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I am a Professional fly tier and passionate Saltwater fly fisherman. I hope you enjoy browsing the blog and please also visit my Webshop where you will find many high quality materials for tying those Saltwater and Predator flies.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Product feature Sybai Saltwater Flash Hair


The market for fly tying materials is pretty congested and to be honest there is not much that is truly new, however Czech company Sybai have found themselves a little niche with their range of very different materials. I first came across Sybai a few years ago and was immediately intrigued by their unusual range. I instantly struck up a relationship with them and became a Pro tier helping to promote their range across the internet.

Not only is their range quite unique, the quality of the materials is outstanding. From their synthetic hairs to dubbings to extremely good 3d eyes, in my view everything is perfect.

One material that I am particularly impressed with is their Saltwater flash hair. Despite the tag of 'Saltwater' the hair is very versatile and an be used not only for Saltwater patterns but Pike and other predator flies.

The hair consists of hundreds of very fine and soft filaments blended with angel hair. The softness of the material makes for great movement in the water and the material sheds water very well.

Saltwater Flash hair comes in a good variety of colours and we have a wide range stocked in the shop

Being primarily a Saltwater fly angler myself I have experimented with getting the best from this material for Salty patterns and I have found it ties very well 'EP' style. Check out the pictures below. However I recommend whatever style of fly you tie that you try this unique fibre as it works well for flash tails on Pike flies as well as being useful to blend in with other materials. The limit really is your imagination so have a play around and see what you can come up with!

Begin by tying in a tail section and then adding shorter pieces of hair top and bottom. continue this all the way along to the eye. Have a look on our Your tube channel for full video instructions to tie an EP style fly.

Once finished spread the fly out and start trimming

Once trimmed the material makes a great looking fly.

Monday, 5 February 2018

SSL site security and you

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Foot long fly!

Pro team member Lee Harper-Smith is off to Chew Valley for some Pike fishing soon and is trying to match the hatch with this foot long Rainbow Trout imitation!

Lee's monster is made with Silver scales Big Fish fibre as well as our Preyfish fibre and mounted on a Sakuma Hook.

Best of luck Lee I hope the beast scores for you!


New Video, Seabass fly EP style

This is one of the most successful patterns in my box for European Sea Bass! Easy to tie, uses very little material and very durable. Casts easily and sheds water very well on the back cast.

Bass love these!





Tuesday, 30 January 2018

More Pike on Silver scales products!

I am so lucky to have the Team of Anglers and Tiers I have supporting Silver scales, there is some proper talent there both tying wise and sheer angling ability!

Steve Bewes is a regular out on the Bank in his native Lancashire and Steve consistently puts fish on the bank.

His latest capture using flies containing Silver scales products was a nice double from a stretch of his local river.

Well done Steve, keep up the good work!



Monday, 15 January 2018

Nice double on Big fish fibre

Pro team member Iain Mortimer braved the cold weather recently to try for some Pike on the Fly in a stretch of his local river and was rewarded with this nice double figure specimen!
Iain's winning Fly ( pictured ), was of course made from Silver scales products consisting of our Big fish fibre, Magnum Flashabou and Eyes, on a size 2/0 Sakuma 420 hook, all finished off with Solarez.

Congratulations Iain, a good result!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

20lb+ Pike on Silver Scales products.

Silver Scales Pro Team member Lee Harper-Smith really knows his stuff when it comes to Fly fishing for his local Pike, and Lee recently put our products to good use to land a PB fly caught specimen. Well done Lee!

Lee takes up the story:

Fished all day yesterday on my local river with deadbaits without even a sniff of a bite - the river looking better than it’s looked for over a fortnight.

Managed to get out for 2 hours today and decided to fish with 1 rod on deadbaits while fishing the other on the fly.

I eventually got a follow on an Impostor that I had some success with before Christmas but the fish turned at the last second, at least it was a fish I thought! The interest had come to an extremely slow fig...ure of 8 retrieve. After a few more casts I decided to move back to the area I had started in, as I favour this area but hadn’t fished it as slow.

Sure enough on the second cast I felt a few plucks at the Fly but nothing had followed. I decided to change to the mega Jerk Fly as it had a stinger hook that might just make the difference on a day when the pike were clearly being finicky.

Second retrieve on the mega Jerk Fly on a figure of eight retrieve I could see the fly coming back next to some submerged reeds and just as it had come past them a pike literally sucked in the Fly! I responded quickly and she broke the surface quickly not realising she was hooked - I could see she was a big fish. With fly in her lips only lightly hooked with the stinger my heart was racing and then the fight began as she powered off into 12ft of water. I frantically managed to get the fly line back on the reel and the clutch set to 6 which is my preferred setting to make light work of the fight. After a few lunges she was beat and in the net....time for a rest for me and her; my thoughts were then on targets was this my target fish for the season - a 20+ on the fly. I knew it was a close one, she was long but quite lean.

The scales read 22lb 8oz with the net which I knew was close, the net rolled in at 2lb 4oz. I had just done it 20lb 4oz - 2.5 months before the end of the season.

I leant a lot today, particularly that pike will feed in the wrong conditions but only if you play cat and mouse the right way - definitely a slow and low day today! Fly can out fish deadbaits too especially when everyone else is using deadbaits or lures.

All materials used in the mega Jerk Fly were sourced from www.silverscalesflytying.co.uk