A lovely site - thanks for taking the time. I really enjoyed it and am inspired to look into tying a few of my own flies. Excellent and an inspiration to me at my London desk. Thank you.
For some inspiration and thought your site is my number one stop. I am also jealous of your shed :)
name: Michael Lobato
location: Tallahassee Fla.
I'm enjoying viewing and learning about the diversity of flies ya'll tie across the 'bog pond'! Thanks for sharing your passion with us. ML
name: Sandfly (David Forrest)
The Best website ever on Scottish Fly Fishing . Very inspirational .
name: David Sunman
Keep up the great work!! I to- grew up haunting the Leven, Lomond,Endrick< if I could get my toll money back for that Erskine Bridge I could retire tomorrow. Once you learned to take fish on the fly from the Lomond system, the rest is easy. Regards D.S
name: John Lewis
Nice site, I have used several of the flies you discussed effectively for years. John
name: Dave Dawley
location: Rye, NH USA
Hi, Alan, just chatted with you on FOAL. You have one of the finest websites I have seen. My complimnents to you, Sir. Caed Mille failte !!!!!
location: Patagonia argentina ,
Hi , very intresting , i will like to share with you , and with the very nice scottish people , our place , here in the Patagonia, i do ty my flies , and my and my friends , practice the "caugh and release". just wanted to say to you , that is a very nice place you page , and whenever you want to kniw about fishing at the very south take a look , at for exemple, www.flyfishingargentina.com And keep that brave heart!!!! my regards Gabriel Sastre
name: Sandy nelson
Hi alan would just like to say ,lovely site and as a spiderman myself you're not the last of a dying breed.I like the Clyde style pics and I'll be ordering a couple of furled leaders by post shortly. Check out www.fishingthefly.co.uk if you havn't already for a few like minded fishers. Sandy
name: John Wason
location: Ayrshire, Scotland
I have just had a browse through your excellent website. Plenty of flies to try out this coming season. Will visit aga
location: from The Shotts
Hi, Looking for the patters for cylde flies. Contacted you last year for the Stank Hen pattern, tied as stated and would you know on it's first outing, no trout but a monster Grayling and I mean a monster. (released to fight another day) cheers
name: Mark Cheshire
location: Gordonsville, Tennessee, USA
Very enjoyable website, Just discovered it. I'm originally from Birminghan, England. The first river I ever fished was the Severn with my Father and Grand father on a split cane rod with a RED & WHITE SPOON (how vivid can memories be)caught a small perch! Learn't to flyfish age 9 in Derbyshire whilst living in Stone, Staffordshire. Great village for a young angler to be instilled with the true 'Vibe" of fishing. formerly lived in Bozeman Montana.mainly fishing the Gallitin and Yellowstone (Hyalite creek & the Gallitin probably my favourites!). You are absolutely correct to fish the wetfly. I believe personally that most anglers (like the rest of the world) are slaves to fashion, the media & a desire to keep up with the Jones's (again fashion). I have found throughout the years of experimentation and study (one of the worse things you can do is read the Swisher/Richards book "Selective Trout" it will make you want to see a therapist!!!)that the wetfly or nymph will produce more takes overall! The wetfly (in my opinion) having the advantage because it can be perceived as a drowning insect or (probably more importantly an emerger (which Swisher & Richards admit is the most deadly (my words)stage of an insects life cycle. Just spent the previous weekend in the great Smokey Mountains on a traditional British wetfly pattern only trip. most productive patterns, March Brown & Leadwing coachman fished an Alexander for 1/2 a day with nothing (I tried a local pattern The Tellico Nymph (size 14) the next day as a comparison and had several fish netted . I find that after years of trying to be an astute fisherman I continually fall back on wets or my own crosses between a wet & a lure (generally size 10/12) My most confident pattern that I fish whenever in doubt is a Peacock herl body (or substitute Pheasant over a padded underbody) with a Squirrel tail hair wing & tail (gold rib optional).and it doesn't seem to matter if you substitute hairs ear for the body. On fishless days spent "Matching the hatch" I'll fish either of these 2 patterns & start catching fish. the good old Coch-Y-Bondhu is another standby , fished wet (or dry on hot, summer days). Thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable website. All the best Mark Cheshire
name: simon paterson
at last a website i can learn from and understand, being a keen but novice fly fisher i have learnt a lot about flies, recognition and how to get the most out of them, keep up the good work. how do i go about fishing on some of the rannoch lochs, any info or advice much appreciated. thanks. simon
name: Colin Kerr
location: Coleraine,Northern Ireland
Hello Alan ,I found the site on Fly Fishing Forums .A great site dedicated to the traditional way of loch fishing for trout. By the look of things you enjoy your fishing and fly tying so good luck and all the best from The Quazi.
name: Philip Kingsnorth Gilman
location: Corralitos Calif. USA
Enjoyed your site and the claiming of a spot to tie some masterful flies to hunt the dream fishes of your local waters. Some day I hope to encounter the nocturnal contact with a big brownie. Thanks
name: John Sandness
location: BC Canada
Sir, Good site and I really like your fly tying hut. My wife puts up with my fly room in our house. Those dratted moths also periodically visit my room to raise their young. in my feathers. And since I sleep there the moth balls solution is out. Do you have any ideas? I too have a website should you wish to visit. I am 1/8 Scot with my Grandmother being a Craig. Enjoyed your thoughts on fishing and hope to get to Scotland someday. John in BC
name: Brian Neil
Hi, I have just taken up fishing after a twenty year absence, everything seemed to have changed, there was nothing that I recognised until I by chance found your web site. Thank you for restoring my faith in the flies and fly fishing that I remember.
name: Graham Brown
Brilliant site, I have a passion for this fishing also.
