Tacky fly boxes – now in stock

Tacky Fly Boxes – now in stock after taking out best new accessory at the recent International Fly Tackle Dealers show. A slim box with ‘tacky’ (grippy) slit-rubber design that won’t wear out like foam inserts, heat resistant so it won’t de-laminate, and constructed with crush resistent poly carbonate. This is my new favourite box! http://flyshop1864.com.au/shop/accessories/tacky-fly-boxes-now-in-stock/

tacky fly box

Also in stock for the fly tyers are new Hare’s masks, whiting saddles, UV Bug Bond, flashabou, EP Fibres, Steve Farrar flash blend, bronze mallard, veniard UV straggle, bulk tungsten beads (on request), flat pearl braid, glo-bug yarn, booby-eyes and hopper bodies. We’ll be adding these to the online shop over the next week. Thanks, Dan.

hares mask

September fly tying pattern winners & October guidelines

The theme for our September fly tying competition was baitfish, with Scott’s ‘ B.R. Minnows’ whitebait pattern taking out top gong. It is a very functional fly, perfect for fishing subsurface with little or no retrieve. The body was innovative, blending EP Fibres and Orvis Ice dub, which was then stacked, packed and trimmed to form the great baitfish profile. Well done Scott, and also to Nik B. with his second place BMS style patterns.

October Entries: The theme for this month is river mayflies! Send us two copies of your best river mayfly pattern, along with the ingredients list by the end of the month, and you’ll be in the running for our $50 first prize voucher, or the $25 second prize voucher.


Thanks, Daniel and Simone.

August fly tying competition winner & September competition details

The theme for the August fly tying competition was caddis, and I expected to see a lot of Stick Caddis and pupae-style nymphs among the entries. Whilst the stick patterns were popular, the winner was actually an innovative caddis emerger pattern from Harry, a local Launceston teenager. Well done Harry, your $50 voucher is waiting for you at FlyShop 1864!

Harry’s emerger features a great soft-hackle style collar, and a rusty-red body segmented with a palmered hackle of ostrich herl. I think it would be deadly on the slower pools, and perfect for the St Pat’s, North Esk and upper Meander rivers. The pattern could be fished under a dry, or swung down-and-across.

The theme for the September competition (get your entries to us by the 30th of September) is baitfish! Baitfish are often the go-to pattern during September, with spawning galaxia creating awesome wet-fly fishing opportunities in the highlands, and schools of migrating whitebait leading to exciting sea-trout fishing conditions in the estuaries… BMS style flies, Zonkers, Buggers and Fuzzle flies are all themes to work with, but remember, keep them simple to tie, and simple to use. Send us two copies of your favourite pattern, along with the details of how to fish it, and how it is tied. We look forward to seeing them! The winning entry will receive a $50 FlyShop 1864 voucher, and second place receives a $25 FlyShop 1864 voucher.

Thanks, Daniel and Simone, FlyShop 1864, 45 Cameron Street Launceston.



FlyShop 1864 Fly Tying Classes for 2013

We are pleased to announce that we are again offering our fly tying classes from April 2013. Come in and learn to tie for the first time, or develop your skills during our intermediate classes, and tie some of our favourite patterns. Stay tuned for dates, or register your interest with Simone, in-store.

Thanks, Dan and Simone.



July fly tying competition winners, August competition now open

Here are the winning and favourite entries from July’s fly tying competition. The theme was ‘midges’, with Phil from Hobart taking out the $50 first prize voucher, with his innovative midge emerger. The impressive part of Phil’s tie was the way that old stocking was stuffed with seal’s fur, which in turn was then teased out with Velcro, to produce an almost unsinkable, highly-visible post.

Second place went to Alan from Launceston, with his tidy ‘Fore and Aft’ Griffiths Gnats. Alan’s variation of the classic midge dry fly won second prize for its simplicity, which is one of the keys to a great fly design.

Finally, a mention should go to a couple of midge pupae we received from Josh in Victoria, and Steve in Launnie. Pupae is an underutilised fly pattern in Tassie, and I am sure that either would do well hung under a dry in the faster streams (such as the Meander), or fished a bit deeper in the highland lakes.

And now for the August competition. This month’s theme is ‘caddis’. A caddis nymph is one of the deadliest flies during the early season in Tasmania, ranging from stick caddis on the lakes, to caddis grubs on the rivers. Our favourite caddis hatch is the Tasmanian snowflake caddis, found on the bubbly rivers and faster streams.

Keep your entries easy to tie, and easy to fish. We are expecting everything from scintilla stick caddis to Czech-nymph style caddis grubs, right through to Elk Hair Caddis inspired dries. Send your entries to us by the 21st of August, along with the tying details, and we’ll post the winners at the start of September. First prize is once again a $50 voucher from FlyShop 1864, and second prize is a $25 voucher.

Thanks, and happy tying!