Tag Archives: Fly Fishing

FM Competition Heavyweight Barbless Hooks Review

When it comes to a new range of hook like the Competition Heavyweight Barbless Hooks – I am fortunate to be in a position where I can take them on board and give feedback where neccessary. Of late, I have been reviewing these new hooks from Fulling Mill, and boy are they good… I have used many of the other Fulling Mill barbless hooks with great success, particularly the heavyweight champ hooks for lures and … Read More FM Competition Heavyweight Barbless Hooks Review

Teaching an old dog, new tricks…

Charles Jardine Trout Fishing

I have been utterly, comprehensively and unequivocally… corrupted. To be fair, I was easy prey. If you fish around young people enough, sooner or later, some of their natural exuberance and total lack of fear or prejudice, will, I assure you, rub off. So, with the season “waxing” into the start of the peaks of imitative fly fishing is there any reason to actually embrace the world of colour, prejudice, attraction and fly fishing perceived … Read More Teaching an old dog, new tricks…

Pike Fishing on Chew Valley Reservoir with Ben Bangham

Pike Fishing

I have been fishing for pike on the fly since I was a child. I have really found a passion for pike fishing over the last few years though and have been fortunate enough to have some great results. It is a large part of my winter guiding as well, it’s evident that it’s a very fast growing area of our sport. What makes it even more exciting is that tackle companies have recognised this … Read More Pike Fishing on Chew Valley Reservoir with Ben Bangham

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

Early Season Reservoir Trout Fishing

Early Season Reservoir Trout Fishing

The new season is always an exciting time, we are filled with enthusiasm and expectations that this year we will be our year, we hope that more and bigger fish are just the next cast away… But early season reservoir trout fishing can be prone to changes. The problem is the reality rarely lives up to our expectations, we arrive at our chosen water; Ravensthorpe Reservoir in Northamptonshire with the aim of targeting resident overwintered … Read More Early Season Reservoir Trout Fishing

Using Highly Visible Dry Flies

In recent years I have been experimenting with increasing the visibility of my dry flies, whilst I am still fortunate to have good eye-sight, there are certain light and water conditions where it is difficult to see dry flies on the surface. Using highly visible dry flies is the answer. The best way to do this is to include a ‘sighter’ in the form of a bright post. Conditions where this can help the angler … Read More Using Highly Visible Dry Flies