Lee dropped out of the rate race over ten years ago to take up residence in a cottage in rural Berkshire. Naturally his home is near the River Kennet and its equally productive tributaries. He regularly fishes these rivers as well as many still water venues, making his living as a professional fly tier.

My wife, Virginia and I are regular visitors to Lee's cottage. We go out for a meal and discuss the latest advances in fly tying. Lee also demonstrates the tying of new patterns so that we are kept fully in the picture. On our last visit, he was tying up some razzlers which prompted me into suggesting to Lee that he passed on some of his skills to our readers. He quickly tied up a series of razzlers at various stages of completion for me to photograph and produce this simple step by step guide. Depending on viewers responses this could be developed into a regular series. Let Geoff know what you think. (Email the editor)

The Razzler.

Although due to the pressure of work, I have given up fly tying, I could not fail to appreciate how easy it was to tie this pattern. Lee's versions are different to the original pattern but really work. This guide is for the red and white version but the same technique can be used to tie up the equally as successful version with a black tail and body with a green head.

Step 1 Select a longshank size 8 hook and tie-in a tail of white marabou with three strands of Krstal flash. Then tie off.

Step 2 With a 1/16" diameter needle pierce the shaped expanded polyethylene body length-wise. It is best to start from the rear of the body.

Step 3 Slide body over hook eye and add a dab of superglue on the hook shank where the tail is tied in.

Step 4 Spin on a deer hair head and clip to shape.

Fishing the Razzler

This is an exceptionally versatile fly. It is basically a fry imitator that can be fished either on the surface or near to the bottom. It is normally fished with a conventional length leader of about 9ft with a sinking line. It works well stripped back across the surface and is very useful on those "dog days" of high summer when it is bright, hot and with no wind. Try the razzler fished deep under these conditions and you could be in for a few surprises. I once had three good browns 71b 2oz, 51b 14oz and 31b 4oz using this method in the afternoon of a stinking hot summer day. I also once had a 12lb 8oz rainbow take a razzler off of the surface as soon as it hit the water.

If you need any further details or pre-formed bodies, Lee can be emailed on lee@troutflies.freeserve.co.uk.