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Filling The Flybox #5

wlaa Mon, 03/07/2016 - 13:49

In this video I'm tying another simple dry fly that uses only two materials, the F-fly. To me this is an essential fly to have in your river flybox and it's one that you can spend the whole day fishing. Whether there's a Caddis, Stonefly or Mayfly hatch this fly seems to cover it. It's such an easy fly to modify too, add a shuck, tails, ribs, dubbing it's all good. Colours are also great to use in this fly, got some pink CDC ?, great! use it. An all round top fly!

Photo Gallery

wlaa Sat, 03/05/2016 - 22:32

We have added a new photo gallery to the website, this will be updated regularly with new images from around the River Almond. If you would like to have a photo in the gallery please email it to wlaa@gmx.com

Facebook Group

wlaa Tue, 03/01/2016 - 11:59

We now have a Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/165816723790333 (Facebook account required)

If you would like to join the group and connect with members please follow the above link and request to join.

Don't forget we are also on twitter @WestLothianAC and you can also discuss anything to do with the river over on our Forum http://wlaamembers.freeforums.org/

Filling The Flybox #4

wlaa Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:01

Here's number 4 in the flybox, Black Spider, a great pattern to have from day one till the season closer. It's a fly I've spend many a great day with and will get plenty of use this season. If you have been followinig this series of blog posts you'll have noticed a theme to my flybox for 2016, simple flies. I've spent years tying all manner of flies using a huge range of materials but over the last few years I've steadily worked my way back to basics thining what I can remove from a fly rather than what I can add.

Filling The Flybox #3

wlaa Wed, 02/24/2016 - 13:43

This fly has been a regular for me for many years and as well as being one of the simplest flies to tie it's name doesn't lie, it kills like no other fly I know. I once hit ten fish on the bounce from the tennis courts using this fly during one of my most productive fishing sessions ever, I have never repeated this feat but it's a memory I'll not soon forget.

Fly Tying Nights

wlaa Fri, 02/12/2016 - 14:17

We are organising a new monthly fly tying group and are looking for members who are interested in tying their own flies to get in touch. The group isn't focused on teaching fly tying however there will be experienced tyers attendning and equipment available so if you are a novice you'll be in good hands. If this takes off we will hire a regular room in Livingston and mark it in the diary as an ongoing event. To justify room hire and purchase of equipment we need at least ten members in regular attendence.

Filling The Flybox #2

wlaa Fri, 02/12/2016 - 14:02

Compartment 2 of the 2016 flybox is a basic buzzer. This is the only buzzer I use these days, nothing fancy and again only two materials, thread and wire. Thread colour and wire are personal choices, my choices are dictated by what I have in the cabinet and the three that I've tied for compartment 2 are black with red wire. I'm not mad about buzzers but they can be useful at times, on the river I usually fish this fly under a spider.

Filling The Flybox

wlaa Mon, 02/08/2016 - 17:28

I'm currently tying my 2016 Almond flybox and while it may not have all the fancy flies I used to carry I'm quite sure it will do just as well. The last couple of seasons have seen only one fly in the box and last season I chopped the hook and went hookless. This year however I'm planning to fill all 12 compartments with different flies, Wow! 12 flies, seems like a lot. While tying today I decided to turn on the phone and record a wee video of the first fly to hit the new box and I share it with you below.

Dateline: Monday, February 1: 10.30am

wlaa Mon, 02/08/2016 - 17:24

The Lothians continue to be battered by rain and high winds and the Almond is raging, that is before Hurricane Henry, the eighth named storm of the current winter season, dumps whatever on our area.
I’m now trying to avoid the doom and gloom which is the nightly weather forecast but, I understand, more rain, high winds and misery is forecast.
Does the weather not respect the start of the salmon fishing season? Obviously not.

Driving To Mid Calder

wlaa Sat, 01/30/2016 - 19:30

Driving to Mid Calder on a chilly, damp night in January, with sleet falling and the temperature dropping sharply, to attend a meeting would not rank at the top of many people’s social agendas.
But this was the night of the AGM of the West Lothian Angling Association (WLAA) and being a rookie on the river I was interested to hear more having returned to fishing after a 40-year gap. Sadly, work intervened.
I was first to arrive and the hall was empty, but it soon began to fill and the welcome was warm.