Midlands Fly Fishing — The Blog￼
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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Fly fishing right now is hitting high gear, with good fishing on both rivers and lakes. Fly hatches are good now, bringing fish up in the water regularly and providing quality dry fly fishing in addition to nymph fishing.
As I write all waters have seen hatches of Mayfly start up, this will intensify over coming days, providing some very exciting fishing and large fish. On the lakes several coarse fish species are spawning, with trout hitting smaller specimens during times of low light. At these times, switching from insect based flies to streamers is proving very productive.
Fly fishing during January 2016 carried on where December left off, with some superb days. Overall we’ve had good catches this month, despite a very brief visit from a proper winter and the weather being less stable than it had during the latter part of 2015.
The usual mix of nymph and lure patterns have been producing fish. During colder weather, smaller, sparsely tied flies fished slower were the key to success. Brighter days provided better conditions for fish spotting, allowing clients to stalk sighted trout, while a few test fishing sessions for pike proved productive in terms of fish numbers, if not size. As we move into February, I expect some bigger fish to show up!
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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: –