Over the last week Facebook has told me that anglers around the UK have started to see the very first of the Mayfly! This is an exciting time of year, when the mayfly start to hatch trout seem to change their finicky ways and attack the mayfly with anger and excitement, splashing at the surface either taking them or drowning the fly to make it an easy … Continue reading It’s Mayfly Time!
Like most anglers at this time of year I’ve spent a lot of time at the vice filling up the fly boxes ready for the up and coming season. Early season usually means fishing deep with fast sinking fly lines and lures. On the other scale, midge and buzzer patterns fished static throughout the layers can also produce some great results, especially as the weaither starts … Continue reading Some recent flies…
The Red Tag Jig has to be one of my most successful river flies taking fish all around Europe and most rivers it has visited in the UK. Being such a widely used pattern I always try to ‘tweek’ the tyings a bit, to offer something that little bit different. Here I have used a whole CDC feather for the body and hackle, I always … Continue reading The Red Tag Jig
All anglers have their favourite flies for river trout and grayling, winter time means some quality time spent at the vice for me, restocking previously lost flies or creating new and exciting patterns. I was thinking just last night that the flies I needed most in my box, ones which had been lost or stolen (TERRY!) were actually the most simple, and effective. The Cased … Continue reading A few favourite river flies