Garmin Echo 301dv Delights Anglers with Its Simple Price And Great Features

Product Features


The Echo 301dv is a fish finder that uses sonar technology to detect both aquatic life and other materials both in shallow and deep water.

Build Quality

It has a 3.5” display screen with a backlight feature and 300W power capacity. Garmin has come up with a new feature in this device, and that is the  Smooth Scaling graphics feature.


It is very economical and with this price, you cannot expect anything more. The DownVu sonar technology that it offers has the capability to reach depths of 1,750’ maximum.


Though there are more expensive alternatives available on the market, the Echo 301dv makes the perfect choice for those with a limited budget.


Piscifun Sports Shoulder Bag Fishing Tackle Bag Review

Product Features


Ergonomic single strap for comfort
Super 420D PVC Canvas Material that is light weight and easy to carry around
Designed with a variety of different purposes in mind.

Build Quality

Tough design
8 Multi-pockets
The large main pocket is 8.27″ x 8.27″ x 2.95″.
Multiple colors to choose from.


Sells anywhere from $20 -$40 depending on which color and offer that is on. For that money is a great bag.


Ratings on Amazon tell the story many happy customers. The multi-function option and versatility of the bag make it a winner.


Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel Review

Product Features


 Machined CDC T6 aluminium alloy all weather condition toughness. Should work well for most fishing species.

Build Quality

Cold forged for extremely durable wear.  Adusting the drag is simple but may be a bit loose for some and easily knocked,


There are many reels on the market around this price although the machined quality of this reel is very impressive.


Overall, reel is well made and has good durability. If looked after should last a long time. Some have complained about the drag however.


Some Useful Knots for Fly Fishing

Mikael Frodin a top fly tyer, salmon angler, guide and instructor has done a series of knots for fly fishing. Mikael if you are not familiar with works for Guideline Fly Fishing testing and helping to design products. A master shooting head caster Mikael has helped develop the Double and Triple density fly lines in the Guideline range.


As part of his experience in fly fishing Mikael has tested and worked with many knots and has decided on these 6 to teach you. If you have spent any time on the river fishing you will have no doubt lost fish to weak knots. With this series of knots you should have any situation covered with knots that are easy to tie and strong. 

The Perfection Loop

A great knot to tie leader material to the loop at the end of your fly line when it doesn’t have build in loops.

Can also be used to tie flies to the end of your leader to give them more movement.

The Improved Albright

Second in the series a knot to attached leader material to your fly line.

A bit fiddly to do on the bank side but a strong knot that shouldn’t let you down.

The Double Eight

A good knot for forming loops on the end of your hand made leader.

Great for joining loop to loop connections ad keeping it simple.

The Leader Knot

When building your own leaders attaching different strengths of material together makes them turn over better in the cast.

This knot makes it simple without getting tangled up when casting.

The Clinch Knot

Fishing tube flies is more and more common and this knot is great for attaching the hook to the leader material.

The extra tucking of the tag end means it should not slip and loose you a fish.

The Steering Knot

A common problem with hook flies is most knots allow them to slip on the leader material so they don’t fish correctly.

This knot eliminates that problem and keeps the fly swimming properly throughout the cast.

How to Fix Damaged Neoprene Wellington Boots

You are probably well aware that neoprene wellington boots are not cheap. In fact you can pay in excess of £200 for some of the top brands. With a price ticket like that you want to get the most wear out of them as you can.  In the top brands wearing them out can take some time which is good news. For instance I have a pair of Toggi Wanderer Plus and have been wearing them for 5 years now.

I go fishing and walking my two dogs in them and haven’t had any problems up until this last year when I cut a small crack in the upper foot on one and a small crease in the gusset flap on the buckle section on the other. Although I am fairly careful in the wearing of my wellington boots but it’s not always easy to keep them un-scathed when chasing your dog out of a river or over rocks and the like.

Rather than throw them out as the tread is still good I decided to do a repair on them instead. Afterall £90 for a new pair is a lot more than I want to pay right now and a tube of stormsure aquasure is only £6. OK so onto the repair.

The first step in repairing the neoprene wellington boot was to make sure they were reasonably clean as the sealant I was going to use needs a clean footprint to cure properly. I simple got a cloth and washed the boots all around the damaged area and rinsed off several times.

