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
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.
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
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
I’ve been lucky to travel to many places throughout the world with a fly rod in my hand. When I get home though it isn’t long until I have unpacked, strung up my rod and headed to my home water, the Taw in Devon – home to some of my most favourite brownies on the planet… As trout streams go this is a nice one. It might not be one of the big name rivers … Read More There’s no place like home…
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