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10 Things To Try In April (fly fishing related of course)

10 Things To Try In April (fly fishing related of course)

Banish those winter blues and get off to a flying start this year!

 

  1. Buy A Rod License

You can’t go fishing in England and Wales without a Rod license, well, you can if you’re under twelve, so you make sure you have one.

These can be purchased online or from your local Post Office, some fisheries even sell them. There are a few ticket options available to suit most anglers needs!

 

  1. Bank Fish A Reservoir

The fishing at this time of the year can be out of this world.

All the recently introduced stock fish will be holed up in the bays and creeks where they were stocked, so make the most of it by fishing from the bank.

These trout can be easy to catch and they fight incredibly well, they really do provide the angler with a bit of a bonanza, you’d be mad to miss out.

 

Bank fishing is productive and far less hassle than the boat in April.

 

  1. Early Bird

Reservoirs can become hectic in April, everyone is competing to get to the known early season hotspots, so you need to get yourself there early doors.

 

  1. The Dam Wall

The great thing about the dam wall is that it often offers anglers access to deep water without them having to cast to the horizon. The fish are often close in and they will move up and down the dam wall throughout the day, so if you stay in one spot they are likely to head your way sooner or later.

It’s a popular area though, so see suggestion number 3!

 

Dam walls are hotspots, but get there early!

 

  1. Try A Bung

When it comes to early season deadly fishing methods, then the Bung is right up there. Not only will some nice shiny Superglue Buzzers suspended mid water tempt those – I’m not stupid enough to take a lure – stockies, they have the added advantaged of picking up the better, over wintered fish.

A bung enables you to fish your impressionistic flies at various specific depths in the water column so that you can search out where the fish are more effectively.

 

  1. Black and Green

If there’s one colour combination that you must try at this time of the year it has to be the lethal black and green. There’s something very special about these two colours for cold water. Look to try flies like, Concrete Bowl, Viva and Black Cats.

 

A killer colour combo, black & green, this takes some beating in cold water.

 

  1. Bank On Boobies

There’s something about Boobies that trout just can’t seem to resist.

On large waters, use a fast sinking line and a leader of around 12ft with one or two Boobies spaced an equal distant apart, one on dropper around 6ft from the end of your sinking line with another on the point. This will allow you to cover the depths and find where the fish are in the water column.

ALWAYS keep in touch with your flies.

 

Don’t be a jerk and leave your rod static, fish the flies at all times!

 

  1. Try Fishing A River

To many of us are quite happy to sit it out on small waters or reservoirs and we don’t make the effort to cast a fly in running water. This is a real shame as some of the best fishing you’ll ever experience will be on a river. There’s nothing quite like it.

It takes a lot more time and patience to get results but once you get into the why wherefores of river fishing, you’ll become hooked.

 

  1. Spot A Riser

This is the best when it comes to river fishing, searching the water for signs of feeding fish, or a riser! Nothing gets the heart pumping faster than a big early season trout coming up for Olives!

 

This fish was spotted taking duns mid river, it took my dry first cast over it!

 

  1. Try That Dry Fly

On rivers a dry fly is often the best line of attack when the trout are up. Keep it simple with pattern choice as they won’t be too fussy just now. Focus on size and colour and you shouldn’t go far wrong. The key is making sure it behaves naturally, so no drag.

 

Keep flies simple early doors, thread and some CDC, can work wonders!

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5 Essential Fly Lines For Boat Fishing

5 Essential Fly Lines For Boat Fishing

Okay, let’s start at the beginning, this is for guys and girls that fish ‘loch style’ in other words cast out of the front of a drifting boat in order to target trout!

This style of fishing is a pretty big deal here in the UK BUT it’s growing in popularity and as a result more and more anglers from all over the world want to know more about this extremely effective technique.
It’s a complex form of fishing, however the whys and the wherefores of doing it right are for another day!

With this little article I want EVERYONE to know the 5 Essential Fly Lines for Boat Fishing which you must-have here in the UK, and dare I say it the world if you want to stand a decent chance of catching fish the whole year through!

I’m not going to get overly technical, no point, once you get into it you’ll figure it all out yourself!

And also, I can do another article highlighting the other lines you need at some point, right!

Currently, I carry 36ish fly lines when I boat fish, so there’s some food for thought!

 

When you get a touch more serious then the line count goes up, dramatically!

So, let us work from the top of the water down shall we? After all the trout’s eyes are on the top of their head, not on the bottom!

Now remember, BASICS! Oh, before I forget, don’t muck about with presentation tapers go weight forward every time, loads the rod quicker and you’ll cast further, should you need to!

