Winter On The Fisheries – Iain Barr Fly Fishing On Ellerdine Lakes

With the winter now setting in it can offer some of the best sport there is! Ellerdine is one fishery I visit once the frosts and snow appears as it sends the fish into a feeding frenzy! It’s bonanza time on the small waters as the warm waters of summer are long gone. Natural food is scarce and the fish have to feed which can make them a little easier.

Iain Barr with an Ellerdine lakes double

Iain Barr with an Ellerdine lakes double

They have to feed but they’re certainly not over active and the angler has to search them down. In this blog there will be some tips to increase your chances of enjoying some fantastic winter sport, aimed at the small waters.

Before we get to the water let’s have a think about what you wear as it can be nippy out there. Layers are key as opposed to several thick jumpers. It’s not usually the main body that gets cold but the feet tend to suffer so I load on 3 pairs of socks, 1 pair being thermal, and my new TF Gear Ultra Dri boots that have an internally fitted thermal stocking.

Most small waters are not too deep so usually a floating line to intermediate line will suffice.  Despite the cold there will still be small windows of fly life activity so don’t shy away from fishing small black buzzers or small nymphs.  Many anglers simply turn up and throw a lure at them and hope for all day action. They certainly have their time and place but I catch more fish on small waters with a small buzzer and small blob or egg fished static on a floating line.  The key is static as many small waters operate a catch and release policy so fish are used to the big lures and are used to the repetitive movement of the artificial flies we throw at them.

Iain Barr with an Ellerdine Tiger trout

Iain Barr with an Ellerdine Tiger trout

I tend to use Airflo’s 6lb G3 fluorocarbon for its thin diameter as winter waters are usually crystal clear also the finer tippet allows me to fish my size 14 small black buzzers with great presentation.  With this finer tippet I use my Airflo Streamtec 5/6 fly rod giving my arms a rest from my reservoir kit which is beefed up to #8 rods.

G3 Flourocarbon in 6lb

G3 Fluorocarbon in 6lb

Positioning of the buzzer is key to get that and the egg to the right depth. I place the buzzer just 4 foot above the egg or small original Iain Barr Candy Blob. The fish will be attracted to the egg or blob but if suspicious the buzzer is strategically placed to offer a more realistic meal. In many of the small waters I have fished with this combination I often watch the egg or blob descend and will often see it disappear without seeing the fish, strike instantly! Or going the other way, the egg or blob will start to move which indicates the fish has picked up the small buzzer. This is the warning to not just cast out and allow it to sink. Good polarised glasses are paramount for this and there is a good range available through Fishtec.

If you can’t see the flies dropping the next trick is to add mucilin grease to the last 2-3 feet of the fly line to make it ride high on the waters surface then simply watch this move. A small water favourite method is to fish an indicator or bung. This is where you suspend your flies under a buoyant fly or piece of foam and watch this dip under.  This certainly allows you to fish the flies static but you miss them tightening of the line in your finger tips which gives me the buzz!

Intermediates and lures certainly play their part! Small waters are often stocked frequently to keep active sport so a lure is always worth a try. White and Black and green lures are a must as are snake lures. What’s key is not to be too repetitive with your retrieve and to keep changing your flies and keep on the move. Don’t be tempted to fish two lures together as this could be too much for clear waters and pressured fish. I tend to find slowly moved lures will work better than those robotically thrown out and pulled back. Snakes have been a revolution in recent years and without doubt a medium figure of 8 is the best retrieve for hooking up.

A winter fishery trout

A winter fishery trout taken on a lure

Fish can be found in shallower water looking for any insect life hatching in this marginally warmer water, look for this preferably sloping off over a ledge. Many small waters have reeds along the edges, fish along these keeping a low profile. If the wind is not too strong it will pay dividends to fish straight into it. Don’t be put off by a head wind as the fish will be ‘up the banks’ so a far cast isn’t required. It’s more important to ensure the flies turnover and land straight than it is to get distance.  Keep low and bring your flies as close to the side as you can

Don’t be disappointed if the fish are not playing all day as you will find they feed in short periods and despite dipping temperatures , the last half an hour can be as busy as any part of the day!

