6 Essential dry flies for the entire River Season

6 essential dry flies

With the start of the new season fastly approaching now is a good time to dig out and dust off the dry fly box, here, Fred Bainbridge – England National Rivers Champion – reveals his 6 essential dry flies for the whole river season. Plenty of anglers spend the winter evenings retying their favourite dries but for many, myself included, we find ourselves busy doing other things and often deferring it until it’s too late… … Read More 6 Essential dry flies for the entire River Season

Early Season trout fishing on the Loughs of Ireland

fishing in ireland

The Western Loughs opened their doors for us on Thursday, February 15th and let’s get this straight; it is not fishing for the faint-hearted! I am looking at the long-range forecast as I write and with a few sessions booked in for the boats, the weather is looking Baltic! Because of conditions like this, February and early March is not every fly angler’s cup of tea and most prefer to wait until after Paddy’s Day … Read More Early Season trout fishing on the Loughs of Ireland

Guido Vinck’s Favourite Reservoir Winter Fly Patterns

In Belgium and Holland we rarely get such a long prolonged spell of blast freezer weather, small reservoirs usually get it the hardest and the waters often freeze – Here’s a quick overview of my favourite winter fly patterns and techniques. Early morning lures… It is a commonly held view that the winter months is the time for pulling lures, but angling pressure is very high on our reservoirs and lures are only effective during … Read More Guido Vinck’s Favourite Reservoir Winter Fly Patterns

Lake fly boxes – What to have and how to keep them organised

lake fly boxes

I really enjoy organising my lake fly boxes, sorting through the rubbish and filing flies away carefully in ordered groups, making for easy identification and allowing quick changes when required. While grouping my flies I point out the difference between the various categories, breaking them down into Attractors, Nymphs, Dries, and Buzzers. These are the most important flies for any beginner, as I mention in my previous blog article. All my flies are organised neatly in … Read More Lake fly boxes – What to have and how to keep them organised

Flies for Springers – Early Season Essentials

Flies for springers

The salmon fishing season is underway on several rivers now and many anglers, including myself, will be glad to get out for a cast again. Rivers in the North of Scotland such as the Helmsdale, Halladale, and Thurso are all open for business again as is the mighty River Tay. This gives anglers an opportunity to try out their new gear purchased during the off-season or to test out new flies that have left their … Read More Flies for Springers – Early Season Essentials