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So as avid fly fishers we're all supposed to have wiled away the winter months and dark nights at our vice, creating new things for the spring and enjoying our creative sides. However, if you're anything like us at Foxon's, we only seem to start to get creative when we feel like we'll be able to get out and use the flies we're making - so, with this nice spell of weather and spring really trying to show, those creative juices have now really started flowing!

It really helps when we hear of such excellent fishing reports coming from the likes of Brenig too, not just huge fluffy lures are doing it up there right now, but smaller black nymph patterns such as the Montana have been fishing really well.  Bloodworm patterns and red buzzer patterns are the hot flies for the smaller still waters this month, why not try tying some up yourself?  You don't need to follow a pattern just get creating either using the stuff you already have or even by adding just one other new item to your fly tying box - you'll be amazed and the variations you can come up with.

Here's a couple that Shaun has been tying up over the last few nights using a few old and new materials. The green bead and UV straggle string really set off the mini Montana variation and the tungsten bloodworm pattern is so simple but worked really well this week at local fishery - Wal Goch in Nannerch.  Both are tied using tungsten bead heads, ideal for getting down to the fish as the water's still a little on the cool side right now.

Bloodworm- Charles Jardine grayling hooks, Red tungsten beads, Glister dubbing, Red Magic glass.

Black Nymph-Fulling Mill grab gape hook and Partridge Sproat wet barbless, black cock hackle tail, Black seals fur dubbed body,  Copper wire rib, Black UV straggle string thorax, Black crystal flash wing case coated with Deer creek UV resin, Black cock hackle, Funky Green tungsten bead head.

If you would like help with any aspect of fly tying please call in and ask, we'll be more than happy to set up a vice and guide you through whatever it is you're having difficulty with.

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