The sand eel is a key part of the diet of a bass. It lives in sand and burrows in the day time though it is an effective bait throughout the fishing day.


Hook – Mustad 34007 #2

Thread – GSP

Underbody – Fishy fibres pearl

Body – Tinsel and fishy fibre yellow

Topping – Fishy fibre green

Head – Resin and stick on eyes

Tying Instructions

Wind a bead of thread at the head and tie in the underbody, tinsel, body and topping. The underbody should be shorter than the tinsel or topping.!7-06 Blog flies-6435

Using UV resin form a clear body to the bend.!7-06 Blog flies-6436

Add the eyes and coat further with resin. Cure and coat with varnish for a non-stick finish.!7-06 Blog flies-6438


Bead head blood worm

A really good point fly for reservoirs and very easy to tie with a minimum of materials.


Hook- Kamasan B100 #10

Head – Bead gold 3mm with lead wire behind

Thread – 8/0 Red

Tail – Marabou red

Body – Glass body

Tying Instructions

Place the bead on the hook and secure with a few turns of lead wire followed by the thread.!7-06 Blog flies-6431

Tie in the marabou tail and rip to length. Tie in the body material.!7-06 Blog flies-6432

Wrap the body in touching turns and sure with a whip finish. Varnish the head.!7-06 Blog flies-6433

Grey Wulff

This is a really and effective dry fly well suited to the mayfly hatch in the UK


Hook – Dry fly long shank #12

Thread – 8/0 grey

Tail and wing – Grey squirrel tail

Body – Veleveteen dams grey

Hackle – Blue dun cock

Tying Instructions


Place the hook in the vice and tie on the thread. Tie in the tail – there is no need to stack the hair.

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Tie in the wing with stacked hair and cut at a taper. secure the materials.!7-06 Blog flies-6428

Dub the body and tie in the hackle. Form a ramp of thread in front of the wing and ensure the wing stands upright.!7-06 Blog flies-6429

Wind the hackle in behind and in front of the wing. secure with thread , whip finish and varnish.!7-06 Blog flies-6430


The Deceiver is a great fly for bass. For this variant I have tied it in black so it gives a good silhouette in sunny conditions.


Hook – Mustad 34007 #4

Thread – 8/0 Black

Tail – Black chicken feathers

Body – Holographic tinsel

Hackle – Flash and black bucktail

Head – Stick on eyes

Tying Instructions

Place the hook in the vice and lay down a bed of thread. Tie in the hackle feathers about 2 per side and about twice the length of the shank.!7-06 Blog flies-6417

Wind the tinsel along the shank from the head to the bend and back. Lay down a layers of varnish for the tinsel to set into and then tie in the flash at the head.!7-06 Blog flies-6418Add the bucktail and then on the top some silver flash. Build up a head and varnish.!7-06 Blog flies-6420Secure the eyes with glue and then varnish the whole head.!7-06 Blog flies-6423

A white variant is shown here using a cap of peacock here to give the appearance of the fish.!7-06 Blog flies-6421


Peeping caddis

Pattern I notice on a Romanian site – it looks good and one I will try.


Hook – Jig #14

Bead – Tungsten Silver 3mm

Thread – GSP

Tag – Green sparkle micro chenille

Head cover – Partridge feather

Body – Hare fur

Tying Instructions 

Place the bead on the hook and put it in the vice. Tie in the green tag and then tie in the partridge feather.


Wind the partridge feather about 3 turns and

Dub the body, whip finish and

Experimental Nymph

This is a pattern I am trying to develop -if you use please let me know the results.


Hook Czech Nymph #18

Underbody – Flat lead

Thread – GSP or red

Body – Nymph-it pearl

Rib – Body glass brown

Tying Instructions

Lay down a layer of lead and varnish.


Tie in the rib and nymph- it at the bend. Form the body of nymph it and then rib with the body glass. Secure and whip finish. Colour the head and varnish. blog-fly-4252

Chenille Body Nymph

This is a very successful nymph in clear water. In coloured water I use it with an orange tinsel body and orange (Hends 294) thorax.


Hook – Jig Hook #14

Bead – 3mm Tungsten Silver

Thread – GSP or to match thorax

Rib – Wire red 0.18mm

Body – Tinsel purple

Body – Chenille Standard heat sealed at one end

Thorax – Flash – Hends #17

Leg – Duck flank

Tying Instructions

Place the bead on the hook and insert in the vice. Tie in the wire rib and returning to the eye tie in the tinsel


Wind the tinsel to the bend and back. Lay down a bed of varnish before winding the tinsel to her secure the tinsel. Tie in the

Wind the wire in open turns to secure the chenille to the shank. Secure the wire and break

Dub the thorax and tie in 8 fibres of duck flank for legs. whip finish and varnish to