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Fly Fishing Lessons On Our Peak District River – A Typical Day

Fly Fishing Lessons On Our Peak District River – A Typical Day

We provide fly fishing lessons on our tranquil private beat of the River Derwent near the village of Darley Dale in Derbyshire. This beautiful Peak District river starts it’s life on moorland high above the Derwent Dams before making it’s way down through Chatsworth and eventually joining the river Trent. Fly fishing lessons on the river are available to complete novices right up to experienced fly anglers. Your river lesson will be provided by David Johnson a UK champion fly…

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5 Deadly Daddies & Hoppers For Autumn Still Waters

5 Deadly Daddies & Hoppers For Autumn Still Waters

As the leaves begin to turn and the temperature cools, rainbows will start to venture closer to the shore to pick of the Daddies & Hoppers blown on from the surrounding vegetation. Few rainbows can resist the temptation of a Daddy drifting in the surface film. Fly fishing on the surface through Autumn is very effective and is a worthwhile tactic even if there are no obvious rises.  Here are some deadly patterns to pull your string this Autumn  …

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Fly Tying For Beginners – Where To Start

Fly Tying For Beginners – Where To Start

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of catching a fish on a fly you have tied yourself. For a fly tying beginner, looking at all the vices, materials and tools on offer, it can be hard to decide where to start. This simple guide for fly tying for beginners, outlines some simple tips and help on where to start. Most people who are fly tying beginners will start with some sort of fly tying kit. There’s a good reason for…

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5 Superb Grayling Flies That Catch Fish

5 Superb Grayling Flies That Catch Fish

The end of the Trout season is now fast approaching but for those that enjoy fly fishing for Grayling, the best is yet to come! Autumn and Winter Grayling fishing is tremendous fun, wrapped up in the cold with a flask of hot soup and getting in to a few beautiful Grayling really is hard to beat. Grayling flies can cover dries, wets & nymphs but probably the best Grayling flies are those that get down deep. Whilst Grayling will…

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5 Essential Reservoir Dry Flies For Late Summer & Autumn Fishing

5 Essential Reservoir Dry Flies For Late Summer & Autumn Fishing

Dry fly fishing can be deadly through late Summer & Autumn as fish move out of their deep Summer lies to feed.  Too many reservoir anglers pull the same lures all year round and while lures will catch, late Summer & Autumn lends itself particularly well to dry fly fishing. Here are some killer patterns for fly fishing off the top in late Summer & Autumn. Daddy Pillar As summer just starts to cool Daddies will become superb patterns for fishing…

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Guide To Traditional Upstream Nymphing – In Particular Prospecting With A Nymph

Guide To Traditional Upstream Nymphing – In Particular Prospecting With A Nymph

I learned my craft on fast flowing sections of rainfed Peak District rivers. Traditional upstream nymphing is in my blood and is probably my favorite method of fly fishing my home rivers. Being able to read the river, understand where the fish will be, cast your nymph in the right spot, detect the take and strike into the fish is exciting and skillful. I enjoy all forms of fly fishing but upstream nymphing, in particular, will always be slightly more…

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5 Essential UK Saltwater Flies

5 Essential UK Saltwater Flies

The UK has so much to offer the saltwater fly angler. Bass, Pollock, Coalfish, Flounder, Mackeral are all regularly caught whilst saltwater fly fishing in the UK. For an article on how to get started in saltwater fly fishing in the UK please click here. Many saltwater fly selections are geared towards the tropics, overlooking the fantastic sport right on our doorstep. Whilst we do sell these flies we also sell flies tailored suitable specially for UK saltwater fly fishing….

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5 Awesome Grayling Flies For Varied Stream Depths

5 Awesome Grayling Flies For Varied Stream Depths

Grayling respond well to all forms of fly fishing. Wet’s, Dries & Nymphs will all catch them. However, if you want to consistently catch lots of Grayling and maybe some of the larger specimens then you need to get deep, very deep. Grayling have a down turned mouth, designed for picking off food items near the stream bed, they spend much of their time feeding in and around the rocks and gravel. Presenting a fly in this zone can make…

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