Midlands Fly Fishing — The Blog￼
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.
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.
Wishing you a great Christmas from team MFF!
Stillwater trout fishing is on fire right now, the consistent, mild weather means trout are feeding very actively. Most days we are seeing fly hatches at some point and nymphing fish, it’s like mid spring! Buzzers and general nymph patterns, like a hares ear nymph are some of the flies working well. Earlier and later in the day, trout are taking advantage of low light to hunt small fish, this is when streamers are most productive, cast to chasing trout, it’s really exciting. Why not join me this winter?
Rob Pywell pictured above had this to say about his day with Steve: –
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and I was able to take a lot from it. I could not believe how quickly you were able to improve my casting. Then to get out on the water and catch them hard fighting trout was a real bonus.
Large trout and pike are the current favourite targets for our more experienced anglers, with mild conditions and clear water providing great opportunities to pursue these fish.
The pike fly fishing is only going to get better as they feed hard prior to spawning in a few weeks time. Likewise, the stillwater trout fishing during the first half of the year will be great. Plenty to look forward to, so get out there and enjoy!
For the pike take a selection of various coloured streamers and remember, they don’t have to be be massive 10-12 inch flies. Streamers in the 6-8 inch range are much easier to cast for less experienced casters.
On the trout front right now, a mix of streamers, buzzers, bloodworm, hares ear nymphs and a few stalking bugs are proving effective.
With rivers continually blown out in recent weeks, lakes have offered sanctuary to fly fishers in need of a fishing fix. At this time of year the smaller to medium size stillwater fisheries offer great fly fishing opportunities. It’s really a question of deciding what you want from your fishing, then choosing a venue to suit.
With low water temperatures and high oxygen levels, most lakes remaining open for fishing, provide action with rainbows fighting above their weight. Recent lessons at Loynton Fisheries have provided numbers of trout from 3-7lbs to successful students. Most of the time all we’ve needed is a lure in 2-4 colours, blood worm and buzzers in black and grey. The real secret to success is knowing when, where and how to fish them in varying conditions. Lets just say the people who took a lesson now do!
If you crave catching large trout, this winter is prime time to achieve your goal. With ample water supply and overall mild weather, trout have packed weight on and the big trout waters have plenty of really big fish. Premier big trout lakes are the waters to head for. Yes they are more expensive, however the number one rule to catching large fish is, fish where the big fish are. Some top, recommended waters are: –
- Dever Springs
These venues consistently produce numbers of double figure trout, often fish to over 20lbs at this time of year. Read our tips for targeting big trout on fly here.
It’s great to see fly fishing for pike becoming so popular. Mild weather following the pre-Christmas cold snap, triggered a predator feeding frenzy on many waters. Look for weather changes like this, then hit the water to reap the rewards.