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Prospecting On The Seam

Prospecting On The Seam

Whilst many anglers enjoy dry fly fishing, my favourite style of fly fishing is prospecting with a nymph. When dry fly fishing to rising fish, you already know where the fish are – you can see them. When you are prospecting with a nymph, you have no indicators as to where the fish are. This is rewarding as you have to try and read the river to work out likely lies and present the nymph or wet fly at the appropriate depth. It is incredibly satisfying…

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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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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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The Trout’s Window

The Trout’s Window

Understanding  how a Trout sees it’s food on the surface can help increase catch rates when casting to fish. Although this area is quite complicated, an understanding of the basics will certainly help. We refer to the area of surface water the trout can see through as it’s “window”.  At a very basic level, the size of this window is determined by how close the fish is to the surface of the water, the higher up in the water the…

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Knots In Your Leader When Casting

Knots In Your Leader When Casting

Do you sometimes get lots of little knots in your leader when casting? We if you do, it’s often because you are casting with what is known as a tailing loop. With out going in to physics, tailing loops and the knots in your leader can often be formed because you are putting too much power into your cast or your application of power is jerky, uneven or you are using a throwing action.

Still water flies for colder weather.

Still water flies for colder weather.

As the cooler weather draws in and some still waters close the shutters for a winter break it’s tempting to stay in front of the fire. There is some fantastic fishing to be had if you can choose your day right, the question is (as ever!) what flies to use? Here’s a couple of ideas for you. Fry imitations. If the still water contains some coarse fish then the eggs from the summer spawning will now be at the fry…

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3 Fly Fishing Tips to Catch More Fish!

3 Fly Fishing Tips to Catch More Fish!

Here’s 3 ideas to try and help you catch more fish; 1> Try an instant retrieve  I have found this really successful on still waters where trout can be seen feeding on nymphs just below the surface but are turning their nose up at everything you throw at them. If you start a quick smooth retrieve just before the fly hits the water (so the fly is moving when it lands), this can quite often induce a take. 2> Opposites attract! Sometimes the…

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Fly Fishing for Beginners – The Overhead Cast (where’s your rod really stopping!)

Fly Fishing for Beginners – The Overhead Cast (where’s your rod really stopping!)

When we are teaching fly fishing for beginners and we are looking at the overhead cast there are always a few common problems we encounter. In this series we address some common issues. To successfully master the overhead cast it is vital that, on your backwards cast you stop the rod just beyond the vertical position. One of the most common issues when we are teaching fly fishing for beginners is that although the arm may stop the rod keeps…

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