Monthly Archives: September 2014

Daylight Foldi Lamp review – Alan Bithell

Enlightenment for the Travelling Tier.

Good lighting is vital for fly tying. Lamps balanced to daylight colour temperatures have been around for some years, They make the best, most comfortable, lights to tie under, reduced eye strain and true colour perception (if that is possible) are the main advantages. For about the last 8 years I have been using an Daylight as my light source for tying. I can say that it has been the best light I have used, and I had many different ones over the years.

As a bench light it has been perfect, lots of light and not in my way, what more can you ask? Well there is more, I don’t only tie at home. The light does fold up quite neatly, which is good if space and weight are not an issue. Also the lamp is mains power only, again no problem at home, a different story on the road.

Last month the bulb in my lamp gave up the ghost. This is only to be expected, and as this is the second new bulb in 8 years I’ve no complaints about the longevity of them. Replacements, though, are a little difficult to track down, and at 1/3rd the cost of the original lamp, quite expensive. I am also concerned that in the future these older bulbs may become unavailable.

With all this in mind I thought it a good idea to find a lamp I can use as a back up at home and for tying when away from home. What I wanted was something easy to carry, with a choice of power sources. Today my new Daylight Foldi LED Lamp arrived. Excellent service as I only ordered it the previous morning.

Being an LED lamp it gets around the blown bulb problem. It is also much more compact than my other light. Surprisingly it is also brighter than my desk light. For power it uses 3 AA size batteries, which, they claim, last 8 hours; a good tying session by anyone’s measure. I’m sure there will be some fade off towards the end of this period. In addition to the batteries it comes with a USB power cord. There is also a mains adapter available as an optional extra. Those three options give me the ability to use it just about anywhere. With a folded size of 23.3cm X 7.5cm X 3.3cm and weighing in at just 1 lb it will travel very easily. The light comes with a draw chord sock to store and transport it in.

The light operates with a courtesy light switch, a bit like your refrigerator door. When the light is opened it comes on, to turn it off just push the head down. The folding foot can be left down when the head is pushed down so you can turn the light off when taking a break during your tying session.

A friend pointed out that the light is not very high, However as the adjustable head will go above the horizontal almost to the vertical it is possible to raise the head without the LEDs being in your eye line, meaning you can move the light well away from your vice.

One great use I put both my lights to is the simplest form of light box I have ever seen. Simply tape the ends of a piece of paper or card together into a large tube, and slide it over the head of the light. Pop your flies inside the tube for photographing. I’ve been using this method for a couple of years with my bench light. However you must, for safety’s sake, remember to turn it off, as the lamp gets hot. My new LED lamp doesn’t get hot. It may get more use as a light box next to my bench than anything else.

My new light came from Cost £39.99 post free and was delivered within 24 hours of ordering it. Exceptional service as, living in the Highlands of Scotland, delivery can take a day or three longer than usual. Craft Lamps also have the optional mains adapter, £19:99. If you are looking for a new tying lamp, especially one you can use when travelling, I can not recommend this one highly enough.


The lamp in its carrying case.


Folded up, compact enough to take anywhere.


Simply unfold for lots of light.


Daylight balanced to reduce eye strain.


30 LEDs for plenty of light.


3 batteries for 8 hours of light.


The USB cable. Power it from your laptop.


Using a paper tube as a light box with the lamp.


The “light box” working well.


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Master Splinter Mouse Fly

This video is from Field & Stream and I like the way it was presented, plus I like the fact that he included fishing tips along with how to tie the fly. Oh and yes, maybe I have a soft spot for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is a pretty cool video, check it out!


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Psycho Prince Nymph

The Psycho Prince Nymph is a Mike Mercer fly pattern and in this fly tying video, Tony Torrence shows us how to tie the pattern. This pattern is commonly tied in Red, Orange, and Purple with Hareline Ice Dub. This exciting pattern is worthy of adding to your arsenal! Listen to Tony, he knows his stuff!

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Semi Realistic Caddis Pupa – Alan Bithell

It is a very worthwhile when you are on a river to turn over a few stones and see what is crawling around under there. Pete, at the Fly Fishing Shop, in Bakewell, carries a small aquarium net with which to catch insects that drift past. You can also purchase a seine net to fit the frame of your snowshoe landing net. Pete commented that these must be the most expensive pieces of equipment ever, judging by the very few anglers that carry them. Finding out what is going on in the water is a great clue to catching fish.

There is now another kind of stone turning exercise that we can do from our living room or office. Simply type the name of the insect into Google and hit “Images”. You will find a wealth of information in seconds. That was where I started with this caddis pupa.

