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Mayfly fly fishing. Duffer's fortnight. Dry fly fishing at it's best

Posted by TOM BELL

Mayfly fly fishing. Duffer's fortnight. Dry fly fishing at it's best
‘Duffers’ Fortnight’ in late May & into June is supposed to be when trout are at their easiest to catch on rivers that have good Mayfly (Ephemera danica) hatches, but this is not always the case. Whilst there are times that epic catches can be made, for those who believe that with the Mayflies will come suicidal trout feeding there can be disappointment & frustration.

Fly Fishing on windy days, how to catch

Posted by TOM BELL

Fly Fishing on windy days, how to catch
Whilst I have come to prefer rods with a softish, progressive action for most of my fishing, when casting in a strong wind I find that a short, crisp actioned rod is a more suitable tool for the job as mentioned above. The short relatively stiff rod cuts through & beneath the wind & generates very tight loops when required.

Catching difficult, educated fish. Tactics & flies.

Posted by TOM BELL

Catching difficult, educated fish. Tactics & flies.

Many of the waters that I fish hold what I would term ‘Well Educated Fish’. Now there are two very different types of educated fish, ones that I hate & ones that I love. Let me explain.

Flies & tactics for Grayling

Posted by TOM BELL

Flies & tactics for Grayling
Well we’re into November & the traditional grayling season. Covid restrictions mean that I’ve had to fish locally. Unfortunately my closest grayling water, Driffield Beck, has suffered over the years from heavy cormorant predation. As a result there are very few grayling in the parts of the river that I have access to, but some are very big. This autumn water levels are low & the beck is clear so sight-fishing is possible making it easier to find a fish to target. On a good day I might see between two & half a dozen decent grayling to target.

My leader / fly line / fly setups? Floating? Sinking? Micro Thin? Clear? By David Southall

Posted by TOM BELL

My leader / fly line / fly setups? Floating? Sinking? Micro Thin? Clear? By David Southall
nyone who has read my earlier Blogs, or my articles in Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine, will know that my passion is precise presentation of immitative flies, particularly dry flies, to trout & grayling, mainly in rivers. To achieve good presentation of the small flies that I generally use (typically size 14 to 30) requires light lines & long leaders (12’ to 18’) ending in relatively fine tippets (5x to 8x).

Best flies and tactics for Grayling

Posted by TOM BELL

Best flies and tactics for Grayling
 In my November 2016 Blog I gave details of some of my favourite grayling flies (Orange & Pink Gamarus, Orange & Pink Utah Killer Bugs, Red & Pink Squirmy Worms, Bead-head Partridge & Hare’s Ear Spiders & Small Bead-head Nymphs). Here are some more that I have had great success with during the Autumn, Winter & Early Spring.

New Sunray clear floating fly line review (1 weight)

Posted by TOM BELL

New Sunray clear floating fly line review (1 weight)
I subscribe to the Italian style of casting which uses a line many times lighter than the rod rating. The 1 weight Prototype Floating line casts easily even on a 4 weight rod!

Long fly rods versus short fly rods

Posted by DOR AVIDAN

Long fly rods versus short fly rods
oft rods are much more fun when playing small fish. However they are capable of landing big fish when required (I’ve successfully played & landed rainbows of just short of 6lb on my Sunray 10’ 6” Zero weight rod & brown trout just short of 4lb on my Sunray 7’ 6” 2 weight Microlite rod).

Indicators. Good, bad and ugly.

Posted by TOM BELL

Indicators. Good, bad and ugly.
 I hate the big, super buoyant Bungs made of polystyrene, cork or hollow plastic. They are generally clumsy, big, create a lot of resistance to a taking fish & are either difficult to adjust the depth or if designed to be easily moved along the line some tend to easily fall off during casting.

How to fly fish using light gear. Nymph fishing for Grayling & Buzzers for Rainbow Trout.

Posted by TOM BELL

How to fly fish using light gear. Nymph fishing for Grayling & Buzzers for Rainbow Trout.
I use a 10' #2 Microlite fly rod on the River Hodder at The Inn at Whitewell. Then, switch to Stocks Reservoir to catch rainbow trout using the same rod. You don't need stiff rods and thick fly lines for stillwaters.

March Brown & Duns. When and why to fish them? By David Southall

Posted by TOM BELL

March Brown & Duns. When and why to fish them? By David Southall
March is the month that many flyfishers think about that classic Heptagenid, the March Brown, Rhithrogena germanica. This species has suffered a decline over recent years (as have many other Upwinged species) but there are encouraging signs of recovery on some rivers. 

Playing fish on light gear - The myth and the solution

Posted by TOM BELL

Playing fish on light gear - The myth and the solution
I have long been an advocate of light lines (1 up to 3 weight) teamed up with light, soft actioned rods, often teamed up with tiny flies & light tippet. Some folks believe that such tackle is unsuited to the capture of big fish.