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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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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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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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Wild trout fishing in the Dambuster’s playground

Wild trout fishing in the Dambuster’s playground

Fly fishing lovers everywhere will be keen to hook up with a new club offering wild brown trout in the heart of the Peak District National Park for the first time ever. Members of Birchinlee Fly Fishing Club which is run in association with Ladybower Fisheries, have access to the Derwent and Howden Reservoirs as well as a stunning stretch of the River Derwent where deep pools house trout weighing up to 2lb. The Derwent itself is an excellent location for river fishing…

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Any Fly As Long As It’s Small And Black

Any Fly As Long As It’s Small And Black

There is a quote that gets banded about quite a bit amongst anglers. It’s from a river keep giving advice to anglers fishing his beat. He said something along the lines of “Use any fly you want as long as it’s small and black. There is a an element of truth here, when we turn over the rocks or kick sample a stream most of the food in the river is small and dark. Often dark browns, olives and blacks…

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Sunny Days & Sinking Lines

Sunny Days & Sinking Lines

    With the sunny weather we are having at the minute, it’s important to be armed with a sinking line in your tackle bag. When we look at the sun we will automatically squint but trout do not have this luxury as they have no eyelids. In bright sunny weather, in order to get out of the sun trout will seek shade or go deep (sometimes very deep). If you don’t have a sinker then you may have a…

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