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Fly Fishing in East Germany

Flyrus Fly Fishing22nd November 2019
Brown Trout

Get The Most Out Of Your Next Guided Fly Fishing Trip

Sean Platt15th November 2019

International Friendship FlyFishing Marathon

Guido Vinck11th November 2019
FM Anchor Collection

The 2020 Fulling Mill Anchor Collection

James Garrettson2nd November 2019
paul clydesdale pike

Pike Fishing ‘On The Drop’

Paul Clydesdale31st October 2019
Jig Hook Header Image

Fulling Mill Jig Hook – Product Review

Phillippa Hake29th October 2019

Fly Fishing for Pollock!

Flyrus Fly Fishing24th October 2019

Top 10 Permit Flies from Peter McLeod!

Peter Mcleod23rd October 2019

The 10th Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show 2019

Fulling Mill22nd October 2019

The Kanektok River with Dave Duncan and Sons

Kyle Schenk17th October 2019

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

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25th February 2019
Rob Edmunds
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The “Blob or Blob Booby” is a pattern that evokes strong feelings and emotions in almost every fly fisherman. It’s a “Marmite” fly that you either love or hate there is really no middle ground. However one thing that cannot be disputed is its effectiveness at catching trout on any water from small still waters to the largest reservoirs – both grown on resident fish and recent stock fish fall for it’s charms,  it’s a “Must Have” pattern for all anglers and it just wont go away.

I’d like to use this opportunity to provide you with a brief history of the pattern, to explain it’s origins dating back to the early 1990’s to it’s present day forms. Patterns and materials have changed significantly and so have attitudes towards the fly. It’s now mainstream and accepted by all – even those old school competition anglers that once frowned upon the early examples of the pattern have a few modern blobs and boobies tucked away in their fly boxes!

Contrary to poplar belief the original orange blob was called “Tango” after the soft drink TV commercials in the 1990’s. A big bold and brash pattern it was first used by Lee Henfrey in matches on Draycote, Eyebrook and Rutland back in the early 1990’s to devastating effect. As it was so effective he kept the pattern totally secret for a number of years, not revealing it to anyone other than his closest ACA team mates who were also sworn to secrecy.

I was first introduced to the pattern in the spring of 1996 at Rutland Water; Dave “Curly” Docherty and I were fishing at the top of the North Arm along with 6 other boats. Everyone else appeared to be fishing nymphs and catching the occasional fish. Dave declared that he was going to fish a new pattern that he had acquired from an unknown Scottish angler who had recently visited the Midlands and been very successful on Draycote after being given a local pattern. I have honestly never witnessed a fly make such a difference. It was amazing there were often 2 or 3 fish trying to take his fly on every cast, they had simply never seen anything like it before and we knew we had something very special. I enquired as to the tying and was told it’s basically just “a big Blob of fritz on a hook”… and the common name was spawned.

I began using the pattern in matches along with my team mates, and it’s fair to say it changed the way we fished and how we were perceived by an older generation of established competition anglers.

At the time Martin Introna captained an inexperienced team of young local anglers, Craig & Iain Barr, Rob Edmunds, Richard Hearth and Chris Churm on the competition circuit under the team name of “Rutland Kingfishers”. A Coral Blob with an orange hackle that we nicknamed “Captain Scarlet” soon became our number one fly and we enjoyed some impressive results establishing ourselves on the competition circuit.

In 1998 With 4 of the team still teenagers we went on to win the House of Hardy English Final and the International Final by pulling a Coral Blob at high speed, never had such a young team won a major international fly-fishing event, it was unprecedented and it caused ripples within the competition circuit. The term “Yobs with Blobs” was coined by a national newspaper and the fly immediately developed a poor image. Simply because many of the older competition anglers wanted the pattern banned as it was not seen as traditional or imitative fly-fishing. Although young we were not Yobs, but I accept we were different from the majority of competition fly anglers at the time in that we were young, working class with a strong desire to win, and a very competitive edge. We no longer just turned up to matches like many teams for a social event we practised hard, wanted to win and approached every match in a diligent professional manner.

