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The Sewin Flies of Wales

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 240

The sewin (Sea Trout) flies often used by Welsh anglers at the turn of the nineteenth century were comparable to those used for brown trout fishing during the same period. The rational behind this was the general belief by anglers that sewin were biologically similar to brown trout. This approach for using bulked out trout flies for sewin continued in Wales until the mid to late 1900s.

During the 1960s, Hugh Falkus challenged this principle in his seminal book sea trout fishing, 1962 where he brought about a new thinking which undoubtedly has changed the look of sewin flies. More recently, sewin flies have taken on many hair wing variations. Wings that are composed of hair give a far better colour pattern and generally more lifelike movement in deep, still pools and glides. Further more, modern variations have also seen flies take on more length, tandem hooks and also tube flies of three to four inches that are retrieved by slow and fast stripping of the line. In some respects, they almost represent reservoir lures. It is also worth noting that the use of surface flies is also becoming a common practice with some of the traditional floating fly patterns becoming favourable once again.

Fishing for sewin can be split into two distinct categories, day light fishing for when the river water levels are varying from high to low and night fishing for when the levels run from a medium height to low.

Daytime fishing typically demands the use of smaller patterns. You will also require an array of colour variations for different water conditions. For example, if a river is running down after a flood and still carries a small amount of colour, it is said that a silver bodied, coloured flies are extremely effective. Night fishing on the other hand demands flies that are generally over sized and carry silver bodies or marked colours. It is also worth noting that the definitive definition of night fishing is when the grass no longer appears green.

Tying sewin flies generally demands a good level of skill although there are a couple of patterns that are quite simple to tie, The Conway Badger and Conway Red being two examples. Tying materials, like most fly patterns vary but there are some common materials that are called for in most sewin patterns. These are silver wire, black silk, black floss, golden pheasant tippets, jungle cock and bronze mallard.

Sewin also have teeth so a secure finish on any sewin fly is absolutely essential.

To find our more about the fly tying materials available for sewin flies, visit the fly tying company.

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