Thursday, August 16, 2018

Black is Best for Times when the hot spots stop working.

A lot of very effective nymphs are used and tied on a daily basis that have either shiny flashy bright beads, hot collars or hot floss tags and butts; glowing trigger points and flashy dubbing's. They do work a major percentage of the time and in my nymph boxes you will find my interpretations of nymphs with these attractive hot spots in the dressings. But there is occasions when the fish in a river that want something a bit more plain and simple.
I also have quite a few natural and very effective patterns that  are so simple in their make up and wouldn't contain any attraction components.  Of all these nymphs it is the pure black nymphs that will be the most effective for me when the hot spots and flash stop working.
Here is two nymphs of these simple nymphs I wouldn't be with out when approaching a river. The first one is one I would use mostly for a euro nymphing style and the second nymph I find is far more effective under a dry fly in the Klink and dink set up.

This nymph is tied on a size 18 Dohiku Jig hook with a Black Nickle 3mm slotted bead. The tail is dark Coq De Leon and has a medium thickness black wire rib. For the body it is Sulky Black Tinsel which I picked up from my local sowing shop and the nymph is finished off with a pinch of black Sybai super fine Dubbing just behind the bead. 
For this little nymph, it is tied on a size 20 Dohiku 301 dry fly hook. The bead is 2.5mm black nickle again and the tail is the same as the above nymph also. While I use the same tinsel as the first nymph this time to give the body some strength I use my super strong silk thread and colour it black with my sharpie pen; after spinning the thread I go down and back up the body to act as a rib. The Dubbing collar here is a small pinch of black CDC twisted onto the thread and whip finished in. So simple in there make up, but yet so effective in there ability to catch fish. It is worth your time experimenting with some really plain and simple nymphs that could catch you a lot more fish. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and enjoy tying these flies. If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact me. Also make sure and check out my website www.piscari-fly.com for all your tungsten beads, Dohiku barbless hooks, the amazing Syndicate Fly Rods, Reels, leaders and much more. Thanks for reading.

Friday, July 27, 2018

What is the best tungsten bead to use: Choosing the right beads to catch more fish.