The blob worked because it was like no other pattern in use at the time, it provided an intense hit of colour, it’s bulky profile in the water created disturbance and pulled the fish to the cast as vibrations were felt along their lateral line.  However I firmly believe that Blobs are basically updated versions of “traditional patterns” for example traditional wet flies such as a Claret Bumble, Oakhams Orange or Kate Mclaren etc, are all heavily palmered and are designed to be pulled to create a disturbance. In truth they are no different to a blob. It’s also worth highlighting that when pulling flies the anglers “work rate” is increased as you are covering more water with your casts and retrieve (compared to when fishing slowly) – you are not waiting for the fish to come to you – It is a method better suited to young, fit anglers as it is physically demanding over long periods of time.

By 2001 in was noticeable to me that the effectiveness of the orange blob was diminishing slightly, everyone was now using the pattern on the competition circuit and the fish had wised up to a certain extent due to angling pressure.  I had to find something different and so came up with the original two tone cocktail blob or the “Tequila Blob” so called because it looked like a tequila sunrise cocktail – this again proved highly effective and is still the number one Blob pattern on the competition circuit.

To be effective when fishing blobs and pulling lures you must master “the hang” in some instances it will account for 80% of your days catch. Line markers allow us to control our lines and effectively fish the hang. this is especially useful as we have developed methods and now realise that blobs and micro fritz boobies can be just as effective when fished static or ultra slow – especially on spooky or pressured fish.

The Hang & Line markers

A line marker is just bright thread or floss (or a  1″ dab of tip -ex) whipped onto the fly line and superglued at approximately 13ft from the braided loop, it allows the angler to know exactly how much line he has out of the rod tip ring, when to hang and when to lift off.

The hang is simply a pause at the end of your retrieve in which you try and induce a following fish into taking your fly. As you can’t see underwater it’s essential to imagine what your flies are doing, is there a fish following etc… most anglers that fish from boats will be using a 9ft6 or 10ft fly rod so a line marker at 13ft is generally appropriate.

When the line marker hits your tip ring get ready, this is the most important part of the cast. You should not just lift off and recast or just hold the flies motionless in the water… just hanging… as the fish will often swim round then and then off  without taking them.

You must induce the take – get the fish to take the fly so bounce the rod tip a little, dibble the flies in the water – the hesitant fish can be made to take the fly.

A good pair of polarised glasses will allow you will see any take before you feel it, but as soon as you feel any resistance strike firmly. I use the top dropper as an indicator, if you see your top dropper go sideways, dip or disappear again strike firmly. Do not just lift into the fish or you will loose it as the rod will absorb the take and you won’t set the hook… it’ll be on for 3-4 secs then off.

Also remember to watch your leader line and braided loop, if it suddenly straightens, moves etc, STRIKE.

Blob caught Trout

Changes to Blobs and Materials

Materials have improved significantly in the last 5 years and make a huge difference to a pattern. Why do you think that the top competition anglers insist on certain products sourcing them from all over the country and then buying in bulk? It’s simply that they know the best materials make a huge difference to the effectiveness of flies and their overall catch rate,  it gives them a distinct advantage.

To most anglers “Fritz” is still just a generic material, a type of modern day chenille used in fly tying that comes in a range of different sizes and colours. The general assumption is that 15mm Orange Fritz is all pretty much the same, it doesn’t really matter what brand you choose as “Fritz is Fritz” as I’ve been told on many occasions, and it’s only the price and packaging that varies.

Nothing could be further from the truth – the changes in modern fly-tying materials are probably as great as the move from glass to carbon fibre in rod building.

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The Cat Booby taking a fish from Chew Valley Reservoir

Fritz first came on the market in the late 1980’s as “cactus chenille” or “estaz” at the time it was a modern material and undoubtedly updated many old traditional patterns that only used fur or natural feathers – it provided an instant makeover.

