Midlands Fly Fishing — The Blog￼
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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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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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.
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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High summer is typically a time when river fishing is more productive than stillwater. This year has been no exception. While the lakes became much more challenging as August progressed, clients experienced some epic sport on rivers. Between hatches, terrestrial patterns such as beetles and ants often caught well at the surface. When trout wanted a subsurface fly a mixture of small bead head nymphs in various colours, plus czech nymphs worked a treat as you can see in the above photo.
September and October provide some superb river fly fishing. In my opinion some of the best fishing and with less anglers on the bank than Spring. Join me for a great day out this Autumn!
Although lake fishing has been tough, the cooler weather recently has seen an upturn in sport. From now on, fishing is only going to get better as we move through Autumn. Big hatches of buzzers have been triggering fish, though forget size 10 hooks, we are talking 16-20. Pearl PTNs, butchers, diawl bachs, have also been a productive part of the mix, as trout swapped between nymphs and small fry. Now the fry are bigger you can scale things up a little, moving to larger lures for fry feeders as the weeks go by. Another highly productive bug to imitate are Corixa. When trout are on these, they are incredibly productive, definitely an under used fly.
Want to make the most of your autumn fly fishing? Drop me a line here!