1. Floating Line
This is the best-selling fly line in the world and no wonder as it lets you do an awful lot! This is our go-to choice when it comes to dry flies, wet flies, and slowly fished nymphs and buzzers/midge.
It allows you to keep the flies fishing high in the water, they can be fished slowly too, which is great for a natural presentation.
It is the ideal line for presentation fishing, unless it’s windy and then your line control goes out the window!

2. The Midge-Tip
Okay this may well have other names but the premise is the same, a floating line with the sinking front section – 1 to 2 inches per second and normally 3-feet. This front section sinks like an intermediate line and this allows the angler to bed their flies in under the waters’ surface.
It’s a line which offers a little more depth, it’s surprising just how much depth, as well as control when nymph / buzzer fishing. For this reason it’s one that seen threaded though an awful of UK rods from April through to June when we have the cream of our nymph fishing.
It’s also a great choice for wet fly fishing for wild brown trout!

3. Slime Line
Rather than just highlight an ‘intermediate’ line, I thought I’d pick out this one. ‘Slime line’ is generic now, and a few companies make them, it’s basically a clear intermediate line. It has gained a massive foot-hold in our fly line armoury duo in part to it’s clarity, it has no colour.
It sinks around 1.25 to 2 inches a second and it’s good choice for fishing a foot to three-foot down, it’s great for lures, wet flies again – of course in a big wind, the Irish anglers love it!

It’s not as in your face and as visible as a lot of other intermediate lines which can come in various colours and sinking densities and this makes the slime line an essential fly line for boat fishing!

4. The Di5 Sweep Line
Yes, I’m being very specific, like I said I’m looking at essentials here!
For pulling lures, this line takes some beating
Obviously, this will sink faster than it’s Di3 counterpart and for me therefore I choose the five over the three!
Sweep lines, allow you to cover more water as the belly is heavier than the tip, so this means that your flies are fished in a very enticing, fishing finding arc!
I use this line often for finding the trout’s feeding depth, and either stick with it or move up or down in the water column with other lines  to capitalise.

5. 40+ Di7 Extreme Line
This particular line has a short head and so loads the rod quicker and it also features a skinny running line, so that when you cast, if you’re any good, the line goes miles!
It’s this distance that will see me pick this line over other fast sinkers.
If I’m in a boat and paired up with someone, as is usually the case in competitions, I want to cover water before they do, in order to do that I have to cast further!
This is crucial early season when drifting onto banks, get your flies in the area first and you get the fish first, simple!

 

By utilising the fly lines at your disposal not only will you be able to catch more trout, you’ll also get the better ones!

 

I hope that you found this article interesting, it’s basic but it really does highlight the MUST-HAVES if you want to do any good while fishing from a drifting boat.
If you want to learn more about fly lines or indeed how to use the ones highlighted here more effectively then please…

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5 ‘MUST – HAVE’ Blobs!

5 ‘MUST – HAVE’ Blobs!

Competition Fly Fishing has seen many fly patterns come and go but one style of fly which has really made an impact (and they seem to only be getting even more of a Worldwide following) are Blobs.

My favourite, not the usual sunburst but an old yellowy one.

Love them or hate them, Blobs are damned effective at harvesting fish from our stillwaters!

This simple fly, no more than Fritz wrapped on a hook has taken the fly fishing world by storm. Rightly so, it’s effectiveness for ‘speed fishing’ is unparalleled, nothing comes close to its fish catching abilities, nothing!

Okay, it can be argued that it’s more effective on the more curious rainbow trout, but Blobs, less in your face ones, will catch brown trout also.

Blobs can be fished fast with a pacey retrieve or indeed slowly, just let the flies fish ‘on the drop’! Either way is going to catch you trout, but you need to ring the changes to see what is most productive on the day!

The pick of the bunch, the MUST-HAVE Blobs!

Here are the top 5 Blobs ( in no particular order ) that you are going to need if you’re looking to compete in most Loch Style Competitions.
1. The Orange Blob, the original and still one of the best
2. The Black Blob, one for when the bright colours seem to scare fish
3. The Tequila Blob, two tone and deadly all the way through the summer
4. The Biscuit Blob, a more washed out affair that will work its magic on pressured fish
5. The Olive Blob, again one that does well when the trout have switched off from gaudier colours, a good choice in Autumn.

Another victim of the lethal Blob comes to the boat, is this the best still water lure of all time? I guided this chap in the photo, he was form Canada, and when I showed him what we’d be using in order to catch, a Sunburst Blob on the top dropper with two buzzers below fished static, I swear he looked at me funny! He had a field day, most fish coming to the Blob!

Best Blob double team combo -in my opinion – Orange on the dropper Black on the point!!!

If you would like any of these Blobs or more information on how to get the most from them, then please..

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I will elaborate more on how to fish with these flies at a later date so stay tuned, it’s not all to coin a phrase,  “YOBS WITH BLOBS, but it’s close…

In the meantime, here’s how to tie one..