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River Water Craft – The Back Eddy

River Water Craft – The Back Eddy

An eddy is a reverse piece of current in a river. It will look like a whirlpool compared to the main flow of water. it can often occur downstream of an object such as a rock or towards the edges of rivers. An eddy can also be formed when a large volume of fast water is injected into a river such as when a sluice gate has been opened or a fast stream enters the river. In all my years…

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River Water Craft – Riffles

River Water Craft – Riffles

The riffle is one of the easiest places to catch a fish in a river. A riffle (see photo) can be best described as a fast-moving piece of turbulent water that is normally found at the head of a pool or glide. Riffles often increase in depth, gradually getting deeper until the water turns in to the pool or glide. There are a few reasons why rifles are great places to fish. Firstly, they are turbulent meaning the fish cannot…

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Fly Fishing September – The Return Of The Large Dark Olive

Fly Fishing September – The Return Of The Large Dark Olive

September can be a great month for fly fishing and comparable to spring fishing in some respects. Fly anglers will welcome the return of decent hatches of the Large Dark Olive. This upwing fly is a firm favorite of trout and grayling and can provide some wonderful dry fly fishing through September. Both the nymph and the dun are worth imitating, the spinner which lays her eggs underwater and also the male spinner can be pretty much ignored as the rarely…

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The Olives Are Coming

The Olives Are Coming

With the river fly fishing season only a few weeks away, it’s time to think about the first major hatches of the year. The Large Dark Olive is one of our most abundant up-wing flies and is present on most rivers and streams in the UK. Luckily for us fly fishers, it is present is sufficient numbers that fish are used to the fly and will take enthusiastically both a nymph and a dry. Although sporadic hatches of the fly…

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What Trout Want

What Trout Want

Safety Otters, mink, fish, herons, cormorants; the trout’s early life is perilous. Many of a trout’s predators arrive from the air so overhanging trees and bushes will always provide a degree of safety. Once that little fish takes the plunge and joins the main river it’s life is constantly in danger and shelter from predators is essential. Often trout will have a bolt hole where they will flee at the first sign of danger. Many times I have poked my…

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Success With Terrestrials

Success With Terrestrials

Terrestrials are often overlooked by fly anglers yet they can make up a surprisingly large parts of the trouts diet. Here are a few examples terrestrial tips! Hawthorns The first hatch of hawthorn flies should start coming off towards the end of April with the hatch lasting for up to a fortnight. It’s a great idea to have some hawthorns in your box ready as the trout can take these enthusiastically and will often rise confidently to a hawthorn pattern…

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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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Fly Fishing Watercraft – Shorten The Odds

Fly Fishing Watercraft – Shorten The Odds

The beauty of fishing is just when you think you have figured it out, just when the conditions are perfect, the fish do the exact opposite to what you expect. This is what keeps fly anglers like myself going back to the river time and time again! As a beginner, there are certain things you can do to shorten the odds in you favour. 1. When you get to the water, before your start fly fishing, spend a few minute…

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