Category Archives: River Flies

Fly Fishing in New Zealand, Essential Fly Patterns.

New Zealand is one of the most incredible trout fishing destinations in the world. It consistently provides giant brown trout along with rainbows that are more akin to steelhead on the West Coast of North America. The crystal clear waters and spectacular dry fly opportunities make the long journey to the other side of the world more than worthwhile. The stunning landscape and plethora of non-fishing activities that can be done in New Zealand make … Read More Fly Fishing in New Zealand, Essential Fly Patterns.

6 Tips on Preparing for Fly Fishing Trips Abroad

fly fishing trips abroad

Autumn is the time many anglers here in the United Kingdom pack their bags and head off to destinations abroad in the search of fine weather and good fishing. Here are a few of my tips on preparing for fly fishing trips abroad. When I come to getting prepared for fly fishing trips abroad, there is no better feeling than being organised. It takes all the stress and worries from the ‘what if’ and ‘have I’ … Read More 6 Tips on Preparing for Fly Fishing Trips Abroad

3 top tips on catching specimen trout from a river…

specimen trout

As we’re nearing the end of the trout season here in the UK, there is no better time to get out on the river bank in search of some late season gold… Here are 3 tips on catching specimen trout. With little over a month of the trout season left, many anglers focus their efforts towards our Grayling, preparing flies and tactics in readiness for the lady of the stream… but I for one prefer … Read More 3 top tips on catching specimen trout from a river…

Top 10 Barbless River flies for this Summer

Barbless River Flies

Once the Mayfly extravaganza is over, it does seem that some days the fishing is ‘hard’ on the rivers, here are my go to barbless river flies for summer fishing.  You will hear that the brown trout or grayling stop feeding, but this is something of a myth. Like us, fish have to feed, the difference is that they become selective, picky and suspicious. For a while, this can be frustrating but you have to … Read More Top 10 Barbless River flies for this Summer

5 River Fly Fishing Tips For Low Water Conditions

Fly Fishing Tips

Although us anglers always curse when it rains heavily, we do need precipitation to maintain the flow of our rivers. Without water, fishing becomes increasingly hard on freestone rivers, particularly if the sun is also shining! Here are Ceri Thomas’s river fly fishing tips for low water conditions. At the time of writing, we are stricken by the driest April for many a year, the rivers are gin clear and rock hard. With that said, … Read More 5 River Fly Fishing Tips For Low Water Conditions

An Emerger pattern for all Seasons – Steffan Jones

Emerger Pattern Brook Dun

Large Brook Duns are a big meal and one that any self-respecting trout would reluctantly refuse, as each morsel provides substantial sustenance, here I show you a favourite emerger pattern which will work in all seasons. As a rule, they do not hatch in the middle of the river and you are more likely to find them in greater numbers closer to the bank or in back eddys. Should you have a current deflection from … Read More An Emerger pattern for all Seasons – Steffan Jones