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!
The last 5 weeks have been filled with truly wonderful days shared waterside with clients. Midlands Fly Fishing took over 100 people fly fishing during May, from beginners wanting to start fly fishing the right way, to more experienced fly fishers using our guiding service. Great to see so many familiar faces returning as well as new clients.
River fishing has been and continues to be superb, all venues are performing well right now, with dry fly the name of the game. Mayfly hatches are a little behind on many waters this year, so if you want to catch some late action to this hatch, get in touch to discuss opportunities.
Stillwater fishing has also been excellent overall. True we’ve had a few tough days when it’s extremely hot in terms of catches, however we firmly believe in ensuring clients learn, improve and have fun. We cannot control conditions or the mood of fish. This belief is proven again and again, by clients who let us know how much benefit time spent with us has become to their ongoing fly fishing. Great to hear! The big plus with the weather has been the abundance and diversity of insect life. Most days we’ve been able to look at lure, nymph and dry fly fishing techniques in one session with fish responding positively.
Looking forward to the summer months, Stillwater sport will gradually become more challenging. It’s a time when river fishing is often more productive. On waters like the Derbyshire Wye the often quoted term “dog days of summer” really is a figment of anglers imagination as long as you know how, when and where to fish!
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April proved a real mixed month weather wise, however fishing was excellent! A month of introducing newcomers to the sport, eager to enjoy Spring’s bountiful fly fishing. Plenty of seasoned anglers also took their annual fly casting tune up, in preparation for spring trout and salmon.
On the lakes we experienced some superb nymph fishing at times, with some really good buzzer hatches. As I type, we’ve just enjoyed our first fall of Hawthorne flies and the resulting trout feast on the buffet. More of this to come through May, as olives then Mayfly hatches kick in. Looking forward to sharing great nymph and dry fly fishing with clients this month.
River wise our first river trips have been to the highly productive Derbyshire Wye. Despite mixed conditions, we experienced some superb dry fly fishing with the river’s wild rainbow and brown trout. It only gets better and better here, with prolific fly hatches and dry fly fishing to look forward to. Our chalk stream fishing starts this week, with Mayfly around the corner it’s time to chase dream trout on dry flies! If you’ve not yet booked your fishing trip, we have 4 days available currently. Get in touch to book your day.
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Stillwater fly fishing has been superb in recent weeks between the spells of very cold weather. We’ve done very well with lures and nymphs, plus a few fish to dry fly, all in all, very nice. With most water crystal clear, their has been some very exciting, sight fishing. The lake fishing will only become more and more interesting as we move through Spring!
If their is a plus side to the bouts of very cold weather this winter in comparison with the past two years, lakes have a much lower temperature going into spring. Unless we have an extremely hot spring, good fishing should be prolonged to much later in the year for 2018!
Having talked stillwater, we are now just days away from starting another river trout season! It will be fabulous to challenge trout on our favourite flowing waters once more and share this experience with clients.
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2018 has started with some great winter fly fishing on the lakes. It’s a time when either lures or small sparse nymphs work, depending on the day. That said 2 fish came to dry fly, showing the benefits of using a dry with nymph droppers. Lakes have been extremely clear, so fishing lighter lines, smaller flies and longer leaders is paying off, especially during flat calm, bright sun conditions.
Top flies have been lures imitating the baitfish available, bloodworm, buzzers, hares ear nymph.
November has treated us well. Overall mild weather, stunning seasonal colours and some great fly fishing. On the lakes, many clients enjoyed sport with hard fighting rainbow, blue and brown trout during lessons. Fish came to a range of flies, from roach imitating streamers to the sparsest nymphs, depending on conditions.
Late November saw Andy Taylor, editor of Total Fly Fisher join me waterside for the day at Loynton Lakes. Be sure to lookout for the feature in early 2017.
October is a month of mixed blessings. It sees the end of our river trout fishing season, which as usual ended on a high, with lots of fish and some big ones too.
On the plus side, stillwater fishing really comes into it’s own once more. This year, the prolonged mild weather has been good for us, less so for lake fishing, as lake temperatures have remained higher, longer and all that comes with that, means tougher fishing. The second half of October has seen a dramatic improvement in sport however, with some cracking fish landed.
Most importantly our private tuition and courses have been very well received again, with many people introduced to the sport and others advancing their existing skills. Great to see and we look forward to many more.
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Typically, the May/June period has been hectic, everyone wants to fish at the same time. Catches overall have been good on lake and river despite volatile weather.
With the arrival of mid summer, lake fishing is slowing up for trout as waters warm, trout food is way more plentiful and your fly has substantially more competition. Catching is far from impossible however as a number of clients are finding right now. Their are alternatives too, read on.
River fishing on the other hand continues to be productive, particularly on the Wye, right through the summer period. It’s a stunning location combined with excellent fishing make it a must do trip!
On the non trout front, warmer waters mean it’s a great time to chase carp. The popular method in UK waters is to feed floating baits, enticing carp to the surface, then target them with a copy. While this is great fun, the ultimate challenge, is to stalk naturally feeding fish and catch them on fly. Many people will tell you this is not realistic in UK waters, I can promise you it is.
Water selection and weather is critical, we can show you this and much more. Ultimately, the US mentality has gone from seeing carp as a “trash fish” to one of a fly fishing revolution, where they stalk carp on fly like bonefish in saltwater. This is a very realistic proposition, come join the fun.
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