Try my new Micro Buzzer packs along with my new Jelly Blob and Fab packs and fish them together static. Keep changing the colour of fab or blob. The Dancer pack is worth a go giving a variety of colours of gold headed lures. Fishtec are soon to be selling my single flies so look out for my new snakes for 2019, coming soon!!

Next blog will prepare you for when the Reservoirs open!

The Shortest Month – Rene’ Harrop

Noted mainly as being the shortest month of our longest season, February is a continuation of deep winter on the Henry’s Fork. Precipitation mostly in the form of snow averages more than in January while temperatures in the early part of the month can be among the coldest of the year. Still, there is benefit to a fly fisherman when daylight stretches toward 6:00 P.m., an addition of 1 ¼ hours from the lowest point in mid-December to February first.

A Hope For Spring

A Hope For Spring

For much of the month ice will continue to chill the river and fishing is mainly limited to deep nymphing for bottom hugging trout still locked in winter’s lethargy. Eventually, however, the occurrence of severely frigid days begins to thin and the river enters a period of reawakening.

While midges exist almost exclusively as the basis for February dry fly opportunity, the days of rising fish increase proportionately to increasing air temperatures as the month progresses.  Though spring Baetis are a rare feature prior to early March, there are occasional years when the first mayflies can make a token appearance in late February. Usually, this uncommon event portends an early spring which in the high country can mean returning to our mountain cabin in April rather than May. However, in a place where general prosperity is measured by the abundance of snow, only a foolish person would welcome the temporary comfort of a short, dry winter.

February Brown

February Brown

Fortunately, we now approach February with snow continuing to accumulate and the expectation of that trend extending into the foreseeable future. Accessing the river will be come more not less difficult until average daytime highs rise well above the freezing mark and rain becomes the common form of precipitation.

In the interim, I will savor the incremental process of achieving spring while enjoying even small advancements in outdoor comfort.

Back on the water

Back on the water

As the water warms and winter releases its icy grip, the activity level of trout responds proportionately to the change. Hungry from winter’s dormancy, the big guys will go on the prowl and the methods of capitalizing of this new-found energy begin to expand.

By February’s end, I will be pulling a streamer at least as often as fishing a nymph and the dry fly rod will seldom be left at home.

While warm days and green grass lie well into the future, the shortest month will not be time wished away nor will it include long strings of days spent indoors away from the water. And at this point in winter, that is good enough.

February Distraction

February Distraction

New Gear – Airflo Thermotex Pro Puffa jacket

Fishing clothing review: Robbie Winram of Trout Fisherman magazine takes a closer look at the new thermal garment from Airflo – the Thermotex Pro Puffa jacket.

This jacket is one of the ‘insulated’ designs that is becoming so popular, not just for fishing, but a whole range of outdoor pursuits.

It comes in a stylish steel-grey with highlights of bright yellow and wouldn’t look out of place on the high street or in the pub. It is made of polyester with horizontal baffles throughout the body and sleeves, and although the face fabric does not have a DWR finish it did fend off a light shower. But this jacket is all about providing warmth and even if its synthetic insulation does get soaked, it will still keep you warm, unlike natural down or feather which don’t retain heat when wet.

Thermotex Pro Puffa

Thermotex Pro Puffa

A full-length single zip has a good size storm baffle behind it, and it tucks away into a neat fabric chin guard to prevent chafing. The fixed hood has a bright yellow lining and has an elasticated cord and toggle lock adjusters to fine-tune the fit around the face.

The tail ends of the cords are concealed inside the jacket so they don’t hang loose. There is also a cord/toggle system on the back of the hood although this gives minimal adjustment and in fact the hood works better over the top of a peaked cap or hat.

There is one chest pocket and two waist pockets, all with zips and decent size, bright yellow pull tabs and cords. The sleeves finish in simple elasticated cuffs and at the bottom of the jacket is an elasticated cord with double toggle lock adjusters. Again the cords are retained inside the jacket and don’t hang loose. On the inside there are two very deep open-top pouch pockets for light accessories.

Available in sizes M to XXXL.

