22nd January 2018
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Cheesman fashion

Anthony Marrese20th January 2018
stocked rainbow trout

Catching Stocked Rainbow Trout on Buzzers

Lisa Isles16th January 2018
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Favorite Flies from this past season

Eric Kelley13th January 2018
new pike flies paul clydesdale

New Pike Flies from Fulling Mill Ambassador, Paul Clydesdale.

Fulling Mill10th January 2018
Guides Fly Selection

A Fly Selection Fit For A Guide: 10 Must-Have Grayling Flies

Andy Buckley8th January 2018
Gotcha Bonefish

Davie McPhail ties the Gotcha Bonefish Fly

Fulling Mill1st January 2018
catch-more-fish-on-Small-waters

Top Tips to catch more fish on Small Waters in Winter

Simon Robinson24th December 2017

Davie McPhail ties the Fulling Mill 2017 best-selling Fly Pattern

Fulling Mill15th December 2017
fly fishing gift ideas fulling mill

8 Fly Fishing Gift Ideas for the Fanatic Fly Angler

Fulling Mill12th December 2017
winter grayling

Simon Robinson’s Top Tips for Winter Grayling

Simon Robinson11th December 2017
George Barron Fly Tying Blog

How to best dress wet flies – George Barron

George Barron5th December 2017
New stillwater fly patterns

The Evolution of new Still Water fly patterns – Rob Edmunds

Rob Edmunds27th November 2017
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Trigger tactics!

Fulling Mill25th November 2017
Fly fishing tips for beginners

Top 6 Reservoir Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners

Guido Vinck21st November 2017
fly fishing Bosnia

Fly Fishing Bosnia, the Aardvark Mcleod Experience.

Phil Ratcliffe13th November 2017
Late season salmon fishing

Late season Salmon fishing, the last cast of 2017.

Craig Fleming10th November 2017
catch more grayling this winter

A quick guide to help you Catch more Grayling this Winter

Kieron Jenkins6th November 2017
Dry fly fishing on the river San

Drag free drifts – Dry fly fishing on the River San

Lisa Isles31st October 2017
Pike fly fishing

Dougie’s Beginners guide to Pike fly fishing

Dougie Loughridge25th October 2017
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River Itchen Madness!

Eric Kelley23rd October 2017

Providence & Farquhar Atoll update from Peter McLeod

Peter Mcleod17th October 2017

Fly Fishing in New Zealand, Essential Fly Patterns.

Alex Jardine12th October 2017

Targeting Trout feeding on Killer Shrimp at Grafham Water

Rob Edmunds6th October 2017
fly fishing trips abroad

6 Tips on Preparing for Fly Fishing Trips Abroad

Lisa Isles3rd October 2017
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Floating the Colorado River

Fulling Mill29th September 2017
seabass range 9326

Fulling Mill Seabass Range produces Brighton Bass

Fulling Mill28th September 2017
Fishing Fry Patterns

5 Top tips for Fishing Fry Patterns on Stillwaters

Fulling Mill26th September 2017
autumn salmon fulling mill

Autumm Salmon, fly fishing for the Silver Tourist.

Craig Fleming15th September 2017

Fry Feeders at Draycote Water

David Hoppe11th September 2017
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Kelley Stand’s Native Brookies

Shawn Hayes-Costello11th September 2017
Zelda Salmon Fly

The History of the Zelda Salmon Fly

Fulling Mill4th September 2017
rainbow trout in france

Rainbow Trout Fishing in France, the Malaguet, a hidden Gem.

Guido Vinck2nd September 2017
specimen trout

3 top tips on catching specimen trout from a river…

Kieron Jenkins29th August 2017
Summer Salmon

Unconventional methods for Summer Salmon

Craig Fleming9th August 2017
Fulling Mill Fluorocarbon

Simon Robinson’s 5 Reasons to use Fulling Mill Fluorocarbon

Simon Robinson8th August 2017
Los Roques

Catching Bonefish and Big Tarpon – Los Roques

Barry Unwin3rd August 2017
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Beating the heat

Eric Kelley3rd August 2017

Fulling Mill UV Resin for Fly Tying

Fulling Mill26th July 2017
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Going deep!

