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Questions can be about any aspect of fly fishing, fly casting, casting instruction, fishing in Scotland or abroad, fly fishing courses, fishing flies, etc. The following is just a random selection of questions that have been send by readers and answered by Ally. If you have a question that you wish to ask please do not hesitate to complete the form.

Questions:

Fly boxes
Trout & grayling flies
Threading flies easily
Salmon in salt water

Fly boxes

Question: I am VERY new to the sport but have to ask this silly question. Why are some fly boxes water proof, while others are not?  It seems to me that it flies can't get wet then shouldn't they all be water proof? Is it really that important?

Answer: If flies get wet I a fly box they corrode so whatever type of box you use make sure that the flies are stored dry (sometimes they have to be removed from the box to dry them properly). Sometimes fly boxes get wet in your pocket so waterproof can be better. If you use a fly in salt water either never put it back in a box without rinsing it out thoroughly in freshwater and drying it to get rid of the salt or the flies (or box) will corrode. The worst experience I have had was when a fly box got saturated with coffee and I didn't realise that had happened until the following year, not a single hook survived!

Trout & grayling flies
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Question: What is the difference between grayling flies and trout flies?

Answer: Trout and grayling eat pretty much the same things. If anything grayling and more disposed to feed nearer the bottom than trout are and so nymphs and particularly heavy nymphs like the Czech types and gold heads not forgetting the Sawyer grayling bug are very useful for grayling. Traditionally it was said that grayling liked flies with a touch of red in them and the Red Tag is still a favourite wet fly. Others commonly used and successful for grayling are Snipe & Purple, Partridge & Orange, Waterhen Bloa, Woodcock & Hares Ear and of course the Hares Ear Nymph will catch almost anything.

Easy fly threading
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Question: For a fisherman with hand tremors, is there an easier way to attach flies to line?

Answer: There are fly boxes available that allow the flies to be pre-threaded onto fine wire loops so that the mono can be inserted through the large wire loop which is then pulled through the eye and easily threaded. There also ways of tying blood knots that make the process much easier. After the fly is threaded put two fingers through the loop and twist the number of turns you want keeping your fingers in the loop. Then catch the tag end of the mono between these two fingers and pull it through the loop.

Salmon in salt water
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Question: I am at present fishing a tidal section of a small river in Iceland. There are four holding pools, the deepest being around 5ft maximum at low tide, and 10ft on a high spring tide. Fish are moving in and out with the tide, and a few are staying put in the pools. The river is very low because of lack of rain so, other than tidal movement, flow is at a minimum. I have been enjoying limited success over low tide with micro tubes and size 10-14 singles and doubles, however once the tide hits the pools I am really struggling. My question is... Given the river is very low, should I stay with smaller flies and micro tubes over high tide, or switch to larger shrimp and sand eel representations to tempt the visiting fish?

Answer: It is very unusual to catch salmon in salty water, when the tide first touches a pool is a good time for a few minutes after that they usually do not take although you will see them showing until the tide has run a back a bit then they may become catchable again. If you find something that works I will be very interested to hear of it.
 
Reply: Thanks for your help Ally. If I find a way to catch them in the salt I will be sure to let you know.

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