Midlands Fly Fishing — The Blog￼
October and early November have been largely kind weather wise and fly fishing overall has been superb on the lakes. Many clients have experienced the thrill of seeing large trout crash into shoals of small fish, then casting appropriate streamers into the fray. At the other extreme we’ve been fishing small, sparse midge patterns to trout gently supping these tiny insects. As always it’s a case of observing and adapting.
Our 2018 river trout season has now closed and what a season it has been. As you can see from the image above, clients enjoyed action with some superb fish! We’ve guided many experienced fly fishers looking for a good day waterside and a little advancement in knowledge, plus coached numerous people fly fishing rivers for the first time and many more somewhere in between.
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Right now however, it’s the stillwater fly fishing that is on the up, with the promise of better and better fishing to come for the remainder of 2018.
Autumn is a fabulous time to start fly fishing. The lake fishing is productive and you have months of good fishing to enjoy and practice ahead of you. It’s also a great time for more experienced fly fishers to target fry feeders and large trout, both very visual, exciting experiences. Any opportunity to catch a fish from the surface on dry fly is worth making the most of now, as temperatures cool fishing will focus more and more on nymph and lure techniques.
An exceptional summer has certainly provided challenging fly fishing on many waters. However the cool, clear water of the Derbyshire Wye provided clients the the best fishing of recent weeks. Exciting sport, casting small dry flies and nymphs to sighted trout. This will continue to season’s end on October 7th. Autumn fishing here is excellent.
Stillwater fishing has been hard and many waters around the country have temporarily closed. Loynton Lakes remained open and in the last 10 days has shown steady improvement in fishing. The great news is fish are taking dries, nymphs and lures right now. Fishing is set to get better in the weeks to come as day length shortens, temperatures cool and food availability in the water falls.
Autumns here and it’s time to enjoy some epic fly fishing!
Summer fly fishing on the Derbyshire Wye remains good. The water has remained clear and the sight fishing is so much fun right now. Hatches of up winged flies and caddis, plus spinner falls and terrestrial insects are encouraging trout to feed at the surface. When they don’t, we switch to nymph fishing.
Stillwater fishing is patchy now, typical of August. During hot weather the fish have been dinning at night, during cooler conditions we are catching better, as fish target pin fry and midges. This situation is likely to continue until autumn when water temperatures cool and fish have to work harder for their food.
October and November to date, have produced superb fly fishing and it keeps getting better. Now the big fish are starting to show more consistently and it’s time to catch yourself a big one!
Top flies are currently black buzzers, bloodworm, stalking bugs and small fish imitations.
Our fly fishing/casting lessons and guided big trout/pike fishing is available daily throughout autumn and winter. If you need further motivation to get out fly fishing, checkout our updated winter fly fishing info, complete with a brand new video.
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The fly fishing is simply superb right now. Stillwaters are fishing well and rivers are on fire. All methods are producing fish, dries, nymphs and streamers. Checkout the selection of images from our lake and river days below: –
The rivers have been the place to be recently, with quality trout falling to nymph and dry fly tactics. Some nice grayling too have been gracing our net on the Coln. With rivers beautifully clear, a favourite and highly productive tactic has been to sight fish. Locating feeding fish before casting means less fish spooked, more fish caught.
Lake fishing has been typically patchy, however, days are getting shorter and the fishing is gradually getting better. This trend is going to continue through to the year end now. All methods are producing fish, used at the appropriate time, the key is knowing when and where.
Looking forward we are going to have some very exciting fishing on both lake and river over the coming weeks and look forward to you joining us. If you don’t currently receive our newsletter, do yourself a favour, sign up using the form to your right!
Ultra mild weather resulted in fabulous fly fishing during November. Typically, less people want to go fishing in November, so with a little free time, we went out fishing ourselves a little more (see above photo). Yes, really, prolific dry fly fishing in mid November, fantastic! The nymph fishing was rather good too.
On the stillwaters, sport really took off. Plenty of fish and quality fish too, falling for completely opposite tactics. Trout were either full on fry feeding, with hectic feeding frenzies and quality streamer fishing or gently supping small dark midge pupa. Other than one tactic being rather exciting and energetic while the other is quite sedate, we caught well with both approaches at the right time.
Winning flies were Loynton Guineas in various colours, minkies, buzzers in black and gray. December looks like offering more of the same with slightly cooler temperatures. Hope to see you on the water!
In September’s fishing report, I said “it remains a popular misconception that fly fishing ends around now”. Well if you needed proof that it actually gets much better, all I can say is October is delivering big time!
Our run of autumn courses were very well received by attendees and it’s great to see many of you waterside, putting into practice what you’ve learned and catching fish.
For much of October, buzzers have been the top producing flies, especially when fished smaller than most other anglers. In recent days the fry feeding activity has ramped up massively, providing some very exciting fishing. One day the trout hammered little roach, shoaling in the lake margins, the next they supped buzzers as I choked on the adult flies buzzing around me, such was the hatch density.
During filming for Fly Fishing Lessons TV last week, we tried various tactics with floating fry patterns. Our efforts produced plenty of attention, with trout charging the fly swirling all around it. Could we get them to eat the fly? No. Swapping to a subsurface fry pattern, saw several pristine rainbows to 5lbs succumb. You will see our antics in a forth coming episode.
We are currently booking lessons for mid November onwards. So whether you want to improve your stillwater fishing or tweak your fly casting, drop us a line to discuss your requirements.
It remains a popular misconception that “the fly fishing season” comes to a close around this time of year. While that is true for river trout fishing, many other opportunities open up.
Right now the river fishing is going out with a bang, as trout feed up prior to spawning, providing great dry fly and nymph fishing. Stillwaters are getting better all the time right now, with most of our clients catching during September’s lessons. The outstanding success has been with buzzers, as we are seeing some fabulous hatches, resulting in hectic feeding activity at times.
The awesome news is, from now to Christmas stillwater fly fishing just gets better. We have some fantastic fishing experiences available, so come on out and enjoy!