A Skinny Diawl Bach

For this post I thought I’d delve into the hi-tech world of video! Woooooooh……..!

Loads of anglers also post videos of the flies they tie and I thought I’d give it a go with a simple skinny Diawl Bach

There’s no voice or soundtrack and I’d appreciate any candid feedback that you might have. I don’t think I’ve got the lighting quite right and maybe it’s needs a bit more magnification?

Let me know your thought’s though; it all helps.

By the way, the dressing is:

Hook: Kamasan B175 Size 10

Silk: Red

Body: single strand of bronze peacock herl

Tail whisks and throat: Bronze mallard

Rib: pheasant tail brown holographic tinsel.

I’ve had the gear for a while. It’s a tool I use when coaching casting, especially two-handed tuition where students think they’re using both hands but I continually shout ‘No bottom hand!’ Often, on passing the video too them, the penny drops. It’s also a good analysis tool for identifying faults that you can’t really pin down because things sometimes move too fast. The video camera has a slow motion option that provides a reasonable picture quality and that can also provide an opportunity to explain some of the dynamics of the cast (whatever cast you choose to do). Take a look at this example I did for a good friend Mark Roberts. As it happened, we were on the River Usk chasing Salmon. However, it soon became apparent that with low water and bright sunshine, the fish weren’t going to put in an appearance. So out came the rods and the camera!


13 responses to “A Skinny Diawl Bach

  • David


    The video is a bit slow. Perhaps if you prepared your inputs in advance there wouldn’t be so much off-camera stuff going on and we wouldn’t be watching the same view for too long? Otherwise most enjoyable.

    • Alun Rees

      David, a very valid comment. I think the seven p’s apply; Prior planning and preparation prevents p**s poor performance! Then again some of my old school reports mentioned ‘…..could do better.’

      I’ll take that on board and sort it for the next one. Maybe I’ll even enter into a bit of dialogue.

      I’ll call you Sunday morning to make arrangements.

  • bassarisk

    I agree with the previous comments and also that dialogue is essential to guide you through the process.

    Although you said no sound, I listened with headphones anyway and noticed quite a lot of loud noise with tools being put down, along with background noise. I assume most of this has happened because the sound is being recorded at the camera end (which is closer to the tools) – a suggestion might be a “tie clip microphone” when doing the dialogue as it will localise the sounds closer to yourself and reduce the noise from the tools when put down etc.

    Think I also read somewhere a very famous publisher of online fly SBS’s wears a blue fishing shirt and aims some strong lights in his direction when doing videos for youtube creating a better background and light.

    Saying that – none of these comments are crtisicm – just feedback, it was enjoyable and it must be a very good camera as the focus was spot on throughout.

    • Alun Rees

      Dave, once again thanks for the feedback. Spot on with the ‘camera end recording. I’ll have to take a look to see if the camera will accept a ‘remote’ mic; it ought to?

      Davey McPhail! His videos are superb.. I know a lot of people try to emulate him and best of luck to them. I think his set up is great and now you’ve pointed them out, there are also lessons to be learnt there. I don’t think I’ll ever be as slick and precise as him though.

      There’s plenty of food for thought just from yours’ and Davids’ replies so hopefully I’ll implement them for the next one!

  • Geoff Littler

    For my own part I think your video tutorial looks fine. I think it would of course benefit greatly from the use of sound to explain your techniques but this is of course your first video steb by step and I am sure that you will ‘grow into it’. If you want a little bit of voice coaching I might suggest that you say things like ‘Now, look, see, look, now, see, look, now,look, grrrrrrrrrr………..’ I am sure that you get the general idea. I think that anybody who takes the time out to compile a step by step should be greatly commended as it must take absolutely ages to put together. personally I don’t think that I could find the time or the inclination. I hope to see a lot more of yours since your flydressing is let’s face it, superb.

  • flyfishingwithrob

    Hi Alun, A really good video, I agree with the above comments, but would also add, try and do as many of the techniques used with your fingers on your side of the fly. Also some of the tools you were using were going out of focus, maybe use shorter/smaller tools when demonstrating.
    I agree with your comments about using video when coaching, its a brilliant tool, and because You Tube and such like is so accessible, it can add another dimension to teaching. Maybe something for a GAIA CPPD?

    • Alun Rees

      Hi Rob. It’s early days yet. As Geoff mentioned, it takes an inordinate amount of time to arrange, get right, post process, upload etc. so I don’t think they’ll be a regular feature especially with so much available on You Tube and elsewhere.
      Positioning is kind of difficult without compromising other aspects. With the video on the ‘tying side’ you extend the distance between you and the fly and so the quality drops which isn’t really the aim. With regard to tools, I could zoom further out to include those but that will detract from the detail of the fly. I think several compromises need to be made.

      As to video being a tool to use with coaching, I’ve found it exceptional. Several views of the same cast ensure that you see every aspect..especially in slow motion.

      I’m hoping to arrange a CPPD in the near future and will let everyone in the Welsh region know. I might even bring my camera along so we can get a few shots of everyone in action. No doubt that will go down well. The post processing will no doubt cost me a few hours though!

  • Marc Fauvet

    i think you should shave your knuckles…:mrgreen:

  • Stephen G. Cox.

    Well I enjoyed very much and the visual techniques are self explanatory.
    The lighting and focus is good and the magnification just right.
    As I said the techniques are self expalnatory, but I do like to hear your dulcet tones. You don’t need to talk all the way throught it, but a prompt here and there about proportions etc. would be nice with a few tips on how, when and where to fish with this fly. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good luck from Steve.

    • Alun Rees

      Hi Steve. Thanks for the comments and hopefully there’ll be a few more in the future. There’s a possible job change on the cards so it might all have to take a back seat anyway! Time to get fishing now though.

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