Well it was a cold, windy day on the river Dee and the fishing was slow. However I soon warmed up when a kelt (about 8lb) took a shine to my size 14 spider!
I was using a fibreglass rod I built myself on an Epic blank. The rod performed well and was bent in half for most of the time I was doing battle with my catch. Eventually, and fortunately, the kelt got off after straightening the hook on my fly.
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.