What are Iain Barr World Champion's Choice fly selections?
These carded fly selections are themed mixtures of tried and tested fly patterns put together by Iain Barr, former World Champion. Widely regarded as one of the UK's finest ever competition fly fishers, Iain really knows what he's doing.
While there are no pictures of the fly selections on Iain's site, there are some brief details of what you get in each one. The card selections range from various derivatives of popular fly patterns, including buzzers, blobs, cormorants, diawl bachs, minkies, hoppers and klinkhammers, as well as specific selections based on their usage. They're not a bad idea if you struggle when choosing the right patterns.
Which fly selection do you have?
George has the Ellerdine Indicators pack, which as the name implies, contains a mixture of patterns designed for fishing our local small stillwater complex using floating line tactics. Having seen Iain fish at Ellerdine Lakes in the past - he certainly knows how to pick the right flies for the venue and the selection includes some patterns we regularly see in the catch returns book.
What are the flies like?
Fly quality is pretty decent. The flies are well tied and look consistent. The quality isn't comparable to really high-end ones from Fulling Mill, in my opinion. However, they are almost half the price, so they're arguably not a like-for-like match and, really, I'm just splitting hairs. They're certainly on par with most other shop-bought flies, that's for sure.
This selection includes a mixture of 12 buzzers, diawl bachs and crunchers as well as some really neat indicator flies. These patterns all work well at Ellerdine and the indicator flies often prove their worth, as loads of fish will hit the indicator itself at Ellerdine. There's nothing really "dirty" in here, apart from the egg fly - no chewing gum worms, squirmies or blobs - just a good selection of fairly sober patterns that work all year round.
The only minor downside is that, oddly, given that Ellerdine Lakes is a barbless flies only fishery, these are actually tied on barbed hooks so you'll still need to de-barb them before use.
How much do these fly selections cost?
George won this fly selection in a recent competition at Ellerdine Lakes. These carded fly selections usually sell for £10 and include 12 flies. That's very good value at under a pound per fly.
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