One minute it was New Year, the next, it’s the last day of January! Time is certainly flying by it seems. The month has seen us guide clients nymph fishing for grayling on the rivers, run casting lessons for trout and salmon anglers preparing for a new season and work with people of all levels on the lakes, to enhance their general fly fishing skills. Among all this we are preparing for spring ensuring we have everything to make your time with us fun and useful.
The year started with a bang! First lesson on January 3rd saw Andrew (pictured above) land an 18lb brown trout during a lesson to improve his lake fly fishing. A PB for him and the largest brown trout any MFF client has caught with us. A great start to the year and it’s going to be hard to beat as fish of the year, however it won’t stop us trying! Lake fishing has been generally productive during January, with most action between 11AM and 3PM, to streamers, buzzers, bloodworm and general nymph patterns.
River fishing has been good during the second half of January, once water levels receded. Typical of winter grayling, we’ve often had to cover a lot of water in order to locate pods of fish. Once found, most weighted nymphs took fish provided you got them hard on the riverbed. A range of euro nymphing methods and upstream nymph worked according to conditions, with fish to around 1lb landed.
Looking ahead, expect more of the same for February and do get in touch to arrange your spring fishing with us to avoid disappointment!