Pencil illustration step by step of dry fly construction

Fly Tying Classes with @Super_FlyGuy

I’ve been working hard on my alter ego Super Fly Guy and with the trout season nearly upon us, it’s time to get people tying up flies.

For the past two years I have been teaching fly tying to all abilities in my own way, but with the increasing amount of artwork I have been producing, I thought I should illustrate my lesson plans by hand.

I have so far drawn up everything from tying on for the first time to whip finishing and everything in between. Its been a great process to get drawing again, but I must confess to a small cheat… I worked out every component I would need and drew them separately, combining them together on the computer. To hand draw even the hook 18 time a page seamed like a poor use of time.

Hopefully the results are as pleasing to see and use as they were to produce.

If you are interested in learning to tie, you can book in on a class below, there are currently spaces left for Intermediates on the 14th of march and beginners on the 4th of April.


My Early 3D Sketches Of The Inaugural @Coffee_Masters_ Competition Bar For @dunnefrankowski

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I won’t go into much detail as the finished product (sadly) went through another design firm, but these are the first sketches I produced for DunneFrankowski to be used in the new Coffee Masters competition.

Designed to be easily transportable and adaptable, the two level counter showed off sponsors’ equipment whilst providing good workflow for six different disciplines

coffee masters competition barCoffee Masters alt layoutI also took the bar module and created an idea for a possible trophy too, but a more traditional silver cup was chosen instead.

As restaurants and bars resume operations in some areas of the United States, CDC offers the following considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations, making adjustments to meet the needs and circumstances of the local community. Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each community. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which businesses must comply.

Guiding Principles to Keep in Mind

The more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in a restaurant or bar setting as follows:

  • Lowest Risk: Food service limited to drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up.
  • More Risk: Drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up emphasized. On-site dining limited to outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Even More Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Highest Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity not reduced and tables not spaced at least 6 feet apart.

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze but You can buy an N95 mask to stay safe. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as handwashing, staying home when sick) and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important principles that are covered in this document. Fortunately, there are a number of actions operators of restaurants and bars can take to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread.

Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread

Restaurants and bars may consider implementing several strategies to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 among employees and customers.

  • Staying Home when Appropriate
    • Educate employees about when they should stay home and when they can return to work.
      • Actively encourage employees who are sick or have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home. Develop policies that encourage sick employees to stay at home without fear of reprisal, and ensure employees are aware of these policies.
      • Employees should stay home if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
      • Employees who have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 should also stay home and monitor their health.
      • CDC’s criteria can help inform when employees they may return to work:
        • If they have been sick with COVID-19
        • If they have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19
  • Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
    • Require frequent employee handwashing (e.g. before, during, and after preparing food; after touching garbage) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure adherence.
    • In addition to any state or local requirements regarding glove use in restaurant operations, glove use is only recommended when removing garbage bags or handling and disposing of trash and when handling used or dirty food service items.
      • Employees should always wash their hands after removing gloves.
    • Encourage employees to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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Jordi Mestre WBC 2013 Sensory Mats | You Won’t Believe What Happened Next…

Just found this in the deepest part of my hard drive.

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It’s the place mat for each of the sensory judges at Jordi’s WBC (World Barista Competition) competition.

Nothing ground breaking going on except a pretty design that helped keep the various glasses and cups out of the way of nervous shaky hands serving cappuccino.


Oh, wait, there is the little bit of text underneath the spot where the napkin sat.

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A personal thank you to any judge that actually used the mandatory napkin.


A New Shelving Concept (or shelves as they used to be called) | @Craft_Coffee

The shelves finally up.

The shelves finally up.

Craft Coffee, one of my favorite shops in London wanted to expand their retail area with a bit more product. Not wanting to fall into the trap of the cliché of scaff boards and steel conduit, I came up with this simple and adaptable design.

C4D render of ratchet strap shelves

C4D render of ratchet strap shelves

A little sketching and a bit of fiddling in C4D I came up with the idea of using ratchet straps to pull the shelves into the wall, and a bracket that doubles as a shelf bracket and strap pulley at the same time.

welding up the brackets

I got to weld up the brackets thanks to Adam Lawrence at One Little Girl And A Can Of Gas who rented me a bench and mig welder. Not done any welding since 1996 when I worked at Spax so that was nice.

The happy owners

The happy owners

I still need to go back and tidy up the joins and set it all a touch straighter, but for this moment, it’s done.




Murals On Tiles in Frescobaldi Restaurant Mayfair

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As always the strangest of commissions landed on my lap.

“Bruno, can you replicate some artwork we’ve had made, 4 meters tall and on white glazed tiles?”

The answer was yes, but practically I had no idea. A quick ring-a-round my little black book and the incredible scenic painter Jason Line was on board. Together we worked to produce a mechanic and workflow to get the paint to stick to the glaze and not use Jason’s talents for mundane wall prep.

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My new project

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Since breaking my leg last year, I have spent a huge amount of time tying fishing flies. In April, thanks to a few commissions, I decided to wrap it all up into some form of business.

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So far Ive had dressed flies commissioned and sent around the world, boxes of dries and most recently started teaching beginners to master the basics.


A may fly pattern of mine.

A may fly pattern of mine.

A dressed pattern I designed and tied, packaged up and sent to Canada

A dressed pattern I designed and tied, packaged up and sent to Canada

The first Super Fly Guy fly tying class at the Three Kings pub.

The first Super Fly Guy fly tying class at the Three Kings pub.