Mike Heritage FFF MCI UK

Fly casting and talking fly casting bollox

Other Than Casting

Now I am back fishing regularly I have other things to think about than casting. Things like, why aren’t I catching fish? Or, why do my knots fail? Stuff like that. Knots are a bone of contention, for years I used a grinner for everything but they started to be unreliable for some reason. I put it down to old tippet material so binned the lot and bought new but the breakages still happened so I have temporarily turned to the good old blood knot, it has reduced the number of breakages but I am still not fully happy with it. The main weakness with the grinner was the tippet to leader knot, that was where 90% of my breakages were, I now use tippet rings and blood knot both sides. I need (don’t we all) to have confidence in my knots, I tend to play fish hard. Anyway I now spend time on the internet looking for alternatives to try out.
On the why aren’t I catching fish front, it’s that time of year when the fish are just cruising around taking something, I assume buzzers, just under the surface, and bloody frustrating they were becoming. If I fished buzzers they were ignored or I might pick up the odd one on an amber nymph, but nothing consistent. I eventually found the answer by mistake. I put on a fly I use for fishing deep, it’s taken the vast majority of the fish I have caught this year. I felt it tick something on the delivery cast and didn’t see the plop of it landing, I thought I had broken it off and started a fast figure of eight retrieve to check it and suddenly found myself connected to a 3lb rainbow. Result. I has three more in quick succession in the time I had before I had to pack up. That last one was best, it was as far as I could cast and took it within a couple of seconds of the fly landing. I get a real buzz from hooking a fish at long range, there is something special in seeing a flash of silver over 80′ away and knowing you are attached to it.


June 8, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. yeah, welcome to the world of fishing ! ūüėÜ
    what’s the magical fly, Mike ?

    Comment by Marc Fauvet | June 8, 2016 | Reply

  2. I am still working on it Marc. It’s kind of pt nymph but not pt lol, if it’s still catching in a few weeks I will post a pic of it. I just want to make sure it’s not a flash in the pan

    Comment by Mike Heritage | June 8, 2016 | Reply

  3. Three turn waterknot (surgeon’s knot) for leader knots and uni knot ( Duncan loop) to tie on flies works for me.

    Comment by tonyking74 | June 8, 2016 | Reply

  4. Hi Mike
    for river fishing I always attach the tippet to the main leader with a loop to loop connection. The loops are tied using a simple twisted figure of eight knot.

    Comment by Mark Roberts | June 10, 2016 | Reply

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