Phillippa Hake

 

I started fly fishing and fly tying about 4 years ago. After a days fishing at Raygill Lakes me and my dad took a trip to a local fly tying shop where he bought me a Veniards Fly Tying starter kit. it came in a little white box which soon took over the spare room!!

I’m part of the Partridge Hooks Talent Pathway Pro-team and Deer Creek Pro-Team which has given me over the last couple of years the opportunity to visit shows across the UK and tie next to some great fly dressers. I have recently become an ambassador for the new app for fishing and hunting called Wild Society.

along side fly tying i love noting more than visiting my local river and having a couple of hours fishing to tempt the wild trout and grayling with my flies.

i’ve met so many people whilst i have been fly fishing and fly tying, and i hope one day we cross paths out on the bank! enjoy the blog and tight lines :]

phillippa x

 

 

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Llyn Clywedog, 29/10/2017, New Personal Best! 

Llyn Clywedog, 29/10/2017, New Personal Best! 

Having just qualified to represent England in next years Internationl which will be held at Llyn Clywedog in Wales. Having never fished the reservoir I thought it would be handy to have a trip down and get a feel for the place. Me and my dad made the three hour journey on what was a beautiful autumn Sunday. 

Clywedog is located in mid Wales, surrounded by stunning scenery, the drive over the hills is quite breathtaking really. 


We arrived, purchased our permits and got tackled up and got down to business. I set up with a 12ft leader and fished the washing line method with a fab on the point and two nymphs above. 

For our first drift I took us up to the Christmas trees, after our first drift nothing much was happening and we felt we weren’t in the right place, so we went just round the corner from the lodge, and started a drift near the cages. 

The drouge went out, first cast out and that’s when all hell broke loose. My line went tight and I hooked into what felt like a brick. Then a shake of a head, I knew this was a big fish. 

The trout went airbourn twice and it was then we saw just how big the fish was. Amazingly I managed to keep my cool and not rush playing the fish. It was like pulling in a bin liner. It had taken the fab on the point. With the help of my dad, it was in the net! 

Wow, I’ve never had the pleasure of hooking into a big fish like this, it certainly gets the heart going!! 

It’s so important to let a fish recover in the net after a scrap, so after it recoverd we got a quick snap and let it go, that is one for the memory book! 

When me and my dad go fishing we always have a little competition, i had a 2-1 lead just before we called it a day. He only went and levelled it at 2-2. So it finished all square. Although, I do have the bragging rights for this trip 😉 

Clywedog is a lovely fishery with great staff, I can’t wait to return soon for some more top sport! 
http://www.clywedogtroutfishing.co.uk/

Grayling On The Dries! 

On Wednesday evening after work I ventured out for a fish to my local river, The Calder. It’s been a funny old season for me and I’ll be honest I’ve found trout hard to come by when I’ve been fishing. I know they are there because I’ve seen them! Grayling on the other hand.. now I love grayling, I do. However when all I want is to catch some trout they just can’t help them selves to my flies. 

As I arrived at the bank of the river I made the decision to set up my new Marryat Tactical Pro with my French leader and two of my favourite jigs that I’ve had success with the trout previously. 

Below are the flies what I set up with. 

Jig 1 – PTN With a little orange hot spot. 

Hook – Partridge SUJ Jig size 16 

Tail – coq de Leon 

Tag/butt – orange glo brite 

Body – pheasant tail fibres 

Rib – silver wire

Thorax – hares ear 

Bead – slotted tungsten to suit hook size 
Jig 2 – scruffy hears ear 


Hook – Partridge Wide Gape Jig #18 

Tail 1 – coq de Leon 

Tail/tag 2 – glo brite orange 

Body – hares ear 

Rib – mirage tinsel 

Thorax – hares ear

Bead- slotted tungsten to suit hook size 
As the evening went on I was having luck with the nymphs but only catching grayling.  There were a few fish rising in the next pool up so I decided on a change to a dry fly. Off came the jigs and on went a single parachute dry. 

All ready to catch some trout, I knew where I was going to cast the fly, right where there should be trout, nice bubbly water. A perfect holding spot. 

The cast was made, the fly was taken, another grayling! Never mind I thought. I’ll get them next time. 

