Looking back to this time last year the weather was very different. Not the dank, dreary, mild, wet stuff we've had recently, but dry, bright and cold, with low, gin clear rivers.
As we approach the winter solstice I'm beginning to look forward to early March, with longer days and the start of the trout season. I always enjoy getting back onto the upland lakes to chase a few wild brownies.
Lots of claims are made by manufacturers about tippet materials but how accurate are they?
Back in 2015 Yellowstone Angler performed a range of tests and a wide variety of lines. It was interesting reading then and it still is now. The article can be found by following this link
The best nylon in the test was Stroft GTM. This is an excellent tippet material, but my preference is Stroft ABR. In their review Yellowstone Angler said "The only downsides were their poor spool design and slightly higher average cost than other nylons". I disagree on the cost issue, I think this is really good value for money, especially the 100m spools, but totally agree that the spool design is poor.
The smaller 50m spools are more convenient and easier to carry than the much larger 100m spools but buying the 50m spools is way more expensive. Neigher spool systems interlock which is a pity as I prefer small 100m spools that lock together, but if you only carry one or two spools this may not be an issue.
Kieran contacted me as he was keen to try his hand at fly fishing. We met on a bright but cold morning and spent a few hours on the river Dee. Quickly picking up the principles of fly casting and fishing Kieran was delighted to catch his first grayling.
Well done Kieran, a great result and an excellent morning, thanks for your company.
Fly fishing for coarse species is great sport when game fish are out of season.
This lovely perch, one of a few that took a teal and blue pattern.
The Tactical Pro 9' #5/6 has an anodised aluminium up locking reel seat, AAA cork reverse half wells grip and is built on a matt black blank, with Fuji SIC and REC Recoil TM titanium/nickel guides. Black whipping with a turn of red thread and white alignment dots pick out the joints and make for a no nonsense, professional finish.
I wanted a new rod to use when giving lessons and casting demonstrations and the Marryat Tactical Pro fits the bill nicely. The rod is light and responsive with a fast recovery but a smooth progressive action that allows for nice loops at low speed and elegant presentation casts. When a long line is aerialised the rod bends into the butt and delivers distance with ease.
Historically I've tended to give demonstrations with a 'casting tool' not a rod I'd fish with, however I enjoy fishing with the Tactical Pro too. It's non reflective finish and progressive action is perfect for rivers and stillwaters delivering a fly with delicate precision at close range and having enough grunt to effortlessly cast a whole flyline (if that's your thing).
I have only two negative points: 1) The grip is a little too thick for my liking, but 30 minutes with a fine sandpaper sorted that out. 2) The rod tube is square with a zipped flap, square tubes are more easily crushed and the zipped flap offers little protection at the end (but my rods are probably more susceptible to damage than a recreational anglers).
These are small niggles and it certainly wouldn't stop me from recommending this rod, it's really very good, it fact it's excellent.
Retail price at time of writing £500
Available from www.flytyingcompany.co.uk
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