Denis Isbister25th July 2017
Barbless River Flies

Top 10 Barbless River flies for this Summer

Guido Vinck18th July 2017
Carp on the fly

Carp Fly Fishing Tactics

Phil Ratcliffe14th July 2017
Rutland Water

The Special Trout of Rutland Water

Rob Waddington9th July 2017
How to tie a Snake Fly|How-to-tie-a-snake-fly

The Snake Fly Generation?

Rob Edmunds3rd July 2017
Fly fishing for Sea Bass

Fly Fishing for European Sea Bass in Northern Brittany

Philippe Dolivet30th June 2017
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The Meal Ticket

Fulling Mill28th June 2017
7 top tips on wet fly fishing

7 Top Tips on Wet Fly Fishing for Wild Brown Trout

Ceri Thomas26th June 2017

FM Competition Heavyweight Barbless Hooks Review

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9th December 2015
Stephan Dombaj
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JUNGLE TARPON DIARIES – COSTA RICA (NOV.2015)

Our scouts and media crews have always been extremely fond of Costa Rica. Despite the early stories of Solid Adventures founder Christer Sjöberg who has fished the ocean side tarpon fisheries at their early high times, the land and people itself are intriguing enough to spend some extra time sightseeing. Bear in mind that Costa Rica just recently fell back to the 2nd rank of the overall well-being list in the world (Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index). Even though the exciting high days of the ocean fisheries both on the Costa Rican & Nicaraguan side were seemingly over, new fisheries have evolved… some of them with a greater potential than ever. Combining both lagoon and river fishing for max 4 anglers and virtually no fishing pressure, this is exactly what brought us to San Jose, once again. 

Already in April 2015, our local Costa Rica Manager Tom Enderlin, had exciting news about the Jungle Tarpon project. His tireless efforts to scout the area and fisheries to provide the best possible setup with a low-impact sustainable fishing operation had turned out to be ready for a field-test. The countdown clocks were set to November 2015.

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The group, consisting out of Vadim from Belarus, Marius from Lithuania and the three Solid Adventures reps. Rickard, Tom and Stephan finally met in the outskirts of San Jose to discuss the tactics over a solid Steak and some bottles of red wine. Partly to cheer the multi national group up because the weather forecast and the water situation had gone from promising to grim in a flash….

Just as much as El Nino influences our southern most Operation, Estancia Las Buitreras, with a strong and humid season, it effects the north too. Typically in the opposite direction offering a substantial lack of water. The sparse rain will then mud up the low water hence making it more or less unfishable. To make a long story short, Tom lowered his expectations during the picturesque early morning ride from San Jose to the Lodge, saying that he had never seen the rivers and lagoons as low as they were right at the moment. Little did we know that his grim predictions would still mean sport beyond our imagination.

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Even before the last bags were unloaded around noon, the gear was rigged up and the entire group was dying to see the river. The predestined boat pick-up point in a lagoon right behind the cabins was too dry to enter or exit, as the water had dropped around 2 Meters compared to the previous week. A 5 minute car ride to the little landing dock in the village solved the problem, we split up on two pangas style boats and we were ready to go. Having seen a fair share of tarpon fisheries around the globe, the water conditions looked anything but promising. To our surprise, the boat stopped already after ten minutes going upstream. Boat No.2 dropped the anchor in the middle of the river. No time for foreplay, a triple digit tarpon showed it’s massive fin, patrolling and tailing all along the shallow bank, almost like a gigantic Permit showing it’s whole tail from time to time! The dumbstruck faces in our boat pretty much told the story and we immediately decided to dump Stephan on the bank with a camera to document the scene…

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The versatility of this place not only provides an exciting fishery with many various facets, it also comes handy in adverse water and weather conditions. Lagoons all along the section of the river feed the main system with dark but clear water in case the river water level drops or muds up. These junctions turned out to be very productive hot spots. The constant flow of water washed the sardines out of the lagoons and the tarpon would stack up where the clear water mixed up with the colored river water. Despite the low visibility, the tarpon would absolutely crush the small baitfish and the flies. Surprisingly, dark flies or flies with a lot of flash didn’t really trigger reaction strikes – bright but subtle colors worked and moved a lot of fish. The first half a day session got us an overview over the area, as a matter of fact both boats would count bites but no landed fish. We saw tailing tarpon, fish hunting in packs pushing baitfish against the river bank, rolling fish and basically any type of tarpon behavior you can think of.

