Videos by Chris Sandford

Chris Sandford's 'STUFF' - Episode 10

Brimming with Christmas cheer we bring you: Episode 10, the final ‘Stuff’ ‘extravaganza!

Be stunned when you see my ‘Flash Bugger’ in action! Intrigue your sense of history with a fly pattern that’s over 200 years old! Watch me tie the fly that will get you out of trouble on a blank day. It’s my ‘Wyoming (West Sussex) Half Back’! Finally, damp with festive merriment, we suggest Christmas presents for the angler in your family.

Yes…it’s our Christmas Special and if you’re wondering if Santa makes an appearance… You bet he does!

Chris Sandford's 'STUFF' - Episode 9

Welcome to ‘Stuff 9’!

Yet another plethora of delights that begs the question…Where else can you learn to tie one of the trickiest Mayfly patterns on the planet or discover the secrets of the ‘Diving Daddy’?

Where will you find the Carp fly that has accounted for over 150 Carp in the last 2 years, including a fish of over 30lbs?

Also, have you got an old lure that could be worth more than £4,000?

It’s all in ‘Stuff 9’, including clips from that great, but now sadly missed, TV show ‘Tight Lines’. Check it out!

Chris Sandford's 'STUFF' - Episode 8

Welcome back it is...all new Stuff 8 !

I say ‘all new’…what we’ve done is to ‘refresh’ the concept! The music and graphics have been updated and many other delights await your approval.

For example, we have some clips from one of the UK’s top TV fishing shows, a magazine and book recommendation, and instruction on how to tie the deadly ‘Quick Tie’ Mayfly.

Finally my references to the delights of ‘Beaver’ have caused quite a stir, so I’m proud to present a worldwide first…

The Beaver Fly... Enjoy!

Blue Flash Bugger

Taken from ‘STUFF 7’
When the Blue Flash Damsel met the Wooly Bugger, the Blue Flash Bugger was born! It’s one of my most effective streamer patterns. My number one fly for those big winter Rainbows. Go get ‘em!

The Deadly Caddis Larva

Taken from ‘STUFF 7’
I found Ed Berg’s Caddis Larva on a packet of Nymph Head Beads from the Flymen Fishing Company.
It’s a fantastic little pattern. Tie it …try it…and catch a big one. I know you will!

Chris Sandford's 'STUFF' - Episode 6

Hello again ‘Stuffers’… In a constant search to bring you items of superlative quality, this episode begins with that master of the vice and bobbin Ian McKenzie, tying his Parachute Emerger. Next I take you to the world of vintage tackle and introduce you to some early British lures that are making ridiculously high prices in the auction rooms.In part three I’ll recommend two books that I consider essential reading for any keen flytier. I’ll also show you a couple of new fly tying kits.Finally I’ll tie a new Mayfly Emerger pattern based on my signature fly ‘The Bullet’… Enjoy!

Chris Sandford's 'STUFF' - Episode 5

Hello ‘Stuffers’!

Here it for 2014...’STUFF 5’!

In this cocktail of delights, we start with our film of the British Fly Fair International. I’ll then recommend some handy aids to fly tying and explain why I called my new fly ‘Bob’. Next I’ll describe how the ‘hair of the dog’ can help your fishing, and finally I’ll introduce you to my ‘Supa-Dupa-Pupa’!... Enjoy...

Chris Sandford's Stuff #4

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better…Stuff 4! In this four-part extravaganza we bring you ready-made wings and bodies plus a simple Sedge pattern. In the book section we recommend how to Catch’Em and collect ‘em and in the third part I advise on how to dress a Fish Skull! Finally, I’ll show you some old angling gadgets that are making record prices in the auction rooms. Enjoy!

Bug-Bond Glass Bug

Chris Sandford shows you how to tie the fly that helped 'The Dream Team' win the 2013 River Test One Fly Competition. It's the 'B-B-G-B'. The Bug-Bond-Glass-Bug!

Chris Sandford's Stuff #3

At last! ...I hear you cry..... ‘STUFF’ 3!
In this enthralling episode we tantalize you with a Taser Bug...Humour you with history...Tie the One Fly winner and reveal my vintage tackle! Enjoy!

One Fly Winners

‘Dream Team’, Chris Tarrant, Geoffrey Palmer and yours truly, successfully defended our winners’ title in this year’s ‘One Fly’ competition by coming joint first with the ‘Fly Fish Map’ team, each with an equal 1510 points.

Chris Sandford's Stuff #2

Welcome to episode two of my ‘Stuff’, and thankyou for all your kind words about episode one. This time I’ve been folding feathers, diddling with dubbing, plundering paintbrushes and valuing vices. There’s a ‘Buzzy Bug’, an ‘All Purpose Spinner’ and a DIY Feather Folder...Enjoy!

Chris Sandford's Stuff

When I appear at fly-fishing and vintage tackle shows many of the questions that I get asked fall into similar categories. So I’ve put together this little video magazine that will hopefully answer many of your queries but also show you some of the materials, tips and tricks that I’m more than happy to recommend. Welcome to my ‘STUFF’!

Chris Sandford talks about "Mayflies & More"

Chris Sandford has recently had another book published by Medlar Press... its called "Mayflies & More" A Flytyers' Guide to the Chalkstreams... this one includes a DVD of 10 go to patterns... read it, watch it and enjoy it and then unlock the secret!
Tight Lines!
PS... What Medlar say:
An actor by profession, Chris is best remembered for his numerous TV and film roles in the Sixties and Seventies, especially Coronation Street’s singing window cleaner Walter Potts, and Sid, one of Tommy Steele’s mates in Half a Sixpence. His international angling TV series, Just Fishin’ . . . with Chris Sandford can be seen on the Discovery Channel. Chris also ran a commercial radio production company and is one of Britain’s best known voiceover artists, selling us everything from bathroom cleaners to chewing gum!

Chris Sandford’s name has also become synonymous with the world of fishing and his collection of vintage tackle ranks amongst the finest in the UK. His ‘Vintage Fishing Tackle Roadshow’ is seen regularly at angling shows across the country, raising money for SPARKS (Sport Aiding Medical Research for Kids). His knowledge of the subject is reflected in his regular articles in The Angling Times and Fly Fishing & Fly Tying.
His first book, The Best of British Baits, traced the history of artificial lures from Izaac Walton’s silk minnow through to the 1930s. Medlar has since published a light collection of biographical stories, A Wellie Full of Water, a fly tying book, Flytyers' Flies - The Flies that Catch Fish and a DVD and booklet - Mayflies and More - that explain and demonstrate the tying of his ten favourite flies.