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Czech Nymphing – A Quick Beginners Guide

Czech Nymphing – A Quick Beginners Guide

What Is Czech Nymphing A Czech Nymph refers to two things, firstly it refers to the type of fly – A heavy fly, normally imitating caddis larvae or shrimp, tied on a curved hook (usually 8’s, 10’s or 12’s). And secondly, the term refers to the method of fishing. Czech nymphing utilises a very different technique from most other forms of fly fishing with a different casting technique and also a very different mindset. Czech nymphing is ALL about getting…

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Sinking Line, Short Leader & Booby

Sinking Line, Short Leader & Booby

As the reservoirs start to open their doors, anglers will be gracing the banks and boats full of enthusiasm. The truth is, apart from midges there is little in the way of food around for early season trout. Cold water will also mean that the trout’s metabolism is not running at full steam. These two factors will mean that fish can by lying close to the bottom during the early part of the season. Using a sinking line and short…

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Dry Fly Fishing On Rivers – A Beginners Guide

Dry Fly Fishing On Rivers – A Beginners Guide

For the purpose of this article, we will be discussing dry fly fishing for Trout on UK rivers. WHAT IS DRY FLY FISHING It seems like a simple question! In simple terms, a dry fly is a floating fly. When a fish takes the fly it rises to the surface,  the angler strikes to hook the fish upon observing the rise. A dry fly is a fly in which the dressing is designed to float truly on the surface of…

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Dry Fly Fishing On Reservoirs – An Underated Approach

Dry Fly Fishing On Reservoirs – An Underated Approach

This article discusses dry fly fishing on reservoirs, I’ve had to make some generalisations, but the principles are likely to apply widely. For the purpose of the article, the term “dry fly” also refers to flies classed as emergers. As a full-time fly fishing guide and coach, I watch lots of anglers. Not just those I teach, but I observe many anglers tackling up and fly fishing from bank and boat.  Many anglers fish lures or wets on reservoirs regardless…

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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 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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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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Which Fly Rod Should I Choose?

Which Fly Rod Should I Choose?

The fly rod is likely to be an angler’s biggest investment in terms of tackle. A fly rod is a tool which needs to do a specific job. Which fly rod you choose will come down to a number of factors. Feel, cost and looks will all factor in your decision. As a fly fishing coach I have lots of fly rods surrounding me here in my office. In the wicker basket next to me there is one that cost…

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Which Fly Fishing Line Should You Choose?

Which Fly Fishing Line Should You Choose?

Line weights and matching the rods. The main difference between fly fishing tackle and any other type of fishing is the line. The fly line is a thick plastic line with a strong braid core. The purpose of the fly line is to give the angler casting weight. In other types of fishing, the casting weight is provided by a weight on the end of the line such as a piece of lead. In fly fishing there is no weight…

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