Fly fishing on a chalk stream can be extremely rewarding, and one of my favourite ways of fishing on a chalk stream is sight fishing for grayling. Chalk streams give us the opportunity to stalk trout and grayling through their perfectly clear waters and allow us to not only target specific fish we see but watch their reactions to our flies. River Anton I was lucky enough to be invited to fish a stretch of … Read More Want to try sight fishing for Grayling on Chalkstreams?
As we move into the early summer months our rivers across the UK really start to come alive and there are a number of essential river flies to have in your fly box. After the short feeding spells of early season fish will now feed all day. This gives the river angler some great opportunities to not only fish at different times of day but to also fish a variety of methods including dries and … Read More Simon Robinson’s 6 essential river flies for 2018
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