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Forget The Forecast, Right?

Posted by chrisdore on July 15, 2018 at 7:40 PM


Playing with a few recently arrived lines... just couldnt wait to throw them, and #forgettheforecast right? Techy Thursday on my favourite winter kit coming soon...

Single Handed Spey and the Airflo Skagit Scout

Posted by chrisdore on July 7, 2018 at 8:55 AM


Recently I received a message from Rob asking if he can learn to spey cast and successfully swing flies with his everyday trout gear.


Here’s a secret: that trout rod you have in your garage will allow you to spey cast. Spey refers to a style of casting, and this can be performed with any fly rod, single or two ha...

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Rods in Transit

Posted by chrisdore on June 10, 2018 at 7:55 PM


So personally I'm not a fan of rods riding on bonnets and roofs, attached by a magnet or suction cupped contraption, holding on against the ever changing elements. There are too many trees around the tracks I drive, Suction lessens with time, moisture and temperature and road scum along with moisture weakens a magnetic grip.

Breaking rods down and packing t...

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Airflo Forge Flyline Review

Posted by chrisdore on June 5, 2018 at 7:50 PM


The Airflo Forge is the silent weapon, and a worthy addition to your stable.

With a heritage shared by the popular Platinum Chalkstream and Superdri Backcountry, the Forge is a price pointed flyline packing premium performance.

More on the aggressive side than the Elite presentation taper, the Forge delivers a non ridged, general purpose taper capable ...

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The Age Old Question...

Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM


Fluoro or co-polymer? Its a question I get often and it really all depends on the water you are fishing, and the way you fish IMO. Here Matt poses the question.


On 12/07/2017, at 2:52 AM, Matt wrote:


Hi Chris,

Hope you are well.

One / a few questions if you don’t mind but what are your...

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Waders - It's G4Z for Me!

Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 6:05 PM

I'm often asked by both anglers and guides the difference between zippered, and non-zippered waders and whether they’re worth it. The Simms G3 Guide Goretex wader is a champion: Guide tested, tough and the stalwart of the wader world. However sometimes you deserve a little more love so why not treat yourself? Let’s run the pros and cons of the Simms G4Z Go...

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Layer up and fish better this winter

Posted by chrisdore on May 17, 2018 at 5:50 PM


Winter's about to hit and even the hardiest of anglers put away their wet wading kit in favour of a good pair of waders, and never is it so important to consider your clothing system to remain warm and dry on the water. Your waders are only as breathable as what you wear beneath them, and your entire layering system works together to keep you comfortable a...

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Your Guide to Shooting Heads and How to Handle Them

Posted by chrisdore on May 14, 2018 at 10:30 PM


It’s that time again when the larger rivers, stillwaters, rivermouths and esturaries beckon as winter kicks in. Often, covering maximum water is the key to success in such places and your typical 30' cast won't get you too far at all.


Long belly fly lines offer fantastic control and distance, howeve...

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DIY Sink Tips. The Low-down

Posted by chrisdore on August 11, 2017 at 3:35 PM


When it comes to sink tips for two hand fly fishing we really are spoilt for choice. Flo tips and Salmon / steelhead weight polyleaders cover a wide range of angling conditions and are designed to be very angler friendly, however it is the nature of fly fishermen to tinker and customise our rig to better suit our style, the water, and sit...

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Need Boots?

Posted by chrisdore on June 22, 2017 at 7:50 PM


Looking to replace your boots after a hardcore season? Check out my advice here...

http://www.manictackleproject.com/techy-thursday-chris-boots-are-made-for-walking/