Verdict: The jacket is windproof and very warm but also breathable so will vent off any heat before it builds up. It glides over base layers so doesn’t restrict your casting action.The perfect garment on those crisp cold winter days or can be used as a mid-layer underneath a light waterproof shell.

Thermotex Pro Puffa jackets from Airflo are available here.

The new Airflo puffa jacket

The new Airflo puffa jacket

Airflo Spring Invitational 2019

After the resounding success of the 2018 event, the 21 team Airflo spring Invitational fly fishing competition is back for 2019!!

Once again, it will be held at Rutland Water with dates confirmed as 18th & 19th May 2019.

HOW TO ENTER/QUALIFICATION METHODS

We are just opening up the books on the Airflo Spring Invitational for 2019.

The following teams are invited to the Airflo Spring International on May 18/19th next year, they include last year’s winners the FNF Falcons, together with qualifiers from the AWAI and the Angling Trust loch style event:

2019 INVITED TEAM LIST

FNF Falcons, FNF Nymphomaniacs, Flash Attack/Reservoir dogs, Fishhawks ‘A’, Elinor, BRFFA Team Cortland, Welsh Hawks, Team Airflo, Team Vision, Change FF, Northern Drifters, Melvin Devils, OTFA, Draycote Rio Masters, Leven fly Casters, The Renegades

Entry forms will be sent to the above teams. Team captains must confirm that they will be entering by the 15th January 2019. Entry is payable by the 15th of January to confirm the teams place, failure to do so will eliminate the teams guaranteed entry place and this will then be offered to the next team in line from the AWAI or AT competitions.

There is a maximum capacity of only 21 teams and after we have confirmed from the above who is attending, we will open up the other 6 spots for entry on the 1st of February 2019.

ENTRY FEES

Once again the entry fee will be £200 per team; all team members will receive a goody bag including an Airflo fly line and Airflo Baseball cap with a combined RRP of £57.98

PRIZE FUND

  • 1st Team – £1500 Cash, Trophy, Medals, plus tackle prizes
  • 2nd Team – £750 Cash, Medals, plus tackle prizes
  • 3rd Team – £500 Cash, Medals plus tackle prizes
  • Top Rod overall – Trophy, plus Airflo fly rod
  • Top Rod Day One – Airflo reel
  • Top Rod Day Two – Airflo reel
  • Biggest Fish Day One
  • Biggest Fish Day two

FISHING TIMES (TBC)

Saturday will be fished 10am-6pm and Sunday will be 10am -5pm, after which we will be holding the presentation at the Fishing lodge, complete with a Hog roast.

FISHING RULES

The event will follow Airflo Anglian Water rules and a copy of these is available HERE.

APPLICATION

After the 16 invited teams have been confirmed, 6 spots will be open for general entry from February 1st. Applications are to be made in writing. Details of how to apply will be announced 1st February.

Rutland Water - A special venue

Rutland Water – A truly special venue

Airflo Airtex 2 Wading Boots Review

In this guest review fishing instructor and qualified guide Ben ‘Fly Guy’ Fox takes a look at a wading boot for all situations – the new Airtex 2 from Airflo!

With the latest Airflo kit impressing anglers up and down the country, including myself, I was pleased to get the opportunity to test out one of their latest additions, the Airflo Airtex 2 wading boots. Building on the excellent design and functionality of the original Airtex boots the new boots are a great example of modern features and materials.

Airflo Airtex 2 Wading Boots

Airflo Airtex 2 Wading Boots

When choosing wading boots it’s important to consider design and functionality.

Grip: The boot is the anchor you look too to keep yourself safe while wading through fast water, on slippy rocks and all manor of substrate. Do these boots do the above? Simply, yes. The boots have good strong stable soles (I had the Vibram) which offered good grip on the multitude of substrate I trekked across on my test session.  I had added Kold Kutter studs, available from the Fishtec website, which I would recommend doing as they do help grip on the trickiest conditions underfoot.

Support: When on your feet all day covering different gradients and often long distances its import that your boots support your feet, particularly the soles and ankles. I had no fear of going over on my ankle, thanks to the high sides, neoprene padding and strong rubberized heal and lower sides. As for covering long distances, after walking miles of river in them my feet didn’t ache, something that has often happened while wearing other boots or boot foot waders.

