I started this blog as a simple means of documenting the flies that I tie with the intention of an occasional digression into the history of fly fishing and perhaps even the odd post on my fishing experiences. I’m no expert fly tier, far from it, and I’m constantly striving to improve so please don’t expect to see perfectly dressed patterns. Most of the flies on this site are ones I fish with, although I also like to tie flies of historical interest as a means of helping me understand the history of fly fishing. Most of my fishing is on the waters of the English Midlands from Victorian reservoirs such as Ravensthorpe in Northamptonshire, one of the earliest drinking water reservoirs to be stocked with trout, Rutland Water, which at 1500 ha is one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe, to my local water: Eyebrook which sits on the boundary between Rutland and Leicestershire and has a mix of native browns and stocked rainbows. However, every now and then I escape to wilder waters, be they hill lochs in Scotland or rivers.
Thank-you very much indeed for taking the time to stumble across it.
Iain Gilmour, Leicestershire, UK, 2017.