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5 Unique Stillwater Flies & How To Fish Them

5 Unique Stillwater Flies & How To Fish Them

In a way, a lake offers a little more scope for experimenting with fly presentation. Here are 5 unique ways you can fish a still water & the flies to use. Popper Hopper The popper hopper is one of our most successful fly patterns. Designed for reservoirs where the wind whips up a ripple, the bright yellow foam post is visible in even the filthiest conditions. The foam post also keeps the fly afloat on even the most choppy days….

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Fly Fishing The Peak District – Infographic For Visitors

Fly Fishing The Peak District – Infographic For Visitors

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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 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 & Flies For Cold Weather

Fly Fishing & Flies For Cold Weather

  With the first frosts of the year, the water has started to cool although the mist above my local reservoir would indicate that the water is still clinging on to its Autumn temperature for as long as possible. Water temperature is probably one of the most important factors in the behavior of our quarry. Firstly as a cold-blooded creature, the water temperature governs the blood temperature of the trout and therefore governs its metabolism. The colder the temperature, the…

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UK Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival Day 3

UK Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival Day 3

I was out again at the crack of dawn for the last part of the saltwater fly fishing competition in which I’m delighted to have won “The Field Cup” for the biggest fly caught bass of 44cm which I landed the evening before. St Mawes was damp and misty and I was on the rocks in the dark with just the lighthouse and bobbing bouys to keep me company. I managed a small school bass after an hour of fishing…

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UK Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival Day 2

UK Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival Day 2

After a bad nights sleep and an early start I was distinctly bleary when I rolled up to the mark I had chosen to fish the first day of the saltwater fly competition. My plan was to hit the marks where I caught all the pollack yesterday and things started of well just as dawn was breaking with a pollack and mackerel hitting my bootlace sand-eel fly within the first half an hour. Saltwater fly fishing is, however no different…

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Fly Fishing The Swale On A Perfect Dales Day

Fly Fishing The Swale On A Perfect Dales Day

It’s grey, drizzly and miserable. Just how I like it. I’m stood in the river Swale in the tiny village of Grinton in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The peat stained water is powerful as the rain has been falling for some time. I’m mindful that I’m stood knee deep in one of the fastest rising rivers in the country. I’ve picked a marker on the bank and at the first sign of a rise of water, I will…

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