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River Water Craft – Fly Fishing Coloured Water

River Water Craft – Fly Fishing Coloured Water

A big mistake made by fly fishing beginners on rivers is not fishing coloured water. After a spell of heavy rain, a rain-fed river will colour up (normally brown) as silt is washed through by the extra water. In these conditions, it’s easy to be put off – how an earth will any fish see my fly and feed in those conditions you may be thinking? Well, stop right there! Coloured water can produce some of the best days fishing…

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River Fly Fishing For Trout & Grayling – A Quick Beginners Guide

River Fly Fishing For Trout & Grayling – A Quick Beginners Guide

If you are thinking of venturing out on to the rivers with your fly rod for the first time then this short primer should help answer some river fly fishing basics! When & Where Not all rivers contain trout and grayling so your first challenge is to find a river. You should have permission to fly fish and you need to make sure it contains a good head of trout and/or grayling. You may want to join a club or…

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3 Key Considerations When Choosing The AFTM Rating Of Your New Fly Rod

3 Key Considerations When Choosing The AFTM Rating Of Your New Fly Rod

Choosing the AFTM rating of your first fly rod can be confusing. Here are three things for you to consider. The size of fly you will be casting. The bigger the fly, the bigger weight rod and line will be required to turn it over. Our trout flies can be as small as half a centimetre or as long as 10cm! Wind The windier it is, the bigger the weight of rod and line you will need. If you intend…

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5 Fly Fishing Tips For The New Season

5 Fly Fishing Tips For The New Season

So with just a few weeks to go until the river season begins we have a look at 5 ideas to get your season off to a flying start! 1> Be aware of the water temperature. Early season fishing can mean fishing with snow melt and cold air temperatures. Statistically we are more likely to have snow at Easter than Christmas. Trout are cold blooded and their body temperature is dependant on their environment. In cold water, their metabolism slows…

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5 Winter Fly Fishing Tips

5 Winter Fly Fishing Tips

Winter can be a challenging time for fly fishing but extremely rewarding too. Whether targeting Grayling on the river or fishing for stocked fish on a still water any success will mean overcoming the conditions and having a basic understanding of the behaviour of the fish in the winter months. Below are some winter fly fishing tips to get you started. Midges The predominant species active in the winter months is the midge which exists in most bodies of water in the UK. A…

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5 Ideas To Improve Your Fly Fishing In 2013

5 Ideas To Improve Your Fly Fishing In 2013

Happy new year all! I have put together five ideas below of how we could think about improving our fly fishing skills in 2013. Experiment with leaders. Leaders can have a big impact on your casting and fly presentation. Trying different leader diameters, lengths and tippets will give you an idea of what suits you best. Video yourself. How do you know what your rod is actually doing? The only way you will know for sure is to have a…

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Still Water Fly Fishing Tips

Still Water Fly Fishing Tips

Reading A Still Water When you arrive at the water side, spend a few minutes observing the water. Tune in to your surroundings and get a feel for what’s happening. A few minutes of simple observations can make a real difference. Some questions to ask yourself; What are the fish feeding on? Are fish rising to take off the top? Are fish taking just below the surface? Is there no fish activity at all? If the fish are taking off…

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5 Casting Tips For Good Presentation

5 Casting Tips For Good Presentation

In order to deceive the fish in to thinking your piece of feather and fur is a real  food, it’s important that you present your fly well. This starts with a good cast. 1> On your back cast, stop the rod abruptly either vertically or a fraction behind vertical 2> When in the stop position on your back cast, pause long enough for the length of line you are casting to straighten out completely behind you. Whilst you are pausing – keep the…

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5 Dry Fly Fishing Tips

5 Dry Fly Fishing Tips

If the fish are rising all around you then it’s time to fish a dry fly. Dry fly fishing offers some of the most exciting days of the year but presentation is everything! Despite the rain, we have had a few cracking days already in the Peak District and around Derbyshire. Here’s a few tips to help you present your dry fly. 1> Select a fly that is a similar size and colour to those the fish are taking. A…

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The Mighty Midge

The Mighty Midge

The midge is often overlooked by river fly fishers who’s eye can be drawn to the larger up-wing species. I’ve had some cracking days recently fishing midge patterns, mainly emergers fished in the surface film as well  the superglue buzzers. Buzzers, whilst highly popular with still water anglers are fantastic river flies and should be making an appearance in your river fly box! I had a brilliant few hours on Barlow brook last week and took 8 lovely wild brownies…

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