Chris McCully

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101 Ways to Have Fun with Your Drop Net

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 at 08:28

Drop net It's not been bass weather. A planned trip for Monday last was scrapped, but not before I'd acquired a drop-net. (One of the marks we'd planned to fish during our aborted session was a pier: thus the drop-net.) Yet a drop-net needs some tinkering before it can become optimally efficient. Use the thing straight out of the packaging and the meshes, once dropped into the water, will float uselessly. And therefore you need to weight the bottom of the net so that the meshes will sink. Sheet lead is best. You can acquire this from building suppliers. You'll need about 350-500g of lead to weight your drop-net. I bend a lead strip around the small ring found at the bottom apex of the net, as shown in the photo.

These activities represent fishing-displacement at what is almost its finest. What a sparkling time I had, there with my drop-net and my strip of lead. And there are those who say I should get out more.

The eyes have it

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 at 09:40

Eyes Whatever (pike or) bass streamer you design and tie, I think it's important that fish representations stylise eyes and gills, which are prominent when you look at most bait-fish. I use small sizes of stick-on eye and finish the head with epoxy or Bugbond, which last cures in seconds. Before applying the resin I sometimes colour the thread with oil-based marker pens, including orange or red somewhere in the underlying dressing. If you don't or won't tie your own, try the smallest sizes of Delta Eel for bass (see top of this shot), which can be fairly readily cast on a fly-rod. This last is a tip from Mike Ladle, and a good one.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015 at 09:15

Sandeel This is the sandeel representation that took the bass pictured below. The body's comprised of white bucktail over which are laid some fibres of Flashabou or equivalent. Finish with stick-on eyes and Bugbond. Hook: any saltwater, #8-10. Length: 3-4". I pillaged some old pike streamers to make these.

Another tide

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 at 08:18

August bass Onshore wind, slightly murky water, milky light.... These weren't good conditions and on another evening tide I managed to catch only three bass, the best of them this fish of around 2lb. on a sandeel representation of my own design and tying. (Length of lure: around 4 inches.) It's always satisfying to design a pattern and find that it works.

A delight at Driffield

Friday, 7 August 2015 at 10:10

Driffield Beck Two astonishing days at Driffield Beck ( in the company of my old friend Markus Müller. Markus is - this will embarrass him - one of the best anglers I've ever fished with and on this visit to Yorkshire he astounded me by taking a 6¼lb. rainbow and a 3lb. grayling (see below) on consecutive days as well as some wild and stocked brown trout (to 1¾lb.) and some normally-sized grayling, which last were particularly good to see. To cap it all, Dave Southall, who was guiding a client on the beck, released a 2lb. 6oz. grayling, so we saw some big fish. For the record, the larger specimens were weighed (twice) in the net on a Salter scale. It wasn't easy - the beck was low, the wind blew, the fish were very spooky - but we had a splendid couple of days and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

6lb+ rainbow

Friday, 7 August 2015 at 10:08

6lb rainbow A 6¼lb. rainbow for Markus Müller on the Driffield Beck, East Yorkshire. An escapee, true, but a fish that has clearly been in the beck for some time and one of the bonniest rainbows I've ever seen.

2lb 6oz. grayling

Friday, 7 August 2015 at 10:07

2lb 6oz. grayling A 2lb 6oz. grayling for Dave Southall, who was guiding a client on the beck at the time of our visit. Wonderful fish.

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