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Driffield Beck - A piece of fly fishing history.

Driffield Beck and its smaller sister, Foston or Kelk Beck are the most northerly chalk streams of any significant size in the UK. The fishing on the Beck is famous worldwide.

Fishing Micro-Brooks

Fishing Micro-Brooks

I love fishing tiny brooks, so small & often so overgrown that virtually nobody else considers them to be worth fishing.

Italian Casting, Jungle Fishing, Wind & Spooky Trout

Let’s start by looking at the basic principles of the Italian Casting Style as taught by Massimo Magliocco, one of Italy’s top casters. 

Episode 11 - Flies

Episode 11 - Flies

Tom walks us through his most used flies.

Beetles

Beetles

It’s summer & ‘Beetle Time’! It was in the late 1960s that I first came across a beetle imitation being used for trout.

Episode 10 - Amphibious Pedalo

Episode 10 - Amphibious Pedalo - Warning. Contains Clowns.

Episode 9 - 5' One Piece 0 weight Cane Rod

Tom takes his bespoke Rawson & Perrin built one piece 5' 0 weight cane rod to his local fishery.

Episode 8 - Best rod on the planet.

The Voltion 10' #7 arives and Tom goes mental! Some hardcore single hand spey action.

Episode 6 - Trout under a motorway

Wild trout under the M6 motorway using nymphs and dries.

Episode 5 - Time for dries & a kick ass headspin

Tom uses a 2 weight rod on his local stillwater and cleans up.

It all makes perfect sense

It all makes perfect sense

Jeremy Lucas fishes the French chalk and English limestone river in early season using, what he calls, the ultimate refinement.

Episode 4 - How to cast for distance & how to mow your rods.

Tom teaches you how to distance cast with a fly rod and he mowes some rods in episode 4 of this weeks Sunray video.

Episode 2 - Streamers in your underwear

Casting stupid big streamers on silly little glass fly rods with no pants on, to large resident brown trout on a quaint and pleasant English chalkstream. Tom Bell from Sunray & Will Robins from Mulberry Whin in Episode 2 of our weekly Vlog, posted every Tuesday night at 7pm UK Time.

Episode 1 - El Guapo

Episode 1 - El Guapo

*** RIO OUTBOUND VERSUS SUNRAY EL GUAPO. *** ROLL CAST PICK UP / SALTWATER QUICK CAST / INTO SWITCH DIRECTION REVERSE CAST TUTORIAL.

Agapetus Pupae - The Stuart Crofts Imitation

Don’t think it is just small fish that get focused on Agapetus pupae: the biggest fish in the river will come out for this feast. 

Addicted to light line fly fishing

Why fish light fly fishing tackle? David Southall digs deeper into the reasons.

Changes I’ve Seen in Over 50 Years of Fly Fishing

David Southall takes us through innovations & changes in fly fishing over 50 years. From fly fishing in Canada to the Italian style of casting & Tenkara.

Fishing for big browns in New Zealand.

John Tyzack chases big brown trout in New Zealand.

Camouflage & Stealth

Camouflage & Stealth

A stealthy approach is vital when fishing for wild fish, particularly those in waters that are not heavily fished. David Southall 

The Face of the Waters

The Face of the Waters

Jeremy Lucas talks us through his local water fishing and how he uses level tippet instead of tapered leaders on Sunray micro thin lines.

There is a feeling I get

There is a feeling I get

Jeremy Lucas visits his personal mecca. The River San in Poland. Jeremy takes us through his simple process of observation, approach and fly management.

Late season grayling

Late season grayling

David Southall discusses late season tactics for grayling fishing in the UK.

My Favourite Winter Grayling Flies

David Southall takes us through his favourite grayling patterns for Winter fishing. From squirmy worms to micro nymphs, some are imitative, some are suggestive.

Tackling Alpine Pocket Water with Big Dry Flies by David Southall

The first time my fishing buddy Steve & I visited the high alpine streams of Austria, in July of 2007, we were overawed by the speed & turbulence of the flows. How does one fish a maelstrom of white water?

Chironomid emergers, midge, small teeny little things

Midge, Chironomids, small-teeny-little-things, whatever we call them, trout and grayling only know them as 'reliable food'. They abound trout streams (usually) everywhere in the UK, and are frequently found in substantial volumes.

The Plume Tip - The Ultimate Refinement by Jeremy Lucas

Jeremy Lucas, author of Presentation Fly Fishing and Tactical Fly Fishing talks us through how he ties his most used fly, the plume tip.

Fish Where you Live - Original article in Total Fly Fisher

It’s an interesting concept. Force yourself to only focus on fishing within say, a 15 mile radius.

An Innovative Fly Line & Dry Fly Presentation

An article originally published by the grayling society. David Southall switches from regular dt lines to wf micro thin fly lines to get the presentation he needs to target spooky wild grayling and trout.

Hunting Big Fish Can Be Frustrating

Trout fishing in the UK, especially on chalk streams, doesn't get any better when you're stalking big, wild brown trout. David Southall fishes Driftfield Beck.

The IOBO Humpy

The IOBO Humpy

The CdC IOBO Humpy must be one of the world’s greatest dry flies. It is incredibly simple to tie yet unbelievably effective since in various sizes it imitates/suggests a host of insects (Midges, Aphids, fluttering Stoneflies, Fluttering Caddis Flies, emerging Olives, Olive Duns, Black Gnats & others).

Sorting out the better fish

Sorting out the better fish

UK fly angler Matt Eastham talks us through some key points to help catch larger trout.

Sight Fishing for Grayling

Sight Fishing for Grayling

I prefer a micro-nymph line to a traditional mono French leader because it is far easier to handle as it has far less memory even when taken straight off the reel: particularly on cold winter days this can be very important.

How is a fly line made?

Tom Bell from Sunray Fly lines discusses how a fly line is made and what to look for when considering taper, colour and cores.

A Matter of Choice - An article originally published by the Wild Trout Trust

Ultra light fly lines? Tenkara? FIPS rule competitive fly fishing? Pleasure anglers and competitive anglers face more choice than ever before. Matt Eastham talks us through some of his favorite innovations.

Craigie's Killer

Craigie's Killer

Achieving depth very quickly with this nymph tied by Matt Eastham

The Paradun

The Paradun

I've been fishing and tying paraduns for a long time now. So long in fact, that I cant actually remember the first time I fished one.

Micro flies

Micro flies

David Southall talks us through his love of and use of tiny flies for trout and grayling fishing.

Wild trout fishing in Europe

Jeremy Lucas reduces his approach to the basic, fundamental elements of fishing for wild trout in UK, Poland and France. Using micro thin fly lines, OPPO and PTN's, and of course, cdc plume tip dry flies.

Agapetus Pupae

Agapetus Pupae

David Southall guides us through the use of Agapetus fuscipes, Agapetus ochripes & Agapetus delicatulus in fly fishing.

Micro thin fly lines. Chironomids, Squirmies & Rain

UK Tenkara and ultra light fly angler David Southall describes early season trout and grayling fishing on his favourite water, Driftfield Beck in Yorkshire, UK.

Whipping a loop in a micro thin fly line

Use this method to whip a smooth micro loop into a Jeremy Lucas Dry Fly Line or World Championship Nymph Line

Mayfly Time

Mayfly Time

David Southall talks about fly fishing with the UK’s two most common big Mayflies, Ephemera danica and Ephemera vulgata?

Early season trouting

Early season trouting

David Southall discusses his tactics for early season trout fishing on UK rivers.