Now generally speaking I like Vision fly fishing gear and there are many positive reviews of their products on my blog. However I'm not keen on the Vision Sprinter wading boots. There are some plus points to them and only one major drawback but for me it's a deal breaker.
So on the plus side the boots are very comfortable (they seem to have an abundance of spongy padding), fairly light, surprisingly supportive (for a low cut boot) and well made. So lots of good stuff.
But they take absolutely ages to dry, During the winter they take weeks, literally weeks, to dry and in the summer they take several days to dry, even in direct sun. Now this may not be a problem for the occasional angler but I'm out at least a few times a week and want gear that dries quickly, to minimise transfer of invasive species. All that padding just doesn't dry, and wet boots not only have the potential to carry bad things but also have a certain unpleasant odour! So I've got myself a pair of Redington Prowler boots. I'll review them after I've put them through their paces.
I spent a very pleasant day out on the river yesterday. My client had never fly fished a river before so has booked a few lessons to learn some basic river casting and fishing skills.
He did well and caught several fish, all on dry flies. I really good result considering the river is down on it's bones.
It's always good to get a photo of lamprey when you see a couple. These were at the top end of the Dee
A stunning river Dee brown trout caught on a size 20 Pale Watery pattern and returned to fight another day.
For quite some time I've been looking at various fly tying vices. There are so many out there the choice is overwhelming.
My old vice frustrates the hell out of me. The jaws are adjusted by a screw that draws them into a collet. it's okay if I was tying loads of flies on the same size hook, but that's not what I do. I'm constantly changing the hook size so have to fiddle about to adjust the jaws each time, a really rubbish system.
I've been using the Regal Medallion for a couple of months and it is stonkingly good and so easy to use it allows me to tie flies quicker, it's has made me realise how time consuming my old vice was.
The Regal Medallion is a side lever vice so no adjustment needed, ever, brilliant! Okay it isn't cheap, and there are cheaper side lever vices out there, but you get what you pay for and this is a serious piece of kit that will last a lifetime. It's simple, robust and heavy with few moving parts or gimmicks, just a good quality, solid, well made, nicely finished tool and I recommend it.
The full range of Regal Vices are available from www.flytyingcompany.co.uk
Taniwha Rodworks has brought out a new range of fibreglass fly rod blanks.
Having used the excellent Epic blanks previously I was interested to try something different.
When building a rod for myself I like simplicity and functionality but don't compromise on quality. The new range of TSG blanks are very good quality, great value and come in a range of sizes and colours.
I finished my latest build yesterday and had a chuck with it today. The rod is built on a TSG 805 (an 8' 4/5wt s glass) blank. It's light and responsive, has a nice progressive action and bags of feel, is extremely versatile and responds well. It's perfect for my grayling and trout fishing with dry fly or spiders on the Dee. The blank has exceeded my expectations and I'll certainly use them again.
Whilst most of the rods I build are for myself or friends I occasionally built rods to order. If you want something unique I may be able to help.
Materials used: Taniwha TSG 805 blank (colour Ice White), magenta thread without colour preservative (this darkens the thread and also make it more translucent, Snake brand guides, nickel silver Lemke reel seat with walnut inset and flor grade cork grip.