About Raif Killips

Raif is the editor of Fly Fishers' Republic. He's been fly-fishing and tying for over thirty years now. His home waters are the clear streams of the Peak District National Park, and the reservoirs of the Midlands, UK. He is sometimes known as Krafty or Killipso.

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Comparadun

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Uses: The Comparadun is best in medium to slow flows where a low profile pattern is required. Used in mayfly hatches, it sits with the body on or in the meniscus and can often induce a strike where a heavier dressed pattern … Continue reading

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Brown Salmon

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Science has shown that given the opportunity transgenic Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) can in principal, cross breed with wild brown trout (Salmo trutta). This scientific paper explains how technically, GM and wild fish, in this case brown trout, can hybridize. … Continue reading

Whitlock's Mouserat

Whitlock’s Mouserat

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Uses: In the first instance Dave Whitlock’s Mouserat was developed for largemouth bass. Amongst categories of bass flies this is known as a slider. As well as working for largemouth, Whitlock’s mouse pattern is effective for pike, chub, and several species … Continue reading

Movember

Movember

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Over time our average age has increased. In many ways public health has improved. However, by law of averages amongst the contributors to this website at least 6 will at some point in their lifetime suffer with cancer. Amongst men … Continue reading

Robert Bateman on wildlife painting, salmon, and naturalism

Robert Bateman

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“We’re catching fish down in South America like anchovies and all kinds of things like that and processing it to feed to other fish. It’s a mug’s game. You actually lose in the food chain. We shouldn’t be doing that. … Continue reading

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Dikerogammarus haemobaphes

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Our resident river restoration expert Theo Pike recently posted another installment of his Wandle Restoration series. Subtitled Aliens 2, it mentions amongst other invasive species, Killer Shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus). Today, UK news channels reported the arrival of a new species … Continue reading

Scottish scientists on verge of creating designer salmon to beat disease

Designer Salmon

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FFR writer Bruce Sandison has written for years on the issues surrounding salmon farming, but mostly at a time when genetic research was in its infancy. Now, Scottish scientists are on the verge of creating a “disease-free” super salmon that could … Continue reading

Clouser Deep Minnow

Clouser Deep Minnow

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Uses: Designed by Bob Clouser, the Clouser Deep Minnow (or Clouser Minnow as it is commonly known) is another pattern originally developed for smallmouth bass. In several variations on the example illustrated, the pattern can be used to target a … Continue reading

Iberian trout under threat from climate change

Iberia’s Trout

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Scientists anticipate that before the end of this century trout may have disappeared entirely from the Iberian Peninsula. As climate change slowly warms the rivers in the south west of Europe, trout will cease to tolerate their environment dying out … Continue reading

Larry Dahlberg's Flash Dancer

Flash Dancer

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Uses: This now standard streamer was designed by Larry Dahlberg especially for smallmouth bass but will work for several species of fish, including rainbow, brown and other trout, largemouth bass, peacock bass, pike, European perch and several saltwater species including … Continue reading