Cost: Built to last with top quality hard wearing fittings and materials were some boots fall short, the Airtex push the boundaries of what can be offered for the price point. I think they are great value for money.

Tough laces and corduroy eyelets will last a lifetime

Tough laces and corduroy eyelets will last the boots lifetime

Features:

Tough laces and corduroy eyelets should last the lifetime of the boot and the robust abrasion resistant outer ensure that it will be a long one.

Options to cover a wide range of foot sizes and with felt or Vibram soles available there’s a boot for all in the range.

Light weight despite the hard wearing components. Making them easy to walk in.

Drainage – wading boots can’t hold water for any length of time as the weight would become difficult to manage, drainage holes at strategic points allow this to happen quickly on the Airtex V2 boot.

Superb grip in slippery conditions guaranteed

Superb grip in slippery conditions guaranteed

To summerise: I was very impressed with the Airflo Airtex 2 boots. As a guide I rely on my gear to get me through both my own fishing, fishing with clients and competitions on running and stillwater. These wading boots will carry me through all conditions and situations and I recommend them to anyone looking for a high quality well priced boot that will last.

Airflo Airtex 2 wading boots retail at £119.99. They are available here.

About the author: Ben started his fishing career aged just 7. Progressing rapidly from coarse fishing, Ben soon became proficient at fly fishing and has taken part and triumphed in numerous competitions. He has represented England at youth level where he has 2 caps.

Ben Fox with a magnificent fly caught pike!

Ben Fox with a magnificent fly caught pike! Source Ben Fox Facebook page.

Based in Yorkshire but operating throughout the country, Ben spends his time as a qualified fishing guide and as an instructor with Fishing 4 Schools. Should you need quality angling coaching or a guided service be sure to check out Ben’s website here.

Jelly Beans By Rene’ Harrop December, 2018

Love them or loathe them ‘blob’ flies simply cannot be ignored!! Here American Author and fishing guide Rene’ Harrop dabbles with fishing the blob on the other side of the pond.

Fall of twenty eighteen has been a remarkable period of late season fishing on the lakes and rivers of Yellowstone country. Making it particularly special was the opportunity to share time on the water with friends from distant places, including Gareth Jones. Absent for a few years, Gareth’s visit in late September became instantly more memorable with the addition of his father, Ieuan.

Jelly Bean Brown

Jelly Bean Brown

With three days to catch up on four years of separation, I milked the opportunity of learning that always comes with this master of still waters and, as always, my Welsh friend had some new tricks up his sleeve.

From local Airflo rep Brandon Prince, I had heard of jelly flies tied with special emphasis toward overcoming the resistance of still water trout when conditions are less than ideal. Brandon had learned of an unusual tying material that can perhaps best be described as wildly colored flat chenille from conversation with Gareth at a recent trade show in Florida.

Greeted in late September by wind and off-color water, Gareth immediately began a demonstration of something so far off the scale of conventionality as to be considered bizarre. His score on Henry’s Lake dwarfed that of his companions, and this continued later on Sheridan Lake as well.

Cut-Bow On Jelly Bean

Cut-Bow On Jelly Bean

Imitating nothing, I have ever seen in nature, the fly he called the “Blob” did more damage over three days than all other patterns combined. Naturally, I fished the jelly flies left behind by Gareth to great advantage after his departure, but later on I learned that they are not limited to still water in their effectiveness.

From late October through most of November I am engaged in a quest for fall run browns on the lower Henry’s Fork. A Big streamer is my predominate fly of choice for this fishing but on impulse I decided to try Gareth’s jelly flies, both alone and as a dropper.

By conservative estimate, thirty percent of the noble browns landed over the past six weeks fell victim to Gareth’s new fly, along with a few bonus rainbows as well and though without his approval, it is now referred to as the jelly bean, simply because it is such a sweet concept.

Once again, thank you Gareth.

The Master

The Master

Airflo Airlite V2 9’6” #5 – Trout & Salmon Magazine Tackle Review

”A dry-fly dream”

Airflo’s Airlite V2 range is not new, but this 9ft 6in, 5wt is. The rod has been designed by Airflo’s sales director, the highly respected competition angler Gareth Jones, especially for delicate dry-fly fishing on stillwaters. It punches well above its price tag.

