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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 ‘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..