I think of all the questions I get asked this is the one most common "Whats the best beads to use" , and to be truthful I ask that question to myself all the time when I am fishing. The best bead, the best colour, the best size ect is a serious of questions that can be only answered in the moment and time of when you are fishing.
The colour will matter on the fishes humor, environment and possible conditions on the day. The size of the bead will depend on the size of the nymph or hook you are using and the depth of water you want it to get down through. There are factors that will determine what is the best bead to use at any given time you are on the river. Through experience and having confidence in the beads you like using or a certain type and colour bead that gets you a lot of fish can be the best possible answer to choosing the right bead. But lets take a look at a few aspects on choosing beads I have discovered through my years of using them.
There is a multitude of colours you can get tungsten beads in these days, and if you are into flashy and different colours then you can load up on beads all colours and with different effects. Most of these colours will catch fish some better than others depending on the fish you are after and where you are fishing. But there are four main colours that I find the stable diet of fish world wide and they are Copper, Gold, Sliver and Black nickle (and of course pink for Grayling).
Some other colours I find effective at the moment are white, brown, dark copper and metallic orange. I will mostly use different colour beads when I am going through a beat of water for the second time to show the fish something different than the more common colours that they have seen before.
It is important that when you are buying your beads to ensure they are anodized beads and not painted, as the colours will not last on them and it wont take long at all for the paint to chip away.  If you want to try and get some different colours for yourself then try burning your beads, this can result in some nice shades of the standard colours.
Sizes & Weights
The size of the bead matters greatly; as it is this that will determine the look and shape of your fly and the depth it will reach in a certain length of time.  So I will normally have a whole selection of my best nymphs tied in several sizes to accommodate the different depths I could be fishing on any river or beat. Having different size beads on the same pattern could be the difference of catching or not. The size range of beads is around from 1.5mm up to 4mm generally you can get something bigger if you desire but generally this is the range most common. They tend to go up in .5mm in sizes and you can get the odd sizes such as 2.3mm 2.8mm ect also. I do stick to the 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm and 4mm beads as I find this range of sizes is enough for me and the way I fish. If you were to tie in all sizes you would need a wheel barrow to carry the boxes with you to the river. Try not over complicate it and stick to a simple system of choosing your size beads you use.
There is one aspect of a bead I am very fussy with however; and that is the cutting or molding of the holes in the bead. I like to have a bead that has the maximum amount of metal in the bead so there for the holes at at the minimum size they can be, to give me the heaviest possible bead for that size. I don't see the point in putting on a bead on the hook with half or more of it missing. As for fitting on to the hooks the majority of beads 2mm to 3mm I tend to use size 20 or 18 Dohiku jigs if they are slotted beads and size 16 Jigs covers the other sizes. No bead on the market is 100 percent tungsten so some beads will have a better percentage of tungsten in the mix than others and all beads are made in China bar none, but take a good look at the cutting to ensure you are getting the best weight for size when you are purchasing again.
Counter versus Slotted
Again this is another debate depending on your personal preference, it will be determined by the style you tie your nymphs and the hook types you have most confidence in be it standard hooks or jig hooks. Sense the emergence of jig hooks and slotted beads most anglers tie there nymphs on them and they are very effective indeed. I use a lot of slotted beads, but I also have a lot of countersunk beads or barrel beads as they are known by some. If I am tying on light wire hooks for slim nymphs I can use Dohiku 301 dry fly hook and put countersunk beads on them. I like this combination for my dry dropper set ups as I like the way the standard hook hags under the dry. For euro nymphing it is a majority of slotted beads unless the nymphs are grubbers then I am using countersunk on curved hooks. They both have there uses and advantages. So don't be afraid to tie up a selection in both types of beads as the do fish different and on occasions can produce different results.
A good question I was asked one time was, whats more important, the bead or the fly on the hook, in seasons of late I find my self fishing less and less different patterns and having different bead colours and sizes on very simple nymphs certainly has not decreased my catch rate. Also I would find my self asking my fishing buddies not what fly are they using when they are bagging up, but what bead size and colour they are using. I do think we can put to much emphasis on the fly or nymph on occasions and get caught up in the disbelief, am I fishing the right fly when perhaps it would be more beneficial to question am I fishing the right bead, colour and weight.
I think a lot of it comes down to a personal confidence thing in the
beads you find best for you, but maybe going forward if you haven't put much consideration into the importance of sizes and weights and the right molding it could help you catch more fish.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and take something from it going forward. If you have any questions or queries please feel free to contact me. Also make sure and check out my website www.piscari-fly.com for all your tungsten beads, Dohiku barbless hooks, the amazing Syndicate Fly Rods, Reels, leaders and much more. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Choosing a New Fly Rod? Pick up the Syndicate Pipeline and Join the family

