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Stuart Smith - Scotland

Stuart Smith Fly Dresser for Deer Creek

Stuart Smith Fly Dresser for Deer Creek

Stuart Smith Fly Dresser for Deer Creek

Stuart Smith Fly Dresser for Deer Creek

Stuart Smith Fly Dresser for Deer Creek

Stuart Smith Fly Dresser for Deer Creek

I started fishing when I was six with my dad in the sea for flounders which soon led onto fishing a little burn behind our house for trout. We used worms and maggots, sometimes with a little float until I heard about a fly tying class in my local school.

That was 24 years ago and I have been tying a few times a week since then. I now tie flies for everything, and have fished in 13 countries around the world. I tie flies from size 28 micro nymphs for spooky trout and grayling right up to 10/0 for sharks. In the last 6 years I have been targeting large river browns, pike, and pollock on the fly and grayling throughout the winter. I mainly target pike in Highland lochs from a float tube and big river trout with streamers. These big Scottish Highland lochs are completely different to low lying lochs,  even their spawning time is a few months later due to the time it takes them to warm up a bit.
My streamer journey started over a decade ago due to watching a Kelly Galloup video. I was amazed with the flies and completely different fishing style he was using and also the fish he was taking with these flies. He is just so passionate about them and my imagination ran wild about all the pools and runs i've fished over the years that I could fish a streamer through. I was very lucky because I had a 4.5lb wild river brown trout on my first day out using these big flies and strange fishing style as I called it. That was me hooked for life. I started fishing streamer for trout in river and hill lochs and the stamp of fish I was catching went up. It opened up so many doors for me to learn. The biggest one was with the fly lines. He talked about homemade sinking lines with short heavy heads so I bought a load of mill end lines and started spending hours on the grass along the road from my house making up my own lines to cast these flies at close quarters. It didn't take long for the progression to fly fishing for pike.
This is what I spend most of my time hunting these days. They are just such an awesome fish, ugly but beautiful, aggressive but delicate. There’s just something about watching one of these fish smash a fly that I love. It’s like a drug that I can’t get enough of. My fly tying is a big part of my fly fishing. When sitting at the vice i am always trying to make my flies swim better and catch more fish. I love tying new and different styles of streamers and imagine the waters i'm going to fish with them while i'm tying them. With predator flies I have found the trick with them is to make them so the don’t swim right. When you strip them through the water you want them to track straight with a wee bit of a side to side swimming movement but when you stop it I like it to either kick off to the side, dive in a slow ark or even crumple up on itself with this Im trying to imitate an injured or dying fish so it is an easy target for the pike to take. A lot of the time the pike with hit the fly on the pause. The only way I can describe it is I want the fly to act drunk.
As well as the swimming action another trick when tying these big flies is trying to achieve a big bulky fly which has a huge silhouette but is light to cast and drops most of the water when lifted out to re cast. To do this I use a lot of synthetic materials like gliss n glint and baitfish fibre from Deer Creek. The material doesn't absorb water and has a little crinkle to it so it give you the bulk.
I tie at a few shows and game fairs every year and help out at a fly tying club in the winter doing demos and teaching.  I really enjoy doing this and hope to do more because it is a great opportunity to meet other tiers and learn new styles of tying and hopefully pass on some of my experience to others and gain new ideas. With my fly tying I hope to inspire others especially the younger generation to take up this fantastic hobby (some would say it was a lifestyle choice) and keep the sport alive for many years to come. I am very passionate about the welfare of fish and I want future generations to have even better fishing then we have today.
About three years ago I was asked to be part of Deer Creek which has been a fantastic opportunity.  I am truly honored to be part of this great family.  It has given me the chance to meet some fantastic people from all round the world who love the sport so much. They have a fantastic range of materials which are perfect for tying big flies. Using these materials my tying has improved ten fold. The profiles and colour combos you can achieve with blending these materials are truly amazing paired with the deer creek uv resin I can sit at my vise for hours upon hours.
I also have had the honor of being ask to be an ambassador for the Wild Society App. This new, up and coming app is a community of passionate anglers and hunters from around the world. Over the coming years I am going to contribute as much as I can to it, sharing my adventures and hope to inspire more people to get into this sport we all love
My fishing trip and adventures can be found on Stuart Smith Fly Tying on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and the Wild Society App.

 

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