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?
River expert Simon Robinson talks us through his top 7 Grayling Flies for autumn fishing… The autumn months are among the best to fish for grayling in the UK, the days are still reasonably long and conditions usually mild enough to fish comfortably in breathable waders. Also, as winter has not yet arrived the fish are usually active in the upper layers as there is still plenty of fly life around. In many ways, the … Read More Simon’s Top 7 Autumn Grayling Flies
As river anglers we’re lucky, fishing can take place all year round in many rivers due to grayling season being stepped with the trout season – Simon Robinson likes to think that the later part of the traditional trout season as simply the start of his favourite fishing phase of all – Autumn grayling fishing. Here are Simon’s late season river fishing tips. As we move into September I find myself fishing more on rivers than … Read More Late Season River Fishing Tips – Simon Robinson
I have been fishing a few sessions on small waters in recent weeks, mostly in preparation for some local matches but also as a welcome change to the intense programme of river matches I have been fishing, but catching on small waters at this time of year can be challenging, and often means you need to keep changing tactics when the takes dry up. This is a challenging time of year on many fisheries, however great … Read More Changing Tactics to catch more fish
Simon Robinson is what we class a Still Water expert. He’s proved his ability on both bank and boat over and over again, and who better to give us mere mortals small water dry fly fishing tips? At this time of year anglers can have great sport with dry flies on small stillwaters particularly on cloudy days or during evening sessions. On catch and release fisheries there are often large numbers of fish which have … Read More Small Water Dry Fly Fishing Tips
It’s been a very slow start on the rivers this year, the recent cold weather has certainly delayed the fly hatches, and as we move into May I certainly get the feeling we are still fishing in April conditions. River fishing at this time of year is often difficult, here are some top tips to hopefully guide you into some trout. Living in the north of England things are often slow to start on my local … Read More A Slow Start to River Fishing?