Early Season River Fly Fishing Tips

6:25 pm

As the season kicks off, we are all full of enthusiasm and pent up energy from a long Winter hibernation. Unfortunately, for those venturing out on the rivers, it’s more than likely conditions will be akin to Winter than Spring! That said there are some key hatches to watch out for and some old faithful patterns that will catch fish no matter what the weather!

If you are wanting to brush up on your fly fishing this season then we are now taking bookings for fly fishing lessons – just get in touch. Your fly fishing lesson in Derbyshire can be on our own lovely stretch of private river in the company of the kingfishers and water voles.

If you are venturing out then here’s a few tips for flies that work well early season!


If the water is still cold and high. Getting down with a heavy Czech nymph can save the day. The Czech Tan bug is probably the most successful pattern we sell.


Shrimp are a major source of food for trout throughout the year and they will be present early season. After casting upstream, try fishing around the weed beds if your river has them or if not down around the stones where the naturals live. Keep a close eye on the end of your fly line and strike if the line makes any unnatural movements as it runs back towards you.



Often the first major up wing hatch of the year and common on most rivers, the large dark olives are taken by trout and grayling both as dries off the top and nymphs below. Keep an eye out for hatches around the middle of the day.


The Hawthorns will find their way on to the water in April – the Trout go crazy for them, make sure you have a few patterns in your box!


The Grannom is the earliest hatch of Caddis on the river. Hatches normally in April although it’s common to have flies coming off in late March too.


We hope you all have a fantastic season and if you want any help or advice, don’t hesitate to get int ouch. If you are thinking of booking your fly fishing tuition in Derbyshire this year, please get in touch asap as the diary is starting to fill now the sunshine is out!

I hope you see one of these soon!