Just a short story for you to get back into the swing of things. You can expect more blogs, fishing videos, flies from me soon. 
This weekend I am planning to do some fishing but I’m not sure where yet. Maybe a river near you? After that i will be preparing for the ladies National which is at Pitsford water this year where I will hope to qualify for the England Ladies Team for 2018. 

Tight lines 🎣🎣

Tying a Olive CDC Up-wing Dry Fly

As the rivers across the country open up for the trout season we still have a little bit longer to wait in Yorkshire,  as they don’t kick off until the 25th march. Not too much longer though! 

In anticipation of the season to get rolling, I’ve been filling the last few remaining gaps in my fly boxes. The latest batches have been some CDC upwing dry flies. 


See below how I tie this fly! 

Materials used ; 

Hook – Partridge  Standard Dry #14 

Thread – Gordon Griffith Sheer thread 14/0 Olive 

Tail – two coq de Leon fibres 

Body – Polish Quills Stripped Quill, Olive 

Wing – two CDC plumes 

Thorax – hares ear dubbing

UV resin – Deer Creek Diamond Hard (optional) 

 

Step 1 – secure the hook in the vice and proceed to start your thread. 

Step 2 – 

Don’t cut off the waste piece of tying thread as you’ll need that to split the tail of the fly in the next step! 

Run the thread down the hook to the bend, making sure the tag end of the thread stays as straight as you can keep it on top of the hook shank! 



Step 3 – 

Tie in the two strands of Coq De Leon, to split them what I do is get them in the position I want them to stay in, then bring the end of the tying thread through the middle of them to create a V shape. 

Catch the thread in and take it back towards the eye of the hook. 

Step 4 – 

Marry up 2 CDC feathers, place on top of the hook and secure with your thread. 



I like my wings to be about as long as the hook shank when you bend them back. 

Step 5 – 

Secure the CDC in place and trim away the waste end of the feathers.

Tidy up and run the thread back down towards the tail. 

Step 6 – 

Tie in the stripped quill, take the thread back toward the wing creating a nice flat surface for the quill to wind on to, note, to achieve the flattest surface for the quill I spin my thread to ensure when I’m winding the thread around the shank it’s lying flat. Once you have a nice tapered body your happy with take your hackle pliers and bring the quill up toward the wing. 



Step 7 – 

At this stage of the fly to protect the quill you can add a dab of UV resin over it or, what I sometimes do is just add some super glue over the top. 

In this instance I have added a coat of Deer Creek Diamond Hard UV Resin. 

Step 8 –

If you’ve chosen to use uv resin cure it with your light. Once that is done grab some hares ear. Not too much as you don’t want to bulk up the fly. Dub it onto the fly and whip finish. 




And that’s it! Ready to rock and roll and tempt some wild brownies come the 25th!! 



As many of you will know Wojtek and his friend Arek from Polish Quils were involved in a terrible, terrible car accident in New Zealand. I would just like to add I wish them both a very quick recovery and I send all my best wishes to both of them and their families at this tough time 

How To Tie a Quill Nymph

Now, if you follow me on social media you’ll know that I love a fly that is tied with stripped quill. There’s just something I love about the stuff, the way it has that segmented look when the fly is finished and it’s an easy material to work with and I use them on both nymphs and dries. They come in all different colours so what’s not to love?

On this particular occasion I’m going to show you how I use the quills to tie a simple yet very, very effective river nymph pattern. So here’s how I tie it.

You’ll need the following;
Hook – Partridge Standard Dry size 12/14/16/18/20
Thread – preferred tying thread – brown/tan
Bead – silver/copper to fit hook
Tail – coq de Leon fibres
Body – polish quills preferred colour
Thorax – hares ear
U.V resin – Deer Creek Diamond Hard

Step 1 –  

Put the hook in the vice with the bead at the eye of the hook ready to start your tying thread. Secure the bead with the thread. 

Step 2 – 

Run the thread down the hook to the bend and tie in some Coq De Leon fibres. 


Step 3 – 

At this point I like to spin the tying thread so it lays flat when tying materials in. Especially quills as you need a nice flat tapered under body of thread for the quill to lie on.

