poor light and small flies

poor light and small flies

t.z. | Thursday, 20 August 2015

Insects hatch in the evening when it gets dark (and less windy).

The before unseen fish start feeding - and panic kicks in. What are they feeding on?

You might find that midges are on the menu - and than what? You have to change the fly of course. Changing the tiny thing at the end of your leader in the dark can be a real pain in the butt.

Chill, here´s a little tip to ease the struggle!

Have you ever been eyesore? I mean really having trouble seeing that little hole on the fly where the tippet is supposed to go? It never occurred to me during daytime of course. It is always the case that in the evening with a low sun those fish are set out to only take the smallest flies …and even smaller.

For these moments I have a simple, actually a very simple solution. Just thread your flies on a tippet material loop (make sure you thread both ends through the eye of the flyhook.) Add a little paper clip which stops them from escaping and the flies can now easily be transferred from the storage-loop onto the tippet on your leader. Just take away the paper clip, bring your leader through where the clip was before and push the fly from one loop to the other. Move it up the leader until that loop opens and you can take the tippet out and put the paper clip back. Very simple. Done.

The pre threaded flies can be stored in a compartment of your box, or you can attach the string in a foam flybox with a security pin or something similar. I leave that up to you.

 Gnats on a string

picture by Al Pyke 

Thomas Züllich, or - “t.z.” as most call him - is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. His flydressing is based on old traditions as well as very modern and innovative methods of creating flies. You can book Thomas for guided trips, flytying classes and presentations. He regularly gives speeches and demonstrations at fly fishing fairs. Thomas is member of the ProTeam at Partridge of Redditch as well as Regal Vises. 


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