However things have again changed dramatically, this old style fritz is bulky and can often mask the hook and gape so reducing the amount of positive hook-ups from takes, it lacks the intense colours now demanded by top match anglers that actually induce the take from the fish, it’s also lot less mobile in the water and doesn’t form the all important teardrop shape when pulled.

The main reasons for these failings are the fine nylon filaments in the fritz, it bulks out the material, reduces movement as they are stiff and they don’t dye exceptionally well, meaning that colours aren’t as bright and vivid as they can be – patterns tied with these materials will obviously work but just not as effectively – I think it’s worth pointing out that most fly-tying materials were originally produced for another market (ie clothing materials). They are mainstream because shrewd fly-tying manufacturers and retailers recognised that the product could also be used in fly-tying without much if any effort.

However things have changed –  a number of smaller independent companies are quietly revolutionising fly-tying materials. Businesses that actually understand what anglers want, and why, and as a result are making better quality products specifically for the fly-tying market.

A material has recently revolutionised patterns on the competition circuit It’s called “ FNF Jelly Fritz”  or ” FNF Block Jelly Fritz” it was created by the well known and successful Scottish International angler Kevin Porteous – his materials are designed and manufactured specifically for fly-fishing rather than being a cast off or by product from another industry. As an international angler he competes at an elite level and recognises exactly what is demanded in a material and how current products on the market could be vastly improved.

He has, in my opinion, improved Fritz beyond all recognition and produces simply the best product anywhere on the market, a micro core is now used in his products so making it thinner, fibres are bonded to the core making them more resilient and the range of colours available mind blowing.

His FNF Fritz itself uses a thinner fibre allowing him to add more fibres to the actual material but keeping the same density. The more fibres there are, the more cut edges you have that allow the fluorescence of light and colour, and more importantly he has managed to dispense with the supporting nylon fibre that bulks out the fritz. He is producing a material that is more supple, visibly brighter with more movement – it ticks all the boxes as a designer of flies and as an angler I can personally vouch for it’s effectiveness and will use nothing else.

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Block Jelly Smelly Booby producing the goods!

Contrast is very important, look at the most successful lures of all time the Viva, Cats Whisker, Tequila blob etc… – they all have one thing in common  – distinct changes of bright bold colours and contrast, Modern fritz allows you to create some wonderful bright contrasting colour schemes and potentially the next generation of classic patterns.

In short, modern FNF fritz is very easy to tie with, it sits well on the hook creating a slimmer, perfectly proportioned brighter and more mobile pattern that doesn’t mask the hook point even when using smaller hooks.  It definitely catches you more fish, the price difference per fly is minimal we are talking pence so it’s a very easy change to justify as the benefits are so great.

To put it bluntly do you think any products made in the 1980’s are better than today’s current versions?

I re-tied all of my competition patterns in 2017 as I felt it was essential as a serious competitive angler to have the best flies available, I re-evaluated the design and dressings using only the best hooks and materials. Ensuring that the dressing is in proportion, that the gape or point of the hook is not obscured in any way by fritz or other materials, or if so is the  fritz of sufficient quality to allow the material to sweep back when wet creating a teardrop shape.

The new range of Fulling Mill blobs and blob boobies are stunning, they are direct copies of my actual competition patterns brighter and bolder than all others available, they make a visual statement to the fish and will undoubtedly increase your catch rate whether a pleasure angler of serious competition angler. The new patterns, and many of the older patterns which are still super effective, have all been produced with the range of FNF fritz and they’re eye-wateringly bright colours – 100% the best competition patterns on the market in 2019. Don’t settle for cast offs anymore insist on the best commercially tied patterns available.

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Some of the new FM range of Blobs and Boobies tied with FNF Fritz

As a competition angler I couldn’t be without the following patterns in both blob and booby form:-

Cocktail “Tequila” Blob (Orange & Yellow)

Ham & Cheese Blob  (Yellow & Pink)

The Smelly Booby (Coral and Orange)

Orange Blob

Sunburst Blob

 
 
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