I then let them dry off to ensure no water remains to upset the sealant curing. Next I opened the sealant and run a small drop along the crack in the wellington boot opening up the crack to ensure the sealant got right in there. I rubbed this with my finger which was covered with the plastic bag glove that came in the stormsure sealant pack.

Once happy it was well covered I left to cure laying flat so the sealant wouldn’t run too much. On the pack it states it takes 2 hours to be touch dry and 10-12 hours to be cured completely depending on atmospheric conditions. I left it for a couple of hours then put another layer on over the hole and pushed in around the edge leaving a good border around the crack.  This was also left to cure.

On the other boot which had the leak in the gusset I put in a piece of wood to wedge it open and got to work rubbing in the sealant into the cracks. Again leaving to dry for a few hours before adding another layer. The both boots were left to cure overnight before using.

To test I took them to the beach where I normally go to walk the dogs. I stepped into the water and gave it a few minutes to test if there was a leak. Happily the sealant was holding and no water got it. Another pair of boots saved from recycling and will hopefully give me another few years happy walking and fishing.

The benefits of this flexible sealant is it moves and flexes with your foot and doesn’t crack like other glues or patches. I find stomesure great for these holes and also for loads of other applications including when putting on braided loops onto my fly line. Fixing my breathable chest waders along with other useful patching work like camping tents, waterproof clothing, groundsheets, leaky seams, wetsuits, inflatable toys, airbeds, and loads of other materials.  

After using your stormsure make sure to put on the lid tightly place in a plastic bag and put into your freezer, that way it will not cure in the tube and spoil. You can simply bring out let un freeze and re-use for another time. It will keep this way for quite some time.

Dry Trout Fly Patterns

One of the main groups of trout fly pattern is dry fly. These are tied with a bushy appearance sometimes with a split wing sitting tied in spinner style. A great material used on many patterns is CDC or cul-de-canard or duck’s bottom as it is close to the preen gland on the duck it is very buoyant and good to use on dry flies. As the name suggests the fly is to remain dry so floats on top of the water. Lets look at dry trout fly patterns the differences and how to fish them.

Some fly fishing anglers feel the pinnacle of fly fishing is the visual nature of dry fly fishing. You cast the fly it lands on the water you watch you fly move in the current and then you watch as a trout inhales your fly. This visual nature is very exciting and one that bring the fly fishing angler back again and again to fish. I have to agree it is a brilliant way to fly fish for trout or other species. (more…)

Wet Trout Fly Patterns

There are only two types of trout fishing flies light and dark within these there are many sub categories and types including dries, nymphs, sedges, midges, daddies, bumbles, and many more. One of the main groups and the one we are interested here in is wet trout fly patterns.  

It would probably be accurate to say that wet fly fishing is the most practiced in the world. Beginners would normally start with these as they are easy to get used to and very attractive to fish so the catch rate is high. It would also be true to say that armed with only a few wet trout fly patterns can set you up for fishing a large number of species. (more…)

Shooting Head Lake Fishing

shooting head lake fishing

Fly fishing on a still water is a lot different to fishing a river as the water in front of you is usually fairly motionless. On a river the flow of the river allows tension to be kept on the fly line to allow for easier casting. On a still water or lake this can be difficult with normal weight forward or double taper lines. This is why the manufacturer of shooting heads has been a welcome addition to the fly anglers kit. Shooting head lake fishing allows for the fly fishing angler to get extra distance from the shore or boat meaning they can cover more water with each cast. (more…)

How To Use Fly Line Backing

fly line backing

When setting up your fly fishing rod one of the pieces that often seems to get missed or not correctly applied is the need for proper quality fly line backing.  Some anglers have just put the fly line directly onto the reel and wondered why they lost their fish after a short burst down stream.

Others wondered why their fly line is sitting in coils on top of the water surface when it should be lying straight. Well I can tell you correct applied quality fly  line backing will make for a more consistent cast and protect your rod and line from being broken by large fish that want to run.

The need for backing line is plain to see, you need to allow fish to run when they want to and the usual 30 yards of fly line will not allow a fish to run especially if it is a large species. I have had fish run 200 yards hoping they will stop before they hit the end of the line and not being able to do anything about it. (more…)

Polyleaders for fly fishing turnover and depth control

Polyleaders were developed originally by Airflo UK to help with casting turnover. Before they were developed hand made tapered leaders was probably the best way to get the energy from the cast to slow down to present the fly gently on the water.

