In 2005 I was invited to tie at the British Fly Fair at Stoke-on-Trent. Luckily for me, I was placed next to Enrico Puglisi from New York. As many of you are aware, Enrico has gained a worldwide reputation for wide bodied salt water flies and the material he has developed to tie them with.
I mentioned to Enrico that he might create a fresh water range as this material was amazing. His answer was that he didn’t know the freshwater scene and we left it at that. It was to be a year later before we met up again and this time he agreed, as long as I did it for him. That is how the Trigger Point International range came into being. The full story of how it was developed can be found here.
There are sixteen colours in the Trigger Point International range, which were purposely designed to match the wing colours found in nature. One of this range’s great assets is that you can blend the colours to match what you see. I suppose you could say we have done for winging material what dubbing has done for bodies. This material is not easy to get over here with only a couple of stores handling it but Hook Up Bait and Tackle does have some in stock and they can be contacted on 03-9758 4332, or it is freely available over the internet.
Just prior to the 2008 British Fly Fair International, I was invited by the crew from Shakespeare to fish the Lechlade trout fishery in Gloucestershire. As I was not fully prepared for a bit of fishing, I only had a few Laser Minnows Mark 2 and some Scruffies tucked away in a zip lock plastic bag for that ‘just in case’ situation.
During 2007 I had had a lot of success with the Laser chasing rainbows on my home waters, so it was a no brainer that they should not work at Lechlade; I mean fish are fish and all predators love bait fish.
Lechlade is a nine acre lake that is fully stocked with two pound plus trout; with some as large as twenty pounds swimming around if you can catch them. Adjoining is a 250 yard frontage on the River Leach, a wild brown trout stream and another lake called Bushyleaze, which is around 22 acres. Apart from a conference centre/restaurant and tackle outlet, there are a few cabins spread around the lakes so that one can get out of any bad weather, have a free coffee and enjoy those simple comforts that are needed to make your day just that little bit better.
I know what some of you may be thinking; stew ponds full of huge fish. Well, that could not be further from the truth; the fishing was not easy but the fish we caught were in great condition and fought like stocked lake fish that you may find here in this country. Both of these lakes are clear, limestone waters with an abundance of insect life and through the peak of the season, dry fly fishing is a favoured pastime.
Left:Hot Coffee on tap and a place to catch up, have lunch or a chat at the end of the day
I was there late in the season and ironically the fishing had been a little quiet until I put on the Laser Minnow and caught two in quick succession. Later in the session, in a different location, I actually dropped another two. I handed a Laser over to James Robbins of Shakespeare who was fishing just down from me and almost immediately he was also into a nice Rainbow.
Right: Using a net, not like me but, when in
Right: Using a net, not like me but, when in Rome.......
I asked the question at a fly club that I was giving a talk at just after our day at Lechlade, if it was common when you caught a couple of fish in one location it would then go quiet and you had to move on. They all nodded their heads in agreement. Those fish must talk to each other? These waters see a lot of anglers and it is not surprising that those fish are spooky.
The Laser Minnow Mark 2 has now taken trout in England, New Zealand, Tasmania and around my home waters at Eildon. You could say it has earned its place in my fly box.