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Fishing Report at December 20th 2018

Posted on December 20th, 2018

fly fishing at sunset
A stunning sunset. Now is the perfect time to target fry feeding trout!

December is proving to be a fabulous time waterside. You get to witness spectacular sunsets and enjoy the visual sensation of quality trout chasing small fish for their supper! Sometimes those trout prove to be very large indeed!

17lb rainbow caught at dusk
Last cast of the day brought this awesome rainbow and big smiles!

At this time of year, it’s very much about being in place at the right time, making the right choice. Feeding activity often occurs in short bursts, on and off through the day. Trout typically wanting either a large meal or lots of small bites, rather like us, full on Christmas dinner or party food nibbles!

We’ve been out with clients helping them not just enjoy some good fishing, but also enabling them to figure out the “WHEN” “WHERE” and “HOW” themselves. After all that is what will progress your fishing, maximising your enjoyment from that precious time waterside!

Wishing you a fabulous Christmas & happy New Year!


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What’s Right for You, Fly Fishing Course or 1-2-1 Lesson?

Posted on November 12th, 2018

When arranging fly fishing tuition for yourself or someone else, it’s important to select the right format. For this reason, we’ve provided you with a guide to choosing between our fly fishing courses and fly fishing lessons, so you receive the very best experience!

Fly Fishing Courses

Beginners Fly Fishing Courses

Beginners Fly Fishing Courses

Our beginners fly fishing courses run during spring and autumn annually. Both seasons are popular, productive times, with events designed for people wanting a fun, effective, introduction to fly fishing. These day’s suit people who enjoy learning as part of a group very well. Many clients meet future fishing buddies during their course and this adds a real social aspect to fly fishing. At the same time, we recognise the value of personalisation. That’s why we keep group sizes small, key general points are imparted to the group, while a little 1-2-1 time fine tunes things for you.

Fly Fishing Lessons

Fly Fishing Lessons

Fly fishing lessons offer the benefit of personalised coaching designed just for you!

Booking a fly fishing lesson gives you the option to have 1-2-1 time with Steve or share the lesson with people you know. You can book to suit your availability as we operate 7 days a week throughout the year and all sessions are bespoke to help you achieve your goals while enjoying yourself waterside. This option suits people wanting to improve their fly fishing and beginners who prefer a private lesson tailored just for them.

Arranging fly fishing tuition for someone else?

Having seen the benefits of each option above, you now know what to book for the lucky recipient! Great, contact us to make arrangements or give them total flexibility and purchase a Midlands Fly Fishing Gift Voucher. They can get in touch and book a convenient date.

If you would like to discuss your specific requirements further, please contact us today!

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Fishing Report at 6th November 2018

Posted on November 6th, 2018

Autumn Trout

Nigel with his 1st trout on fly!

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.

Big Rainbow Trout

Alan with his 13lb trophy rainbow trout. What a way to celebrate your Birthday!

With light levels still decent and water temperatures down, now is great time to target big trout like this stunner. Drop us a line to discuss your trip.

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Fishing Report at October 12th 2018

Posted on October 12th, 2018

River Wye Rainbow

A fine example of quality trout caught during the last weeks of of the river season.

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.

Want to join us on the river in 2019? Get in touch to discuss your trip here.

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.

First trout on fly

First trout on fly!

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.

Best Fishes


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Fishing Report at September 4th 2018

Posted on September 4th, 2018

 Wild Brown Trout

Nice wild brown trout from Derbyshire’s river Wye.

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!

Have fun.


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Fishing Report at 5th June 2018

Posted on June 5th, 2018

1st trout on fly!

One of many people enjoying an introduction to fly fishing in May.

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.

A superb river brown trout of 4lbs, a big trout from a small stream.

Austin with his biggest river brown!

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 ┬ábelief 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!

Thanks for reading.


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Fishing Report at 1st May 2018

Posted on May 1st, 2018

group fly fishing days

Spring is a great time to start fly fishing!

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.

Brown Trout from the Derbyshire Wye

A wild brown trout from the river Wye

Thanks for reading!


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Fishing Report at March 14th 2018

Posted on March 14th, 2018

Spring into action with midlands fly fishing

Fine early spring fish and big smiles.

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!

Lakes were frozen solid.

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.

Fly Fishing Rivers

Client & Guide enjoying the challenge of early spring fly fishing for trout. Join us!

Thanks for reading.


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Fishing Report January 2018

Posted on January 29th, 2018

winter fly fishing success

Tom with a nice rainbow, from a very productive lesson, during a tough fishing conditions.

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.

Many anglers are looking ahead to spring, so now is the time to tune up casting for the season ahead and arrange lessons for the lakes and river trips!

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Fishing Report at December 16th 2017

Posted on December 16th, 2017

Winter trout fishing success

Learning and having fun. A win, win situation!

Other than the 3 days lost to lakes being iced up during December, the fishing is great! Clients new to the sport or previously unconvinced about fly fishing in winter have enjoyed the fruits of learning some new tricks!

Top flies are lures, buzzers, bloodworm, damsels and sparse general nymphs like the hares ear right now.

Taddy Buzzer

Size 16 black/red taddy buzzer. Try tying some of these for when the going gets tough!

Wishing you a great Christmas from team MFF!

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