I get asked a lot over the last year or so about Syndicate Fly Fishing and their rods so I just decided to give you the story behind why I choose to use these rods above all others now and why you should consider them as the best rod for value and performance 
It’s been just over a year now when I first put one of these sticks into my hand. I had been researching rods for a few months before and I was keen on moving over to 10 foot 2 weights for my competition fishing but I didn’t want or have the mad bucks some company’s wanted for this rod type. The name Syndicate had been mentioned in a few forums I was looking at. I read through some reviews and after checking them out a bit online I decided to buy one as they were affordable and with many good reviews, how bad could they be for the price. I never looked back sense and it was one of the best decisions I have made in purchasing fly fishing gear for a while.
As most of you know I am a keen competition angler travelling throughout Europe for competitions all of the year, so I take them pretty serious. Finding the right rods that I can trust in performance wise is crucial for me. I like to have all the same rods so when I set up on a river session no matter what rod I pick up I know it inside out and I don’t have to adjust casting, striking or how I am playing fish because of having different type rods set up on one session. Also it is fantastic to have a rod that I can use for all my methods of fishing, be it dry fly, nymphing or dry dropper. The Syndicate rod is a medium to fast action rod with a very sensitive tip that detects the slightest of bumps on the rig. While the Syndicate pipeline is an out and out nymphing rod it has the ability to do so much more as I find out every day I hit the water with it, and again I can afford to have a couple of them on the bank of the river. When casting with them though it did take a little practice and adjustment in waiting time on the back cast but once you get it they are superb. 
When the rod arrived initially and once I had fished the Syndicate 10 foot 2 weight I had just bought; I did something that I had not done before with any rod company, and that was to email them to bow my hat to the rod they built, I was very excited. Not only did the rod look and feel magnificent but after reading through the ethos of the Syndicate rod company where they really focus on the customer and there experience rather than their wallet I knew this was the rod for me. 
The pipeline range of river rods offer superb tippet protection that is crucial for only for comp anglers but all fly fishers so when you hit that big fish not only dose the rod have the backbone to land the fish but the soft tip section will give you the required protection with even the finest of tippets. Marius form the West of Ireland was thankful of that with this lovely fish he landed on the 11 foot 2 weight on 0.12 tippet. When I can fish super fine tippets and not crack off it gives me great confidence in the rod I am using and the rest of my set up, tippet and leaders. 
 I have found the rods are very responsive to my requests in casting and accuracy while they are also outstanding in the sensitivity department, you feel everything with that fine tip. Be it micro beading, French nymphing or deep bugging the contact I have with my nymphs throughout the cast and drift is nothing like I have felt before with any other rod; and for setting the hook, well its more than able. They are very light in the hand also, here is some stats on the range for you to consider:
10 feet
10 feet
10 feet
11 feet
11 feet
Line Weight
2 weight
3 weight
4 weight
2 weight
3 weight
Rod Weight
84 grams
87.5 grams
91 grams
92 grams
96 grams
Half Wells
Half Wells
Half Wells
Half Wells
Half Wells with Fighting Butt
I fish with a good group of guys and we have a good bit of experience between us all, sense the discovery of the Syndicate range we have all switched over to them. I now only fish the Syndicate range and over the last year I have had some great results on them. It is also a comfort to know the fantastic guarantee offered with them, if we break one it will be fix within days and we are not waiting around for new tips running up to a major competition for weeks or months. The Syndicate boys have hit the nail on the head here and there customer service is unlike any other rod brand I have encountered. 
Sense my first contact with Eric and Mark from Syndicate I have joined the family that is Syndicate Fly Fishing and you couldn’t meet two more genuine guys that have the angler at the center of their business and product objective. Even though I am now helping the guys into Europe, I bought my first Syndicate rod retail and it was the best few bucks I have spent in a long time in Fly Fishing. I have no doubt that they have improved my catch rate through the confidence I have in the rods. Between the 10 foot 2 weight and the 11 foot 2 weight pipeline they are a must for any angler that wants to take his nymphing to the top level, and the one of the best parts is that they are affordable. Here is the price range 
Part Number
Pipeline Pro Series

4 Piece 10 FT 2 WT Comp Rod
€ 370.00
4 Piece 10 FT 3 WT Comp Rod
€ 370.00
4 Piece 10 FT 4 WT Comp Rod
€ 370.00
4 Piece 11 FT 2 WT Comp Rod
€ 395.00
4 Piece 11 FT 3 WT Comp Rod
€ 395.00
Aquos Series

4 Piece 10 FT 6 WT Rod
€ 485.00
4 Piece 10 FT 7 WT Rod
€ 485.00
4 Piece 10 FT 8 WT Rod
€ 485.00
There is not to many bad rods on the market these days and the vast majority of rods are well able to do there jobs. However there is something about the Syndicates that sets them apart for, the customer service, the affordable price range, or maybe its just the good old Tennessee touch the boys have with there company. But, make sure and check out the range when you are considering a new stick, not only do they do a river range but also a still water range that is slat water compatible. 
There website is https://syndicateff.com/ and you can also find the range of rods in Ireland at www.piscari-fly.com https://www.flyfishingireland.com/ and https://southsideangling.ie/
Please feel free to give me a shout if you would like any other advice on the range and if you wish to purchase one you wont be disappointed. Make sure and check by the syndicate website now and again or contact them on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/syndicateff/ to see about the new and exciting developments they have in store. Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you find this information some what useful when you are considering a new fly rod in the future,  make sure and check out my website just follow the links to the right.