Take your stripped quill and as your looking at it the black strip on the quill should be on the bottom of the quill and the colour of the quill on the top, in order to achieve the segmented look to the fly. Tie in the quill and proceed to build up a tapered body. 


Step 4 – 

Take your hackle pliers and grab the quill and wind up the hook shank towards the bead making sure you don’t overlap the turns. 

 
Step 5 – lock in the quill with a couple of turns and make a half hitch so you can varnish and cure the fly with UV resin. 

Step 6 – 

Once you have cured the fly take your hares ear and dub on your thorax, I don’t like to over do it with the dubbing as I like my nymphs quite sparse. 

Step 7 –

Whip finish your fly and pick out the dubbing to make it look scruffy. 

And that’s it! A simple fly but very effective. The beauty of it is you can vary the look of it by changing the colour of the quills and bead. I always make sure I have plenty of these flies when I’m on the river. 

I like to fish it with two methods, it’s a good fly to use when fishing the duo method for searching out fish in pocket water. I also use it when fishing the French leader as a lighter fly above the point fly. 
I hope you enjoyed this blog! And I hope to be out fishing soon so I can share my adventures! 

Tight lines 🙂 

How To Tie The Olive Jig 

The olive jig is one of my favourite nymph patterns. I’ve found it effective on my local river in the early stages of the trout season and it is responsible for my personal best wild river brownie. 

When I first started fly tying only about 3 years ago,  I use to spend my evenings searching the internet in search of patterns I could attempt. Whilst watching YouTube videos I stumbled across well known angler and brilliant fly tyer Steffan Jones, and his Olive Jig Nymph after seing his creation i wanted to attempt the pattern. 

I took to my vice and set about to tie the nymph, The first few weren’t brilliant but  put them in my box and took them to try on the river. As all fly tyers know, the joy of catching a fish on a fly you’ve tied never gets old. 

It wasn’t until I was tying at my first fly tying event at Fly Only in Huddersfield where i was talking to highly experienced angler and fly tyer Alex Jardine. He suggested to add an orange tag to the fly which made it look even more appealing ( if your a trout!) 

So here’s a step by step on how I tie my version of the Olive Jig. 

Materials used;

Hook – Partridge of Redditch jig hook #18 

Thread – UNI -thread 8/0 camel (or brown) 

Bead – slotted tungsten 3.0

Tail 1 – glo Brite – orange

Tail 2 – Coq De Leon fibres 

Body – trans brite (olive) 

Thorax – hares ear (the really spikey bits!!) 
Step 1 – 

Pop the bead onto the hook and secure it in your vice. 

Step 2 – 

Set your thread off and secure the bead in place so it doesn’t move about. 


Step 3 – 

Run the thread down the hook, stopping just befor the bend. At this point catch in the glo brite. 


Step 4 – 

I like to cut off the glo brite at this point leaving a tag end, not too big though! 

Step 5 – 

Step 5 is adding tail 2, the Coq De Leon fibres, I like to use 5/6 of them, you don’t need too many as Coq De Leon is lovely and robust! 

Step 6 – 

Take your tying thread back up towards the bead of the eye where you can catch in the trans brite. 

Step 7 – 

At this point I take the 1 strand of trans brite and wind it down with touching turns until I reach the bottom, where I work my way back up creating a nice tapered body to the fly. As Steffan notes in his video,  the more times you go over with trans brite the darker it gets as it’s a transparent material so you can taper the fly to get darker as your working your way back towards the bead. 

Step 8 – 

The fly is almost done. All that is left to do is add the thorax, for this I use the spikiest hears ear dubbing I can find, gathering some (not too much) and dubbing it onto the tying thread. Then winding it around to create a spiky thorax. 


Step 9 – whip finish and add a dab of varnish to secure the thread. At this point you could tease out some of the dubbing. And it’s done! Ready to fish! 

Thanks to Steffan Jones and Alex Jardine with your helpful advice on this patten that is a proven fish catcher! 
Tight lines. I’m 

Back With A Bang!

It’s been some time since I’m my last post, too long infact! I haven’t been able to do as much river fishing as I would of liked too due to work/weather and what not. I had a day at Raygill with my dad not so long ago but failed to to catch anything on a tough day. 