Airflo Airlite V2

Airflo Airlite V2 9’6 #5

What initially feels like quite a fast action oozes feel and depth when loaded and it delivers an incredibly stable casting loop. Casting with it becomes second nature, as does turning over a team of flies with pin-point precision. The progressive, smooth action is a delight.

We fished with it from the bank (with very little clearance behind and background snags) and it delivered a Lee Wulff Triangle Taper 5wt floater with ease, while on a boat the rod’s wand-like quality is unlocked: it effortlessly lifted a team of flies off the water, roll-casting
over both shoulders with fast, snappy changes of casting angle.

When playing a fish under the boat, with this rod you just know your tippet won’t break.
Give your cast some welly and you’ll be amazed how little, if any, fly-line is left on the reel. The rod’s that versatile.

The reason for adding this model to the V2 line-up was to meet the needs of specialist light-tippet fishing – a rod capable of absorbing a fit rainbow’s turn of pace on tippets down to 6X (3lb-3.5lb). We know it works on rainbow trout up to 5lb taken on a single dry-fly…

Gareth’s inspiration comes from his trips to Lough Corrib where light tippet fishing for big, wild brownies prompted the search for a suitable tool. If a rod is good enough for such technical lough fishing, then frankly, it’s as good a stillwater dry-fly rod as you will find.

Our only niggle is the lack of a keeper ring, which many anglers like. The green wooden reel seat, with a secure nut, was reliable on a day when the rod landed a bag limit of Eyebrook reservoir trout.

For the reservoir or loch/lough angler looking to discover the benefits of a lighter dry-fly outfit, this rod is all you need.

Airflo Airlite V2 fly rods are available here.

Airflo Airlite V2 9'6 #5

Airflo Airlite V2 9’6 #5

Article reproduced with kind permission of Trout & Salmon Magazine.

New Airflo Airtex 2 Wading Boots In Stock!

New Airflo Airtex 2 Wading Boots

New Airflo Airtex 2 Wading Boots

The new Airflo Airtex 2 wading boots (Vibram sole) are now in stock!!

Built to last, with a solid construction that is deceptively light in weight, these rugged boots feature a robust quick drying upper that is highly abrasion resistant. With superior ankle support, access and comfort is aided by a neoprene lining and looped heel pull.

Available in both traditional felt sole and genuine rubber Vibram, Airflo Airtex 2 boots allow for sure footed wading – whatever the conditions.

  • Protective rubberised outer for durability
  • Two sole options for grip in any conditions
  • Neoprene ankle padding for comfort
  • Rugged cordura lace eyelets
  • Strategic drain holes
  • Easily studded with wader studs
  • Sizes 7-13 (felt), 7-13 (Vibram)

Priced at £119.99, Airtex 2 boots are available here.

Airflo Airtex 2 boots

Airflo Airtex 2 boots

Iain Barr New Fly Set Selections

I’m proud to announce a new selection of fly sets available at Fishtec. My aim has always been to supply all my latest innovative patterns to the fishing world. Almost 40 years of experience from around the globe goes into every fly with experience to the highest level going into the designs.

Precise detail goes into every fly ensuring you have the best flies available to you from record breaking double world champion Iain Barr. Here at Iain Barr Fly Fishing World Champions Choice we live, sleep and breathe fishing and our dedication and commitment goes into our products ensuring you have the best chance of catching more fish.

Success for Iain Barr fishing flies!!

Success for Iain Barr fishing flies

New packs, new edges!!

The first new pack now available is aimed at the small water angler – The Indicator Selection. A great way to get into fly fishing is starting with an ‘indicator’ with flies suspended below it. It’s also used by the very best anglers in the country too to great effect. It contains 3 different coloured indicators for different light conditions with 9 natural nymphs/buzzers which you tit to suspend static below it. Simply cast them out and watch the indicator shoot away! Fish static for best results but occasionally do a short twitch of the line to make the suspended flies move. Typically you should suspend your flies at 3 foot and 6 foot. 9 foot if you fish a team of 3 flies below the indicator.

