Sorry for the lack of posts…

I must apologise for the lack of posts on the blog over the last few months, there has been many things happening and I’ve not really had a lot of time to update.

Anyway, I’ve obviously still been out fishing! :) I have a stock of images from the downtime and will try to get the blog updated more regularly.

For now, here’s a couple of images from a recent trip carping with my mate Luke Thomas. See our 5 top carp fishing tips!

Kieron Jenkins Fly Fishing For Carp Luke Thomas Fly Fishing For Carp

River Anton Grayling Fishing

River Anton Famous Fishing

This time last year I fished the River Anton with my good mates Terry and Nick, the section right above where the Anton meets the river Test at the Mayfly Pub. This year Gareth and I managed to get on a similar sized stretch a short drive upstream of that which is controlled by Famous Fishing.

The stretch consisted of four long beats – offering a great variety of water from shallow, fast runs to wide, open glides. The perfect opportunity to try the new Airflo Nymphing line.

Gar and I fished upstream from the top of beat 2 encountering some unbelievable sight fishing. The river was stuffed full of grayling from half a pound right up to a pound and a half in weight, with the odd bigger fish proving elusive. Grayling are like ghosts, especially the bigger fish, they tend to hang higher in the water (especially on chalkstreams) until spooked and then shoot off not to be seen again, so a stealthy approach is usually the way forward.

A single nymph on .70mm tippet proved fruitful, offering quick submersion and a lifelike fall of the fly. To me it was obvious these fish are pressured, with even the sight of our fly rods waving about in the air forcing the fish off station to seek cover. After a couple of failed attempts in the first run Gareth and I managed to get in the groove, slipping the net under some decent grayling. The best for me fell to a red tag jig, tied with Black/Copper Nymph-IT from Funky fly tying.

Anton Grayling

Fishing such rivers as Chalkstreams, it’s inevitable that you’re going to catch brown trout – And Gareth was king of the brownies… A Metalic Pink beaded jig proved deadly for them, but oddly, not the grayling. The Graying preferred the more somber flies, without the fluorescent beads, collars or tags.

River Anton Famous Fishing Brown

River Dee Grayling Flies

With the Grayling Festival coming up at the end of the month, many anglers are getting ready for a (usually) alcohol filled weekend meeting new friends, catching up with old, and fishing for Grayling on the famous Welsh Dee. So before this armada of anglers get stuck in, I decided to get a couple of days in on the river before they take a pummeling by some of the best anglers from around the globe.

The fly box has been stocked with the usual grayling bugs, but there’s a few that I’ve been waiting to try for quite some time. Over the weekend I had the chance to try some of the new ‘nymph-it‘ thread material (which will be available very soon) on some new grayling bugs. The speed of which you can tie great looking nymphs is unheard of, and the juicy looks gives them more appeal for both grayling and human. Im 100% sure with the right weights, these simple flies will work a treat on the Dee, and any other rivers for grayling.

A the moment, I’ve only tied with the olive although I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on the other 12 or so colours.

grayling flies for the river dee

Fly 1 – Red Tag Olive

Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Size 12
Bead: 4mm Tungsten Bead
Thread: Olive Nymph-It
Body: Olive Nymph-It
Hackle: Caddis Green CDC
Thorax: Caddis Green & Olive Hares Ear

Fly 2 – Olive Jig Nymph

Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Size 12
Bead: 4mm Tungsten Bead
Thread: Olive Nymph-It
Body: Olive Nymph-It
Thorax: Caddis Green & Olive Hares Ear
Thorax Cover: Large Mirage Pearl

Fly 3 – Pink Shrimp (Alex Jardine)

Hook: Fulling Mill Czech Nymph Size 12
Underbody: 2 layers lead
Thread: Glo-Brite No4
Body: Flo Pink Ice Dub Mixed with Lavender Ice Dub
Shellback: Broad Pearl (Tyers Mate)
Black Pen Coloured

Stalking Grayling on the River Test

River Test Grayling Fishing

Every winter I always try and get down to the river Test for a few days grayling fishing, the clarity of the water on both the Test and it’s carriers are something that has to be seen to be believed – Crystal clear waters, even with the most horrendous conditions – which hinders much of our fishing through the winter to say the least! If you can get on the Test, anywhere throughout it’s 40 mile length, you’ll be in for some amazing fishing.

My mates Will and Sean joined me for a session below Andover on the Timsbury Fishing stretch of the River Test, a section I’ve only fished once previously. The beat is around two miles long, including a great section of carrier.

Unfortunately the heavy rain we experienced Saturday evening and into Sunday morning coloured the main test up somewhat, granted it was still ‘clear’ but there was a lot of leaves and floating debris which made spotting them a little difficult. The carrier was absolutely gin clear which made for very interesting fishing.