The filming from the bank sparked the idea of hooking one of these fish right off the bank with a crab imitation – these thoughts would stay with us for the entire trip, and especially Stephan had a hard time letting this idea go! There was even an incident where Rick woke up at 3 in the morning with a dirty sock in his face and a smiling Stephan across the room wanting to discuss the potential of hooking a monster from the bank. Stephan would get his chance though…

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The group started our first full day with a little more visibility in the water that resulted in the first pack of landed fish. After changing from black to brighter flies, we would immediately connect to the fish. The mix of river fishing and swinging the fly into the hot areas and pockets whilst maintaining full tension every single second, was an interesting mix that demands full focus. Some of these fish will not turn right away, some of them will just lip it while others shoot directly towards the boat. The almost claustrophobic sensation of the lush jungle that is full of life, a river merely the size of a trout river and big silver bodies breaking the surface as they roll or hunt is mesmerizing enough. If you happen to jump one both the visuals and the acoustics on close quarters are unheard of. In fact, we would estimate the first jumped fish much bigger than it actually was – during the course of the week, we would get the idea of the real size and true monsters. They simple look much bigger and intimidating when they do their show up close and in front of a lush wall of green that echoes all the sounds. While Rick and Stephan were very happy to start it considerably slow with some 45-55lb fish, a couple of trout sets and the mandatory bullying that comes with it, Vadim had no time to loose. His contagious smile walking up the landing dock would tell the victorious story, but only the measurements confirmed his first fish to weight in at a whopping 150lb.

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A big fish by any means, a normal fish according to the local guide who never doubted a second that we would touch fish in-spite of the water conditions. 

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Triple digit tailing tarpon (Stephan’s own words on an unusual tarpon tumble)

The pace was set and the group kept it that way. Day No.3 started with a bang as I got the first real shot at the tailing fish off the bank. While Rick swung the fly across the school from the boat, I asked to be dropped off at the shore to swing the fly into the cutbank rather than the other way around. The first couple of casts with an andino diver didn’t really hit the nerve. Around 3 meters away from the bank, another big fish started to tail. The entire group marvelled about this very phenomena on the dinner the night before. Although we could never see crabs or other cretaceous animals ourselves, the locals would re-affirm that they do indeed tail for crabs. According to them, they blast some water into the cavities on the bank to wash them out. For some reason, I had a pair of Fulling mill 6/0 GT crabs with me – way bigger and a lot more hook than I usually fish for tarpon but good enough to see if they eat crabs indeed. The tailing turned into a periodic appearance and the fish showed more frequently. I placed the fly a couple of meters upstream to drift it right into the area. Just like I would czech nymph a jig, I high-sticked the rod to feed it some line. My eyes watched the tail gently moving with the current, trying to spot an unnatural twitch or tweak that would indicate a bite. The fish went deep as the fly approached. Before I saw the swirl, the line stopped and moved upstream… That fish had just collected it, like a candy really. The line went tight and a quick jab buried the hook into the right corner of it’s mouth – I could tell, because as soon as I came tight to the fish, it went ballistic! After the first attempt to keep up with the fish that bolted upstream like crazy, only a jump into the boat would save me from getting spooled. Unlike all the other fish that moved into the deeper part of the river after the first set of violent jumps so one could but the hurting on, this fish swam right through every piece of wood there was on his path approx. 1Km up the river. On two occasions, we had to go around the tree to get the line with the anchor, cut it and splice it back together. I couldn’t believe that the fish was still on after my first attempts to dive after him in the muddy floods… Ultimately, it stayed on, never chewed through the Hatch 80lb Fluorocarbon leader. Quick measurement would put this beast at 100-110lb into the books… and just like all other fish, a scale-sample to the good guys from the bonefish and Tarpon trust. Boat No.2 landed another fish meanwhile, which already took the pressure off as everybody had at least one landed fish on the score list.
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Vadim’s Monster No.2

