Are these the best 6 Stillwater Fly Patterns for Winter Success?

fly patterns

Whilst some flies are famous for catching fish all year round, the vast majority of fly patterns have certain times of the year when they just work better than others, and this is certainly true of winter fly patterns. Whilst these flies can, and do work, throughout the main body of the season, for various reasons they certainly excel in cold winter. The selection below is my top 6 winter fly patterns and I would … Read More Are these the best 6 Stillwater Fly Patterns for Winter Success?

Dry flies, how big should I use them to induce a take?

Dry Flies

When it comes to fishing a particular method I opt for what I think is appropriate at the time I am standing in the river. That having been said, if you held my arm behind my back and told me to choose, it would have to be to fish a dry fly to rising fish. See how I fish big dry flies below… There is something that brings out the hunter in me when I … Read More Dry flies, how big should I use them to induce a take?

Fishing Dry Flies for Grayling on the River San

Grayling Dry Flies

October has to be one of my favourite times to fly-fish for Grayling, it just so happens that it’s also one of the best months of the year to fly-fish for them on the River San in Poland. The first time I fished the mighty River San was around 5 years ago now, over the years the San has taught me things that no local river has.. or even could in many ways. Catching Grayling on … Read More Fishing Dry Flies for Grayling on the River San

Feels like a long way from home – Charles Jardine

Feels like a long way from home - Charles Jardine

River angst. I give you streamers and the British river fly fisher. We do seem to be in denial. No other country has the “hang-up” of fly size that we seem to be mired in. It’s just a fly, for goodness sake…fish feed on food items the size we are imitating, life just does not cosily fit into fly sizes below say, a standard 10 or 12 . Shock and horror, they might just stray … Read More Feels like a long way from home – Charles Jardine

NEW Grab A Pack Fly Selections

Grab a Pack Fly Selections

Choosing the correct fly for the day can be a daunting task, where do you start? Fly boxes containing hundreds, even thousands of flies, many of them ‘favourites’ that have all caught their fair share of fish for you over the years, but, what happens when they fail? Try them all again? Well, we’ve taken the guesswork out fly fishing and created a selection of flies that are not only best sellers but highly regarded by … Read More NEW Grab A Pack Fly Selections

Fishing slow water for Grayling, are you ignoring it?

fishing slow water for grayling

Since the introduction of the French Leader, which, granted, is a devastatingly effective method for both trout and grayling (see how to fish it here), I’ve noticed a considerable amount of anglers simply sticking to this method and fishing all the likely looking ‘french nymphing’ water and ignoring the slow glides. Throughout the winter, slow water can quite often be THE place to fish as it can hold large shoals of grayling. So I pose the … Read More Fishing slow water for Grayling, are you ignoring it?