Iain Barr indicator fly set

Iain Barr indicator fly set

Next is my new Natural Booby nymph selection – This great pack consists of all the natural nymphs but tied with booby eyes. It allows you to fish them on the surface or on sinking lines. They come into their own when fishing over weed beds and are commonly used in the washing line method where you fish a natural booby on the point with nymphs up the line. The pack consists of Midas Boobies, Hopper Boobies and nymphs such as Cruncher Boobies. Ideal for fishing as dries as no gink is needed!

Iain Barr natural boobies

Iain Barr natural boobies

Buzzers form 90% of a trout’s staple diet and many of these are micro buzzers, especially through the middle and end of the year. We have now increased our buzzer selections to include size 14’s in my favourite 6 buzzers. Dropping to a smaller size can bring huge dividends especially if you’re getting aggressive ‘intrigued’ takes from the fish as opposed to a ‘slide away’ take. On all small waters, especially where catch and release is practiced, I always fish size 14 buzzers. Very rarely do I fish a team of these without a Candy Blob or Candy FAB on the point. SSSSHHHHHH, this is a deadly method, try it! Or try with a natural booby on the point to suspend them. ALWAYS FISH BUZZERS STATIC FOR BEST RESULTS.

Iain Barr Micro Buzzers

Iain Barr Micro Buzzers

A revelation in recent years is the very popular CDC Owls. We have included all the favourite colours in our new CDC Owl Selection including the very popular yellow owl. Quality CDC with sufficient feathers ensure these sit right in the film, often where the fish want them most. If the fish are not breaking the surface but you see a flattening spot or the slightest of tiny rises it’s time for the owls! They are a must for buzzer feeders but also excel when fishing for Snail and Corixa feeders. They are available in size 12 and 14.

Iain Barr Rutland CDC owls

Iain Barr Rutland CDC owls

Crunchers are my all time favourite nymphs and I have created a new Rutland Cruncher Set. All my favourite Rutland Crunchers in one pack. Tied with small cheeks, these are great for buzzer and corixa feeders. When the fish are feeding high in the water or fish are in the shallows and epoxy buzzers would just fish too deep this is your answer. Great for fishing Rutland South and North arm around the shallows and weed beds. Available in natural brown, black and olive you have all colours required.  Fish static for best results or try with our natural booby set or between two Boobies or blobs when pulling but don’t forget to hang your flies! Available in size 10/12.

Iain Barr New Crunchers

Iain Barr New Crunchers

Our Rutland Muskin Buzzer selection is a must have for the avid buzzer angler. It’s an exciting time of year when the line is ripped from your fingers and these are very effective! Designed to imitate the pupae in the higher layers of the water these should be used when the fish are higher in the water column or feeding in the shallows.  Deadly on Rutland Water but in my armoury for every venue and all small waters! The UV Thorax Muskins are also used for corixa feeders and should be twitched accordingly other wise fish static for best results. Available in size 10/12

Iain Barr Rutland Muskins Buzzers

Iain Barr Rutland Muskins Buzzers

The North Arm Dry Fly selection is all you need for fishing Rutland’s North Arm. It has all the essentials to catch some of the large fish that cruise up here in the shallows. It includes my all time favourite dry fly, the Big Red along with CDC Owls, Hoppers and the deadly Midas! Larger fish will always come to dry flies and fish static for best results. Avoid casting long lines when fishing dries and aim to cast no more than 7-8 yards at most!

Iain Barr Rutland North Arm Dries

Iain Barr Rutland North Arm Dries

The Midas Magic pack consists of this very popular dry fly in several colours. This over dressed dry fly just sucks the fish up to take it. The takes can be from a gentle sip to an aggressive explosion. They are very effective for the Grafham Shrimp Feeders to Reservoir Buzzer feeders. Many people still think fish have to be rising to use a dry fly, this is simply not true. If conditions are right, preferably mild with cloud and a gentle breeze, cast out a Midas, you will be surprised. If a gentle ripple, gink the top of the fly and top of the hackle so it sits lower in the surface. In a big wind I smother the fly so it rides high in the wave! Fish freely over open water or across the shallows. Fish static for best results. Available in size 10/12

Iain Barr Midas Magic

Iain Barr Midas Magic

For the small water angler and winter bank angler we have come up with our Winter Bank Selection. It consists of all the favourites in white and green, back and green and the trigger orange! Fish with varied retrieves from a slow figure of 8 to a long fast pulls. Keep changing the colours regularly to keep the fish coming and enjoy the excitement as they nip the tails before grabbing hold!