As the week proceeded the water level fluctuated quite a bit but the pulses of water would never render the fishing grounds unfishable. More fish had been hooked, jumped and landed – some of them off the bank again. Finally when the water came up and cleared a little, bigger numbers of fish started to move upstream into the lagoons. The push of fresh water on top clearly shuffled the deck and the bite was on! Vadim returned back to his favorite place where he had subdued the biggest fish of the trip already. With this confidence boost he went back… and the rest is history: The history of his biggest tarpon in his impressive career of chasing big fish on the flyrod around the globe. Luckily we had a camera running when the boat came back way after dark. We were already popping some brews when a text message informed us that Vadim had connected with a true monster. The fish was leadered after one hour of battle. They could get an estimated lenght/Girth of it before they popped the leader on it. With a fork length just above 200cm this fish weights in at 180-200lb. Another type of animal really and the stark example of what we signed up for in this jungle. Some more big fish up to 160lb were played and lost during the week. A bunch of smaller fish up to 70lb made it to the boat and were sampled – but nothing close to the monster that Vadim had landed. Having that said, fish of that size and even bigger would roll frequently in some of the deep spots. We are talking fish as wide as both of Rick’s legs next to each other (certainly wider that Stephan’s legs). in mind that the conditions were still anything but in our favor.

LAGOONS

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During the end of the week, we had the first realistic shots at lagoon tarpon. The push of water had finally risen the river above the lagoon water level and the outflow into the river was reverted. A lot of water was streaming now into the big bodies of stillwater and the tarpon followed to feast on the abundant sardines. Initially quite erratic as single fish would dart from one top end to another to check out what these lagoons look like. After a while they were on the baitfish where they would just hoover through like a vacuum cleaner. Especially in the early mornings, the fish would patrol the weed line for baitfish. A bigger, colorful but un-weighted fly that intercepted them was violently trashed – pretty much every time you got it in front of an active fish. It also resulted in a bunch of head-out-of-the-water takes right towards you and the boat. On this particular morning Stephan had just presented his fly to a random movement in the water, maybe 5 meters away from our position when this exact thing happened. Out of nowhere this gigantic tarpon head comes flying out of the water, mouth open and shaking like a tuned up tumbler and the whole jungle went silent! No more howler monkeys yelling, no more birds singing, no nothing. Just absolute silence and then this dinosaur shaking its armor sounding like a flushing airplane toilet!

Stephan kept his cool though (officially he did), managed to keep on stripping, and even had an attempt at a hook set. Rightfully, the fish jumped away from the boat and spit the fly back at Stephan and Rick. The fly missed Stephan by an inch and found some soft flesh on Rick’s butt. Luckily for him Stephan didn’t hook set again even though the adrenaline levels were pretty high at that moment…

Although the barb never really made it in all the way, Rick was in for a vendetta. Last day: We arrived before sunrise, fueled by excitement and the first cup of arabica coffee that filled the air with it’s pleasant aroma. A day created to take shots of leaping monsters in a placid lagoon. The 11 weight Meridian was rigged up with a full floating line and a longer leader to be as stealthy as one can possibly be with an 11weight. The distant sound of a thousand birds, monkeys and jungle creatures tuned in with the rhythmic gentle gurgling of the push pole bringing us closer to the feeding areas. Every now and then, a silver back would break the mercury surface and the low pitch sounds that every tarpon angler know would electrify every follicle on your skin. Goosebumps. After one fish that followed all the way up to the boat, Rick placed a good cast well ahead of a rolling fish. The camera was rolling and it came tight after a bunch of strips – the music of a strip strike, played on a bass guitar string that is zipping into the horizon. The fish leaped into the rising morning sun and we decided to turn the camera into still photography mode to capture the long shadows and harsh contrast of the warm morning light. A solid 70lb fish was sampled and released that morning. What a perfect beginning of our last day. 2 more fish that morning finished the trip of with another stark impression of what the river would be like if the conditions were good. Of course we will find it out… next season. It must be mental, and just to give us an idea, Tom kept us up to date after we had left. A single client managed to get 60 bites in half a week! 60! His week reports will fill these pages here soon. Till then, We hope you enjoy these short clips and images.

AH1A8038webOver the course of the week we would sample various local restaurants and diners al gusto. Fresh local ingredients, good food and cold beer we would find in all of them. Especially the local garfish as well as the rainbow bass hit the taste of our anglers. All in all a very pleasant way to get into the local rhythm. Every fishing week of course needs a proper fish-fry or BBQ, which is held at the lodge. Fishing stories, cigars, tackle discussions and drinks are a mandatory side dish!

See you on the water

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