Brilliant site, helpfull host and a reminder of what fishing is all about. Not a lure in sight.......great.
Enjoyed your site. Looking forward to a successful season chasing the broonies. Caught my first salmon last year. Next one will be on fly! Best fishing is a remote loch, alone or with one good friend!
location: Virginia, USA
Wonderful site! Thank you for the work you put into it. I am still dreaming of a fishing trip to Scotland to take in some fishing and to visit "my people" in the Clan MacLeod. Thanks again and tight lines!
name: harry wallace
location: western connecticut usa
I always like to check out your superb traditional flies. I commented on them to you a while back.I am off to Bavaria for three months ,mid March...Will be fishing my beloved Clyde at the end of each month. Cheap flights to Stanstead, then up to Prestwick, where i come from. After German trip, home to Scotland for three weeks .I think i'll just pitch a tent at Wolfclyde bridge!!!!! Keep up the good work. Harry Wallace.
name: Tom McFadden
Hi Alan, Great website! Just wanted to drop a line to ask you the body material for your Hairy Mary pattern. It was not listed in your recipe. Is it a blue floss? If so what particular blue. Thanks Alan Tom McFadden
name: Andrew Hyde
location: North Yorkshire
A wonderful site!
The Site is excellent..!! Wish you all the best..
name: Don Whittle
Hi Thanks for the insight. As a starter to fly fishing ( at 56 years of age) I read with fascination the time you dedicate to your sport. Being still at the early stages everything seems confusing to what originally appeared to be a relaxing hobby, but one that has slowly crept up and mesmerised me. Now all I have to do is hide the true cost of all the "absolutely necessary" bits and pieces I need to buy. Thanks Don
name: harry wallace
location: connecticut usa
You maybe could help me with the dressing for a fly i want to tie.I would like to find the dressing for a "border greenwell".If you can, it would be most appreciated.If not, no problem. I always like to check out your site.Great flies and extremely well tied. Best wishes, Harry Wallace.
Hi there, just read and thoroughly enjoyed your article "...Dap and cow pat" in the lastest Fish Wild.Is it the wee river Calder and Queenside Loch in Murshiel Country Park you are describing?if so i still try to fish them at least once a season,and theyre still full of wee fat trout(with the odd bigger one too) ;-) cheers paul
name: Peter Snell
email: petersubmariner@btinternet .co
location: Grimsby UK
Congratulations on a very interesting website on fly fishing, one of the best I've visited, most educational, I am, to say the least, impressed. I can't understand why you've never heard of Charles Jardine tho'!!
name: Alex Argyros
location: Dallas, TX, USA
Dear Alan, You've constructed a website that combines love for fly fishing, poetry, and good, solid information. Kudos. One question, though. For traditional wet fly fishing, do you prefer mono or flurocarbon tippets on your leader? Thanks, Alex
name: j pirrit
Hi,can you still get a copy of(lets fish the clyde)by robert c sharp, john
hi there liked ur site very imformative. i noticed you fish the river gryffe.i have recently joined the abercorn angling club and would like to do a bit of grayling fishing this winter can u tell me if the gryffe still holds these fish in any numbers also any advice on techniques and best areas to fish would be most welcome. cheers garry
name: Harry Carr
location: North Wales
Thanks for two things first a brilliant site but unfortunately the second is she who must be obeyed saw your home page now she wants me and my flies out of the house. Now I have to build a shed. Tight lines
name: Sarah Ade
location: Dumfries & Galloway
Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to suggest a reciprocal link to my dad’s website. His name is Robin Ade and he is a renowned fish and nature artist both nationally and internationally. He also has two fish books published, ‘Fisher in the Hills; A Season in Galloway’ and ‘The Trout and Salmon Handbook; A Guide to the Wild Fish’. Please take a look at his website www.robinade.com Best wishes, Sarah Ade
name: stuart hoppe
Great web site Alan,I fish mainly for sea trout in Ireland but love wild brown trout fishing as well have you tried jungle cock eyes on the Blue Zulu for sea trout they love it.I have been fishing for 50 years and still love the feeling you get before going out fishing will he take the next cast or not? Tight Lines Alan
name: Andrew Hyde
location: Masham, North Yorkshire
A fabulous website, extremly informative, time and time again I return to this site for useful information. Just makes me want to be on one of those wonderful Scottish Loch's.
Keep up the good work!
name: Scott Bleiler
All I can say is THANK YOU!! I am fully in love with your wonderful webpage and I wish there were a thousand others like it. Never have I seen the 'Clyde' style flies. I do believe they are to be my new favorites. I am a long time lover of the North Country Wets, the partridge family, the Sly Nemes patterns, they represent everything that I love about fly tying. You have given my great inspiration with your work. I would greatly appreciate any further insights you could share on Clyde and Loch style wet flies as I utterly fascinated.