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Fly Fishing Buzzers For Beginners

Fly Fishing Buzzers For Beginners

What Are Buzzers The term buzzer refers to anglers flies which imitate the pupa of the aquatic midge. Every still water in the UK contains aquatic midges, and on the more acidic large stocked reservoirs they can often be a staple food for trout. Midges are essential for trout as they are one of the few insects that are present in all their forms (larvae, pupa and adult) on virtually every day of the year. Although their numbers tend to…

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BEST STILLWATER FISHING FLIES FOR JANUARY

BEST STILLWATER FISHING FLIES FOR JANUARY

For many, January still water fly fishing will be small still waters. These tend to fish really well during the winter months. In terms of hatches, midges will come into their own during the Winter as a stable food source for cruising fish. During milder periods of the day, sporadic hatches of midges may bring fish up to the surface to feed or the fish may feed on the bloodworm larvae closer to the bottom. If the fish are up…

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BEST FISHING FLIES FOR JANUARY GRAYLING ON THE RIVER

BEST FISHING FLIES FOR JANUARY GRAYLING ON THE RIVER

On the river, through January the large dark olive will still be hatching sporadically providing some dry fly action. The ever-present shrimp and louse will also be available near the stream bed. Apart from sporadic rises on milder days, much of your fishing will be concentrated around the stream bed. A hard frost overnight can mean the Grayling will shoal in the pools, allowing for some cracking fishing! My key tip is to make sure you are fishing deep enough….

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5 Great Winter Flies For Small Stillwaters

5 Great Winter Flies For Small Stillwaters

Small still water often fish brilliantly during winter. Fish can be taken on a variety of flies from small imitations to big bright lures. The key to success during the winter months is often about finding the correct depth. Depth can be varied using combinations of leader length, weighted flies, retrieve speed and using sinking lines. Here are 5 great ideas for flies for using on small still waters this winter: Ressie Dink The Ressie Dink is a unique fly…

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Fly Fishing Static Flies On Small Winter Still Waters

Fly Fishing Static Flies On Small Winter Still Waters

As the weather cools many larger reservoirs close their doors to concentrate on maintenance work. This leaves the still water angler with the option of fishing smaller venues through the Winter months. Luckily, these smaller shallow lakes can produce their best fishing in cooler climates. Their shallow waters which, during summer, can be depleted in oxygen and provide less than ideal temperatures for Trout, often flourish. You will need to consider a different approach however. Most of the time in…

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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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Best Flies For The River Avon

Best Flies For The River Avon

The River Avon, in terms of fly fishing will rightly always be associated with river keep and true countryman Frank Sawyer. Sawyers detailed observation are as valid now as when he made them whilst looking after the Avon Officers Fishing Association from 1928 – 1980. The Avon has a wide variety of species of fish in it’s waters, some beats are prolific with Trout and Grayling whilst others hold larger volumes of coarse fish. Flies for the river Avon will…

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Best Flies For The River Itchen

Best Flies For The River Itchen

The River Itchen is another world famous chalk stream. Set amongst the beautiful Hampshire countryside, it’s chalk filtered water flows for about 28 miles from mid Hampshire through to Southampton. The gin clear of the River Itchen hold a diverse variety of aquatic life which sustains a good population of Trout and Grayling. Flies for the River Itchen will revolve around Olives, Caddis & Terrestrials as well a prolific Mayfly hatch. The fishing heritage of the chalk streams mean that…

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Best Flies For The River Dove

Best Flies For The River Dove

Located in the counties of Derbyshire & Staffordshire, the river Dove is famous for it’s prominence in the book “The Compleat Angler”. It’s an excellent fly fishing river and Charles Cotton’s “fishing temple” still overlooks the river. The fly fishing in the Dove is predominately for wild Brown Trout and Grayling and responds very well to all fly fishing methods. Flies for the Dove revolve around the usual mix of Olives, Caddis & Terrestrials. There can also be a bumper…

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Best Flies For Driffield Beck

Best Flies For Driffield Beck

Driffield Beck is a rare in terms of English chalk streams as it’s located in the North of England. Located in Yorkshire, Driffield Beck runs from Elmswell through to Emmotland. Driffield Beck provides a rich chalk stream habitat and is often fished with fairly small dry flies by local anglers. Flies for Driffield Beck include the usual mix of Olives, Caddis & Terresttrial. It’s worth noting that there isn’t a Mayfly hatch on the Beck. Whilst small dries do work well,…

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