However homemade tied tapered leaders don’t start with the same profile as the end of the fly line and can hinge when casting which is disastrous to your cast. That and the addition of extra knots into the fly leader setup makes for more problems that can occur. For a cast to be presented well you want it to unfold in the air and straighten out into a nice line as it lands on the water so the fly normally at the end of the leader lands with a gentle plop and not a smash as most often happens. With this you are presenting your fly in a way that will not spook timid trout and will increase your catch rate which is what we all want. 

polyleaders for fly fishing turnover

Polyleaders were designed on the same principle as fly lines consisting of a poly outer layer and a nylon core. They then measure at the thick end the same size diameter as the end of your fly line so the transfer of energy is smooth and the addition of ready attached loops makes the job of switching them a breeze. (more…)

How to Trout Fish with a Fly Rod – Part 5 the Fly Line Profile

how to trout fish the fly line profileIn the last post we discussed some of the physical attributes of fly lines. These included color, density and weight. Fly lines have a lot more going on than these including front taper, head, back taper, belly, and running line. These characteristics are mostly to do with the aerodynamics of the fly line how it handles in the the air when casting etc. Some of these characteristics also effect the handling when in the water for retrieval etc we will discuss these and look at what types of line to look for when fishing different locations and water types.

The fly line is made from one continuous piece of core line covered with different layers of polymers to create the different densities of line. These polymers are laid down to create a thickening of the line as it progresses from the tip until its thickest part then it tapers down again until the end of the line. The differences in these tapers have been developed to produce new types of fly line. (more…)

How to Trout Fish with a Fly Rod – Part four, the Fly Line

the fly line

In the last post we looked at the fly fishing reel which holds the fly fishing line. The fly line is the part that takes the flies out into the water so we can catch fish and trout. In traditional bait and spin fishing the line either monofilament, fluorocarbon or braid, is a lot thinner and more supple than the fly fishing angler line.

The fly line is usually much thicker, comes in many colors and is about 30 yards long. When correctly matched to the fly rod and reel the line allows us to cast our flies out onto the water with an action that lifts many yards of line at a time, forces it behind us and then out again onto the water.

This action called the overhead fly fishing cast is the basic form of fly fishing and the one most practiced. OK that’s the basics lets see what to look out for when learning how to trout fish with a fly rod using a fly line.

There are many permutations to fly line and this seems to increase every year as manufacturers come up with new enhancements for us to try on our favorite waterways and rivers. Fly lines come in different weights, colors, densities and multi-variations of the same. Lets look at these in order to discover the differences and how they can effect the fishing performance. (more…)

How to Trout Fish with a Fly Rod – Part three, the Fly Reel

fly fishing reel

The next thing to consider in the building of our fly fishing kit is the fly fishing reel. This piece of equipment is required to hold the fly line. Truth be told we could fish without it but you would have a lot of fly line lying around your feet causing all sorts of mayhem with your casting so it is better to have the reel to contain the line and help us retrieve it without getting caught up in the vegetation along the riverside etc.

There are several options to think about when choosing the reel for your fly fishing. These include the size, the capacity, the material it’s made from, the tension mechanism, the color and spare spools. There are many reasons to pursue these features which we will go through in this post. (more…)

Faughan Anglers AGM 2014

NB:This report is based on my opinion and understandings from the meeting and not that of the Faughan Anglers, I was not given any figures or reports first hand this is all from my notes. If you find errors below please contact me to put them correct.

The Faughan Anglers had their AGM on 5th March 2014 to discuss the previous season and changes to the following new 2014 season. Of approximately 800 members there were no more than 100 present which was a poor turn out compared to the previous years AGM.

The meeting opened with a minutes silence for past members and was then followed by the introduction of Ross Brown from the Green party who has been working with the Faughan Anglers on the recent legal case with the DOE. Ross is one or Stephen Agnew’s researchers and introduced himself and explained his roll and the Green party’s role in the illegal dumping situation at Mabouy road.

Mabouy road lagoon

image courtesy Google maps


How to Trout Fish with a Fly Rod – Part two, the rod.