Iain Barr Winter Banker Selection

Iain Barr Winter Banker Selection

FNF Jelly Fritz has taken the market by storm and our new Rutland Jelly Blobs are taken the UK by storm too! All the bight colours and new combinations of colours tried and tested by Iain Barr. The pack includes the Iain Barr original Candy Blob and is a favourite fished static with nymphs. Although many believe these flies should be pulled at break neck speed, and at times they should, I catch more fish with these fished static with nymphs or buzzers up the line.

Iain Barr Rutland Jelly Blobs

Iain Barr Rutland Jelly Blobs

Our new Jelly FAB pack is also among our favourites. These are ideal for fishing the washing line with nymphs or buzzers up the line. They are Blobs with a small piece of foam tied in the rear to help suspend them near the surface. With a team of nymphs or buzzers, they help slow the descent to drop through the water layers slower. They can be ripped on floating to sinking lines but do try static with buzzers and nymphs on floating or tip lines.

Iain Barr Jelly Magic Fab

Iain Barr Jelly Magic Fab’s

Unique to Iain Barr, these Milky ‘Barr’ Jellies are ties using the FNF Milk Fritz with an array of bright colours in the middle. This pack offers Blobs, Fabs and Boobies in one and are proven on all Midlands Reservoirs. Rip them, twitch them or fish them static with nymphs for explosive action! These are perfect for daphnia feeders covering the array of daphnia colours that exist in our waters. On small waters fish one of these on the point with Micro Buzzers on the droppers but static.

Iain Barr Milky Barr Jellies

Iain Barr Milky Barr Jellies

The full selection of Iain Barr fly sets can be found here.

New Airflo V2 Fly Fishing Reels In Stock

We recently had some exciting new fly reels land in our warehouse – the new Airflo V2’s. These reels are the follow up to Airflo’s successful V-Lite range of fly reels, which we sold in high volumes for many years.

Nicely finished in silver, red and black, they are a fully machined fly reel range, made out of a solid aluminum block that has been cut to exacting standards.

Airflo V2 fly eel full set

Airflo V2 fly reel full set

On first impression, they are a fantastic looking range of reels and appear to be incredibly well built with a solid disc drag. The drag itself is completely sealed, allowing them to be used in saltwater environments with no danger of failure. Construction wise, while a fraction heavier they are just as robust and well screwed together as the old V-Lite’s, and like their predecessor provide plenty of backing space thanks to the deep V shaped recess found on the spool.

Surprisingly, the prices are pitched lower than the V-Lite, offering a way into the premium quality reel market for anglers on a lesser budget.

Prices start at just £109.99 for the 3/4 size. Other models include the 5/6 at £119.99, the 7/8 at £129.99 plus a 9/10 and 10/11 for the double hand and switch fly rod users priced at £139.99 and £149.99 respectively.

The Airflo V2 fly reel has a fully sealed disc drag

The Airflo V2 fly reel has a fully sealed disc drag

As an introductory offer, they also come supplied with a FREE Airflo fly line – the Super Dri Elite in the case of the trout models and a Scandi head for the double handed sizes. This makes the package as a whole incredible value for money.

With a model for everyone, the Airflo V’2’s quite simply represent the best value fly reels we have seen for many years! Get yours today.

 Premium performance and good looks
 Fully machined aluminium construction
 V cut spool for extra backing capacity
 Strong, fully sealed saltwater proof drag
 Sizes: 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/11 & 10/11
 Prices from £109.99 to £149.99
 FREE Airflo fly line included

AIRFLO V2 REEL TROUT MODELS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

AIRFLO V2 REEL DOUBLE HAND MODELS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

Airflo V2 fly fishing reel

Airflo V2 fly fishing reels represent brilliant value for money