Top Grayling Fly

The french leader was the best method on the day, with mainly trout coming to the dries. Hot spot hares ears and Hot Head maggot imitations dropped strategically in front of the larger grayling with fine 6X tippet taking most. With the water being so clear, Airflo Sightfree G3 was my choice as it’s suppleness and clarity in the water is second to nonem the thin diameter also cuts the water tension quickly, sinking to my desired depth quickly. The extra strength of fluorocarbon also helped when snagging the occasional branch!

The grayling ranged from fingerlings to fish near enough 2lbs in weight, with larger fish being spotted, but spooked before getting the right cast. The majority of the fish were around 11 inches long, with the odd rainbow and brown trout mixed in.

Here are a few favourite fish from the day. The two bows, although out of season, gave hell of an account for themselves, taking both Will and Sean two or three runs downstream!

River Test Grayling Fishing Kieron

Fishing The River Test Will Thomas

Fishing The River Test Sean Jones

Fishing The River Test Will Thomas

Draycote’s on Fire!

Evening Rise on Draycote Water

Sunset at Draycote

For the last two weekends I’ve had the pleasure of fishing at Draycote water, a water which is now classed as one of the best top of the water fisheries in the UK, and boy did it live up to that statement!

At the beginning of both days the weather wasn’t really in our favour with bright, warm sunshine and light winds. Fortunately there were a couple of fish hitting the surface, mostly to fry around the jetty and the odd fish sipping buzzers. I tackled up with the 12ft fast intermediate mini tip from Airflo, a four fly setup, a sunburst booby on the point, two diawl bachs and a cruncher on the top dropper, all strung together on 10.4lb soft plus Grand Max fluorocarbon.

Tofts was literally stuffed with fish, they were extremely high in the water and would chase the booby as soon as it had hit the surface. One thing I noticed was that if your flies didn’t turn over, you’d struggle to get any takes. The weight of the nymphs and heavy leader above would be just enough to drag the booby down before you had chance to straighten the leader, so turn over was key.

After the first initial ‘pop’ of the booby and there was nothing following, the key was to slow up and fish the booby close to the surface and let the nymphs fall through the top foot or two of water. After the first two or three drifts on both sessions we’d put plenty of fish in the boat ranging between 2.5lbs and 4lbs, a great average for the number of fish caught! As the day progressed we got more follows to the booby, this indicating that the fish had come up even higher in the water with the building cloud.

I came off the mini tip and strung up with a straight floater and two dries on 6lb nylon. The flies were spaced around 10 feet apart, with a 5ft length from a floating poly-leader. First cast, rose one to the top dropper but missed it, a size 12 hopper, re-cast and placed it back in the same place, it came back, this time not leaving it behind.. A cracking first fish on the dry with full silver bloom in its tail.

The fishing from here on was immense with action every drift to the dries. When fishing dries I usually cast very short, usually only 5/6 yards from the boat, mainly to aid sight of the flies but on that particular day the fish were so high in the water, you could literally drop the flies to the end of your rod tip and they would eat it. Being so high in the water the fish couldn’t see the boat, hence them coming closer.

Fly Fishing Draycote


How to fish Buzzers

Kieron Ronsfishing Buzzer Article

One of the featured flies – GB No5!

My most recent article on buzzer fishing can be found in this months Total Fly Fisher Magazine, explaining the most effective angles to fish, what flies to fish and sizes to achieve the best from where you’re fishing – including a diagram of my leader setup! Along with 5 favourite patterns.

Inside this months magazine you can find:

Buzzers, The Angle of the Dangle – Kieron Jenkins

FLY V’S LURE! – Steve Cullen

Predator Prime Time – David Heseltine

Surface Sport Guaranteed – Matthew Eastham

Tackle Awards 2014!

And much more…

Purchase the current Total Fly Fisher magazine here: Or at your local news agents.


6 River Fishing Tips

When river fishing, there’s nothing worse than not being in the mood. Fishing a river can be challenging when you’re on the ball, let alone when you’re off it, so keeping everything in check and your fishing tackle in order could save your sanity when your struggling to keep things together.

Here are 6 tips to keep yourself in the game, even on those off days.

  1. Make sure your kit is prepared the night before you go, there’s nothing worse than leaving a piece of tackle at home
  2. Prepare your flies – Never be caught short without your favourite patterns.
  3. Keep your fly vest organised
  4. Ensure you have all the parts to your rod… (Yeah – I’ve done it!)
  5. Clean your fly lines after each trip or so, that means they’ll perform just as well on your next trip.
  6. Dry your waders after every trip, nobody likes wearing damp, smelly waders.
Kieron Jenkins River Fishing

Kieron fishing on the River Ure, Yorkshire. Image courtesy of David Southall

Kieron Jenkins River Fishing

Kieron fishing on the River Ure, Yorkshire. Image courtesy of David Southall