So in the last post we talked in general about trout fishing and what equipment is required to start off as a beginner. Now we shall go into more depth in each area so you can better understand the sport. In this post we shall discuss the differences in makes and models of trout fly rods.

how to trout fish with a fly rod part two

First off each fly rod is stamped with a line rating on its butt section. This line rating is designed to allow you to match up the correct fly line and reel so the setup is balanced and suitable for casting properly.


How to Trout Fish with a Fly Rod, the Basics!

Trout fishing is a great pass time and I find even better when using a fly fishing rod. Fly fishing is the sport of casting a fly using a fly rod out onto the water.

This is different than fishing with a spinning rod, bait rod or jerk rod as flies are tied using fur and feathers onto hooks and so don’t involve baits or spinners.

This is perfect for those who are a bit squeamish and don’t fancy hooking up bait onto hooks. So if you are intrigued lets go further and discover how to trout fish with a fly rod.

Trout are mainly a freshwater species and can be found all over the world in rivers and lakes. There are many different sub species including brown trout, rainbow trout, sea trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, and many more.

Some trout species go to salt water for a few seasons returning to rivers to spawn and included in these are the sea trout and rainbow trout otherwise known as steelhead. As you can see from such a diverse species covering large areas and habitats there comes many forms of fishing for them.

how to trout fish with a fly rod the basics


Barbless hooks, are they good for fly fishing?

When I first started fly fishing all those years ago there was no such thing as barbless hooks for trout fishing, well not that I noticed anyway. Most of your catches were kept back then however as time has progressed things have changed.

It is now more the norm to release your catch back into the ecosystem you caught it so future anglers will hopefully have the pleasure of partaking in the sport. The only thing that wasn’t kept back thirty years ago was the small under sized fish that were deemed by the fishing agencies to be returned.

When I think about it, some of the small trout I caught back then went back bleeding and probably swam off to die. Well I was only starting out back then and didn’t know anything about barbless trout flies. All the flies I tied were on fully barbed hooks as this was the norm. So my question is; barbless hooks are they good for fly fishing? Let discuss to see the differences.

Many tackle changes over the last thirty years!

barbless hooks for trout fishing

Fly fishing in general has under gone many changes over the last thirty years. Tackle improves every year. Fly rods are much stronger and lighter, same with fly fishing reels. Fly lines are now made with poly-coated layers with braided cores and the terminal tackle, the flies, are now made with chemically sharpened points hooks. To top this off barbless trout flies now are more common.

The barb when first conceived was to hold the fish in place so it could not fall off the hook and escape. This was very important back when things got started as fishing was more of a necessity for feeding the family than a sport as it is today. (more…)

Trout Flies Sale

When fly fishing you will need to build up over time a selection of trout flies. There are many types, sizes and colours to choose from so it can become fairly expensive to build a large collection.

If you target different species of trout you will also have to buy specifically for those species some can crossover but many are designed solely for the trout they are made for.

This along with trout damaging them with their teeth and you loosing them to bank side vegetation can all add to the cost. This is where it is beneficial to find a trout flies sale.

Olive George Trout Fly


Faughan Anglers AGM

The river Faughan Anglers held their Annual General Meeting on the 13th March at the Du Pont recreation club. There was a good attendance which no doubt was the result from the worrying letter send out to the members telling them of the agenda. The letter stated that the new season’s permit prices were to be increased by £20 from £100 to £120 due to a legal action that has been put in place to protect the river from various environmentally unstable activities.


The meeting opened with the latest catch returns for the season 2012. Total number of Salmon caught 2699 with 1526 being duly released and was on the increase and now more than 56% of the catch return figure. The average weight of fish was 6lb which is great to see. This is up from 2011 when the catch figure was less than half at 1295. Catches of Sea trout were 486 with 293 being released again. This figure is down by 100 from the 2011 season. Which worries me as catching sea trout was were I learn’t my skills as a fly fisherman.

Gill tag situation for the incoming season is reflective of the good numbers and will continue as far as the committee knows at 10 tags per angler. 1 blue tag for a Spring Salmon and 9 black for grilse salmon. How these are distributed is still not know but more than likely one tag at a time will be issued as they are used. The directors made a plea for all anglers to behave responsibly when handling fish and told us all that we are to treat them as the precious commodities they are and they are not to be launched from the banking as had been reported back to the committee from previous seasons. Anglers who do that do not deserve to be allowed to fish the water as that kind of behavior is a cause on the increasingly poor returns. (more…)

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