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
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
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
The Washing Line Method is a generic term used to describe a floating point fly (usually a Booby, Fab or Popper Hopper) with nymphs on the droppers; it allows the angler to fish multiple flies in the killing zone. It’s essential that you understand your tackle and flies and how slight changes in both can affect the depth you are fishing at, as it will allow you to increase your catch rate. Typically, this method … Read More Washing Line Method – Are you being strung out?
My clients often note that my winter fly selection is small. A single box of around 100 grayling nymphs is the norm for my guiding sessions… I do this because I know that the patterns I have in my box are the right ones for where I guide. They are all proven catchers in different water types and conditions, and I know that if these flies aren’t working then very little else would. Below is … Read More A Fly Selection Fit For A Guide: 10 Must-Have Grayling Flies
The holiday season is definitely ‘fishing season’ for anglers, once Christmas is out of the way may fishermen head to their local still waters for some post Xmas fun, here are Simon Robinson’s top tips to catch more fish on Small waters this winter. Whilst I now devote the vast majority of my time to river fishing, I do still enjoy my time on the Still waters. as rivers are often out of sorts during … Read More Top Tips to catch more fish on Small Waters in Winter