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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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5 Superb Summer Trout Flies For Low Clear Water

5 Superb Summer Trout Flies For Low Clear Water

Low clear water, rising temperatures and fussy Trout make fly fishing during summer challenging but highly rewarding. Often fish (especially larger Trout) can hide away under the roots and rocks during bright days, coming out to feed under the safety of dawn or dusk or even, I suspect, feeding through the night. Millions of years of evolution sharpens the instincts that low clear water in not too clever when your predators mainly come from the sky! Choose your time of…

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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 Streamers On Rivers In The UK

Fly Fishing Streamers On Rivers In The UK

Background Fly fishing streamer patterns on rivers catches fish. In fact, it catches lots of fish. Big ones. In the states, streamer fishing is just fly fishing. There’s nothing deemed strange or naughty about it. In the UK things are different and fly fishing streamers on rivers still carries a taboo with some anglers. Streamers are for reservoirs, it’s cheating, it’s not fly fishing, it’s too easy are some of the common retorts. Well, I love it. I love the…

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Fly Fishing Midge Imitations On Rivers

Fly Fishing Midge Imitations On Rivers

Midges are a huge part of the trout diet simply because they are present in nearly all rivers and lakes throughout the year. Moreover they are the only aquatic fly that will hatch pretty much every day of the year. Midges are frequently used in in still water fly fishing, in the UK we often refer to the midge pupa fly as a buzzer. In rivers however, they are used less frequently but they can be deadly when fished in…

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5 River Nymph Fishing Tips

5 River Nymph Fishing Tips

Nymph fishing on the river is a very productive method that requires skill and thought. Here are a few tips to help improve your technique. 1 A high floating line The end of your fly line must be floating as this is your bite indication. Apply some floatant such as Mucilin (see below) to ensure your line is floating high in the water.   2 Strike at everything  Strike at every unnatural movement in the fly line. Takes can be…

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