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Simple Guide To Fly Fishing Leaders

Simple Guide To Fly Fishing Leaders

Leaders are an area of confusion for many beginners. There are essentially two types of leader: Tapered leaders Tapered leaders are bought in a packet. They are a fixed length usually somewhere between seven and twelve feet in length. The most popular length is nine feet. As the name suggests, a tapered leader has a tapered diameter along the length of the leader. The end that connects to the line is thick and the leader gradually becomes thinner as it…

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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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Podcast Update / Announcement

Podcast Update / Announcement

Just a quick update to let you know I’ve just had some routine hernia surgery so I will be out of action until the new year. The podcast will be back on the river bank in January 2019. I wish you a very happy Christmas & New Year. Check out the podcast here

4 Reasons You Should Start Tying Your Own Flies

4 Reasons You Should Start Tying Your Own Flies

Fly tying is great fun and the feeling of catching a fish on flies you have tied yourself is truly rewarding. There are some other benefits of tying your own flies too. Fly tying is great fun and the feeling of catching a fish on flies you have tied yourself is truly rewarding. There are some other benefits of tying your own flies too. You Will Learn So Much About Fishing When I was younger I thought I knew quite…

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