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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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5 Superb Summer Trout Flies For Low Clear Water

5 Superb Summer Trout Flies For Low Clear Water

Low clear water, rising temperatures and fussy Trout make fly fishing during summer challenging but highly rewarding. Often fish (especially larger Trout) can hide away under the roots and rocks during bright days, coming out to feed under the safety of dawn or dusk or even, I suspect, feeding through the night. Millions of years of evolution sharpens the instincts that low clear water in not too clever when your predators mainly come from the sky! Choose your time of…

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Best Flies For The River Frome

Best Flies For The River Frome

The River Frome rises in South Gloucestershire and flows for around 20 miles towards Bristol. The River Frome is a chalkstream and it’s rich aquatic habitat is perfect for fly life and aquatic creatures. This enables a good growth rate in fish and as such the Frome is noted for its large fish – particularly Grayling where record fish have been caught. The best flies for the River Frome will be mainly Olives, Caddis & Mayfly with Terrestrial insect also…

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Best Flies For The River Don (Sheffield & South Yorkshire)

Best Flies For The River Don (Sheffield & South Yorkshire)

The story of the river Don is a remarkable one, once devoid of life due to pollution, this river is now teaming with fish. The River Don is most noted by fly anglers for its population of Grayling although there are also Trout as well as coarse species. The river Don is controlled by a number of different angling clubs and provides excellent fly fishing opportunities. The River Don flows for around 70 miles from it’s source in the Pennines…

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Best Flies For The River Wharfe

Best Flies For The River Wharfe

The River Wharfe is one of the great Dales rivers with a rich history of fly fishing. It flows from Beckermonds before emptying into the River Ouse. The River Wharfe has an excellent head of Wild Brown Trout as well as a population of Grayling. The beauty of the Wharfe is it responds to many different fly fishing methods so there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Most of the river Wharfe is available on a day ticket meaning there is…

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