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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Louis finds success in the Black forest!

Silver Scales regular Customer Louis Chancellor recently found some opportunist success using our Vibro shads and a few bits of end tackle from our range.

Louis told me:

'I was hiking with my girlfriend in the German Black Forest, so no serious sessions, just 10-15 minutes here and there in forest lakes and streams etc. Only a little UL travel rod and pocket tackle box, but I usually got a bite in the first few casts. Jack pike, perch, trout and chub. Great fun on a little rod though!'
'I was using a Silver scales vibro shad in green pumpkin, on a Silver scales #6 weedless worm hook, 3.5g SS texas weight, SS 8lb braid mainline and 8lb seaguar leader...'

Sounds like you had a great time Louis and a very good example of some really enjoyable opportunist angling! well done!

If you would like to send us a catch report like Louis then please email us at fishonflies@outlook.com and we'll post it up for you.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Preyfish Fibre back in stock



All colours of our superb and ever popular Preyfish fibre are now back in stock!

A superb material for tying all kinds of Baitfish patterns for both Pike / Predator and Saltwater. Soft and mobile, sheds water incredibly well making even bulky flies light and easy to cast!


Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Dubbing Loop Deceiver - By Steve Bewes

Fancy having a go at making a Brush fly but don't have a Brush making machine or any Brushes handy?

Have a look at this great SBS Video by Steve Bewes who talks you through how to make a Brush Deceiver using a simple Dubbing loop!



Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Jig fly SBS by Lee Harper-Smith.

We're always happy to take requests for Step by steps for fly patterns and wherever possible we will try to oblige with a demonstration of how myself or one of the Team ties a particular fly. We were recently asked for a SBS of a Jig fly on a big hook such as a 6/0 for use on a spinning rod, so Team member Lee Harper-Smith who is a very successful Pike Angler on his local river Wye took up the challenge with his own interpretation of how a Jig fly should look. Great looking Fly Lee and thanks for the SBS!


3 colours of Livebait Dubbing (my favourite head material)...

2 contrasting colour Blends of Preyfish Fibre, Bigfish Fibre and Sybai Saltwater Flash

Banded rubber legs (optional)

Blend of Flashabou, Bigfish Fibre and Sybai Saltwater Flash plus 2 strips of 2 tone Zonker (optional)

Sybai Flou Eyes 10mm

Before following the below step by step images watch the blending video and the video on Perch Baitfish that demonstrates how to use Livebait Dubbing

Lay down a thread base and seal with super glue

Blend your chosen colours of Big fish fibre along with some flash ( see blending video )

Attach as below

Fold back and whip down


Take some Zonker and another piece of Big fish fibre blend

Whip in as below

Fold back and whip in some Barred rubber legs ( optional )

Change to a contrasting colour blend of Big fish fibre and flash

Whip in as before and fold back

Now take your chosen colours of Livebait dubbing and attach as below



Tip : Use a hair grip to hold material in place neatly

Tip : use super glue to seal all whippings for extra security

Once the shank is filled bring thread forward and form a thread cone in front of the nose of the fly and whip finish.

Give fly a good comb to shape and add eyes if required.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Iain's Buckfibre Sandeel

One of the most popular materials we sell here at Silver Scales fly tying is our lovely Buckfibre material.

Buckfibre is great when used as a synthetic substitute for natural Bucktail but it can be used as a material in it's own right to tie some very effective patterns!

Like most materials Buckfibre can be tied in different ways to achieve varying results, simply tying it in straight is the easiest and most basic way to begin using it.

Iain Mortimer has come up with a smashing Sandeel pattern that demonstrates this perfectly. Iain has kindly put together the step by step below for anyone wanting to try what is bound to attract the attentions of some Bass, Pollock and Mackerel!

Sandeel step by step


Size 2 Silver Scales Saltwater fly hook

Silver scales Buckfibre in White, Yellow, Chartreuse and Red.

Sybai saltwater angel hair

Silver Scales Magnum Flashabou in Pearl.

Olive Thread Veevus 140 or similar

Solarez Thick

3mm Silver Scales 3d eyes.

1. Tie onto a size 2 hook with olive thread 2. Select a small amount of white buckfibre, tease out a few threads to create a tapered end for the tail and tie on, at the length you want the fly to be, on the underside of the hook. Allow roughly half to go either side of the bend.

Note: don’t tie the material too close to the hook eye so that you have plenty of space to build the typical Sandeel fine pointy head at the end.

2. Select a similar amount of flash and tie it to roughly the same length as the white buckfibre but on top of the hook.

3. Repeat with yellow buckfibre
...and then chartreuse buckfibre

4. Add a lateral line using magnum flash and the gills using red buckfibre

5. Stick the eyes in place. silver/gold eyes also look great for this pattern

7. Use solarez thick to coat the eyes and head THINLY! Build it up slowly until you’ve formed the head and body along the hook shank

8. Go catch some fish with that lovely fly...

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

More Jig fly success!

Steve Bewes has been back out on his local Canal catching numerous Perch with his deadly Jig flies!

The Perch certainly seem to be liking the Jig flies and of course Steve uses some of Silver Scales materials in the recipe including Preyfish fibre and Sybai Angel hair. Steve also use Silver Scales Jig heads featuring VMC Hooks which you can find on our Sister site Silver Scales Lure fishing.

[caption id="attachment_4913" align="aligncenter" width="712"] A beautifully marked specimen that found Steve's Jig fly irresistible![/caption]


Monday, 30 July 2018

Jig fly tying video

Steve Bewes shows us how to tie his brilliant Jig fly!

Thanks Steve!