Just having a photo of what you want to imitate is a good start, but you need much more. You need an inquisitive approach to your fly tying. Have you ever asked why a particular material is used? I have been asked, “How do you use such and such material” frequently, far less often have I been asked, “Why do you use that material?”

When you understand what properties materials have you will know when and how to use them in creating a new pattern. That is what makes me hesitant in offering step by step instructions for my fly patterns. If you follow the instructions you will end up with the fly, but will you have learned anything about fly tying? I hope you will take more from my tying instructions here than just how to tie this fly. A friend saw this fly and used the translucent body with colour under it to create a corixa pattern. I hope that is the kind of thing you will do with my offering.



This pupa is tied on a Kamasan B100 size 12, though you can use whatever hook you like.

Also you will need:

  • Fl. Fire Orange UTC 70. Or similar bright orange thread.
  • A strip of translucent Nymph Skin (narrow, 3mm)
  • Green metallic tinsel, holographic or standard.
  • Fine strong thread, such as GSP.
  • Two partridge outer wing covert feathers. Or any nicely marked feather.
  • A strip of Flexi Body
  • Golden pheasant tail fibres
  • Cream / tan dubbing
  • A brown permanent marker pen.

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October Caddis Soft Hackle

Tightline Productions shows you how to tie an October Caddis Soft Hackle.


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This is Fly – August-September 2014

Check out the latest issue of This is Fly fly fishing ezine.


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Pheasant Tail Nymph – Brian Flechsig

There have been several readers that have said they want more fly tying videos that do a better job of explaining each step in the process of tying a fly. Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outfitters does an excellent job of accomplishing this in his videos. In this one, Brian ties the famous Pheasant Tail Nymph. Watch, listen, and enjoy!

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Andreas Andersson’s “Articulated Wolftrap”

I’m a 32 year old Swede with a serious addiction to flyfishing and flytying. It’s not unusual to find me on the water a couple times a week and at the vise just about every night. First flies left the vise about twenty years ago…nowadays my speciality is deerhair bugs, streamers and big predator stuff, even though I’m no stranger to dryflies and nymphs after doing those type of flies for a long time. I just think there’s something very fun in fishing for predatory fish, so that’s my main focus. I’ll fish for just about anything with a flyrod, fresh or salt, but my favorite species close to home is northern pike and brown trout. I have been tying flies professionally for a while now and also demonstrate my tying at shows and fairs across Europe. I also write some articles every now and then for some Swedish flyfishing magazines. Well that’s a little something about me.
-Andreas Andersson

This is a fly I have been tinkering with for quite some time, fishing it and making small changes every now and then…but now I feel it has the qualities I’m looking for. That being a big profile fly with very low weight when wet and the added predator attraction of articulation and a rattle bringing some noise.

The inspiration for the fly comes from two very different directions. One being the type of flies I have seen american flyfishermen using in the salt for fish like stripers. The other being a great looking pikefly like my buddy’s Ulf Hagström fly called the “Triple Treat”.
I believe the finished fly might work well for both mentioned species and many more just by varying the size and colors of the fly. It already has plenty of pike on its concious.

Materials used:
Hook- Partridge of Redditch Attitude Streamer 4/0
Shank- Partridge of Redditch Intruder Shank 35mm
Thread- UTC Ultra Thread 210
Tail/Body- Deercreek Gliss n Glint (can probably be substituted with some kind of EP fibers)
Flash- Long holographic flash
Pyrex Fly rattle Large
Deercreek Diamond Hard UV-resin


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Coachman Trude Cripple

This cripple or spent caddis-type attractor dry worked well for us last season on the Yellowstone.
Hook: #16 std. dry.
Thread: 8/0 dark brown.
Tail: amber MFC Z-Yarn or similar, short.
Body: natural Arizona Synthetic Peacock (or two strands peacock herl).
Wing: white MFC Widow’s Web (or Zelon, or Puglisi Fibers, etc.) tied semi-spent.
Hackle: coachman brown saddle.

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HMG Stone Fly – Joe Nicklo


Hook………………………..Mustad 94840 size 8
Thread……………………..Uni 6/0
Tail………………………Peccary (Javalina)*
Body…………………………HMG hot melt glue
Thorax………………………HMG hot melt glue
Legs…………………………HMG hot melt coated turkey tail feather barbs
Eyes…………………………HMG hot melt glue
Wing pads…………………HMG hot melt glue
Segmentation…………….Tippet material
* Substitute paint brush bristle

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