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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.

What flies and tactics throughout the seasons?

Posted by TOM BELL

What flies and tactics throughout the seasons?
Late April & early May marks the arrival of the hawthorn flies & black gnats, although their numbers can vary dramatically from year to year. These two terrestrial insects are most active during warm, sunny weather. On breezy days they can be seen swarming behind the shelter of bankside trees & many get blown onto the water. 10am is usually early enough to be at the river & I look for tree-lined areas on the windward side of the river.

Tiny dries and light lines paid off in 2019

Posted by PAUL NEWTON COLLABORATOR

Tiny dries and light lines paid off in 2019
January & February saw most of my fish falling to tiny dry flies since both the rainbows at my local small still water & the grayling the industrial Yorkshire Rivers (which were low & suffering from the drought) were regularly preoccupied with tiny Midges

Fly Fishing in Tasmania

Posted by TOM BELL

Fly Fishing in Tasmania
You see, the fish are big, and wild. In the summer time they are looking upwards, and come readily to dry fly, and so you will see most of them; but even so, you set the hook and, naturally, they go berserk. Like one of the fish that comes, and goes, on Penstock lagoon. I see it sixty metres down-drift, and know it is on the track of my flies (a brown hopper and a possum dun), but even though I see it snaffle down the dun, and have anticipated the rise, I lift, set the hook and with an impossible surge the fish breaks me. Ten seconds later I see it jump a hundred metres off to our right. And twice more, farther off, until it sheds the hook 

How to fly cast, roll cast, belgium cast, dump cast, snake roll

Posted by TOM BELL

How to fly cast, roll cast, belgium cast, dump cast, snake roll

Article by David Southall     It constantly amazes me how many fly fishers will spend vast amounts of money on top end fly rods & the latest fly lines, both of which are reputed to dramatically improve your casting, yet they have little idea of even the basic dynamics of fly casting. They then blame the tackle for their poor performance. A good caster can adapt to virtually any reasonable rod & line combination, although there is no doubting the fact that well designed rods & lines, like those that Tom Bell & Sunray sell, can give a distinct advantage...

River Enhancement & Rewilding Our Rivers

Posted by TOM BELL

River Enhancement & Rewilding Our Rivers
Sadly many of our once pristine rivers are in steady decline due to abstraction, siltation, pollution & dredging (from sewage, agriculture, fish farms, cress beds & numerous other sources). It is only a few, mainly industrial rivers that have undergone significant improvement in recent years as a result of declining industries & the hard work of groups of conservation minded anglers & environmentalists.

How to cast big flies

Posted by PAUL NEWTON COLLABORATOR

How to cast big flies

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How to cast soft rods

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How to cast soft rods

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Fly Fishing for Educated Wild Trout & Grayling in UK

Posted by TOM BELL

Fly Fishing for Educated Wild Trout & Grayling in UK
Very low flows, gin-clear water, no significant fly hatches & fishing for wild, educated fish resulted in some potentially frustrating fishing. A stealthy approach was again paramount & my kneepads got a lot of use so I could hide behind the extensive bankside vegetation, (most of the fishing is from the bank).

5 problems with fly line design and the broken AFTM system.

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5 problems with fly line design and the broken AFTM system.
"I can, today, can manipulate shape, specifically the rear taper and 'high point' of a line to change the perception of weight, more than the actual weight of a line. So, the diameter and changing nature of where those diameter changes are have more of an effect on fly rod load than weight alone."

My best Tenkara flies & spiders for Autumn & Winter

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My best Tenkara flies & spiders for Autumn & Winter
I have done some fishing with the reverse-hackled Sakasa Kebari flies that many Japanese Tenkara fishers use. These are very similar to our traditional North Country Spiders but with the soft hackle fibers facing forwards over the hook eye so that when pulsed more ‘movement/life’ can be imparted into the fly. 

Grayling flies | Aphids, what pattern and how to fish them.

Posted by TOM BELL

Grayling flies | Aphids, what pattern and how to fish them.
Trout and grayling can become totally preoccupied on any super-abundant tiny food source to the exclusion of all else. These include Caenis spinners, Chironomid Midges (particularly adults and pupae), Thrips (Thunderbugs), Agapetus sedge pupae and particularly Aphids. At such times it is usually essential to fish an appropriately small fly pattern with an appropriate presentation.