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
Rob Waddington tends to talk extremely highly of Rutland water, the quality of the trout fishing and the fish themselves gets him all worked up – and we can see why! Read his blog and thoughts about Rutland Water. Rutland Water is a vast natural-looking reservoir which we fly fishers refer to as a lake. Since 1976 when it first opened, Rutland has matured to a beautiful leisure resource with world-class birdwatching, Sailing, cycling and … Read More The Special Trout of Rutland Water
Every generation seems to produce a classic pattern that devastates fish stocks from small still waters to reservoirs, In the 1980’s it was the Booby, the 1990’s The Humungous, 2000’s The Blob etc… I’ve seen the future and boldly make a prediction that “The Snake Fly” will be the next modern classic. I will go so far and say that every angler should own at least 6 snake patterns (2 x booby versions and 2 … Read More The Snake Fly Generation?
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
When it comes to catching trout in reservoirs throughout April, buzzers will almost certainly be part of their diet. Us anglers will need to replicate these as closely as possible in terms of movement, shape, and colour. Here are Kieron’s Top 7 Buzzer Patterns to try this April. For us reservoir anglers April is the month when things start to change, the temperatures rise and insect life increases. Buzzers are usually the first to appear, … Read More Top 7 Buzzer Patterns to try for Trout this April