Today marked my come back on my local river, since I’d said I would be fishing today I’ve been praying to the fishing gods to keep the weather at bay so I could get out and wet a line. 

I woke up and immediately jumped up out of bed, gathered my fishing gear and jumped in my car to the river! That’s right, my car! Now I can drive I have a new lease of life which allows me to travel about at my own will, maybe to a river near you?!

Upon my arrival, there was definitely a spring feeling in the air, rather than the chilly wind we have been getting of recent weeks. Not being too foolish I still layerd up, it’s a good job I did as that water was freezing!! 


I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I stood in the chilly water, a gentlemen from the local club had said it was carrying colour the day before and he and his friend had blanked, however when I was wading my way up through a pool i didn’t think it was anymore coloured than it usually is. I find that the Calder always has a tint of a copper colour running through it at the best of times. 

Anyway, onto the fishing! Today’s set up was my 10ft 4wt greys streamflex companied with a French leader fished with two of my favourite nymphs, two jigs, on the point a silver hares ear and on the dropper an olive jig with a copper bead and orange tag. 

It took me a couple of casts to get back into the swing of things, as I was wading up the pool I was fishing, my line tightened and I was into a good fish. At first I wasn’t even sure It was a fish as there wasn’t much of a fight, until it woke up! It wasn’t one for showing it’s face and was sticking hard on the bottom of the river. At this point, having not caught a fish since September, I should imagine I had a massive grin on my face, I soon had it in my net admiring the beautiful colours you get on these stunning fish.

One more fish followed from the same pool, another beautifully marked grayling. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of catching these fish. 

One of the many joys I get out of fishing is that even if I only get an hours fishing in, I’m happy. Today was one of them days as I couldn’t feel my toes and had a dog to tend too at home and other jobs to do…  like cleaning my car.. I had to step out of the river. I left happy and content and that’s all that matters! 

Next week I’ll be at the British Fly Fair International. Held at Staffordshire county show ground, I’ll be there on the Sunday tying my river flies on the Deer Creek stand. I hope to see lots of you there to catch up and share fishing stories.  
Tight lines! 

 

Go Small or Go Home! 

Go Small or Go Home! 

On my most recent outings the river has been literally on its bones. Although, some recent rain will have sent through some much needed fresh water for our fishy friends. 

It’s funny what a little bit of rain can do to the river. A  couple of weeks ago I had fished a section of the river and had a great little season catching some stunning Grayling, notible was the water temperature, it was warm however it didn’t seem to put the fish off feeding as I worked my way through various pools. 
The following week I met up with a friend and we planned to fish the same stretch of river. it had rained near enouh all day, despite this we decided to go on with the session. The first thing I noticed was how cold the water was from the days rain fall. It was evident that this had knocked the fish off as we struggled to get them. Finally, they came but not as many as we were hoping for. 
  
Since then the weather has settled down again but the lack of rain has meant the river has been running low. It has resulted  in the fish having to move to different holding spots. 

Last week I met with my good friend Lisa Isles, for a very long over due fishing session. We had a cracking couple of hours on a very warm and sunny Saturday afternoon. 

We both set up with the duo in search of some trout and grayling. It wasn’t long untill the first fish came, and a lovely grayling it was to start the session with. 
  

  
A few more grayling followed along with some lovely brown trout! The trout I caught took my sedge pattern on the outside seam of a ripple of water, it even went airborne a couple of times! 

  
  
During this time of the year, when the water is low, fishing smaller flies can make a huge difference, unless of course you get a greedy trout come along and it can’t resist a pop at  the sedge! the majority of the grayling were caught on a size 20 simple copper bead flash back hares ear. Keeping your flies small and simple can make all the difference to your catch rate! 

  
  
I can hardly believe the season is almost finished! It doesn’t seem two minutes since it was March! However I’m looking forward to a couple of fly tying shows that are taking place in a month or so, I’ll be at Fly Fest in Cumbria (1st and 2nd October) tying with Partridge and then at the Uttoxiter show on the 16th of October again with the Partridge  gang! So lots to look forward too! 
I hope to see some of you at the up and coming shows. 

Tight lines and wet nets! 
And remeber, small flies catch big fish!