Midlands Fly Fishing — The Blog￼
Typically Stillwater fly fishing for trout has become more challenging as summer progresses and our focus has been on the learning element here while coaching clients. Having said that, fishing is certainly not impossible, fish are being caught, you just get less chances right now. Once water temperatures and hence food supply drops in autumn, fishing will pick up, meantime hang in their everyone, especially those of you new to fly fishing!
Now is the time for a quality fishing experience on rivers. Our focus on spring fed rivers such as the Derbyshire Wye, offers excellent fishing opportunities for fly fishers seeking a quality guided fly fishing experience or a river fly fishing lesson.
Great dry fly and nymph fishing in clear water is available right now. If you struggle to catch in summer let us show you how.
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The May/June period is always a great time to be waterside, this year is no different. Our stillwater fly fishing lessons and courses have proved hugely successful once again this Spring, with good catches made too. As I write it’s blowing a gale and we’ve had lots of heavy rain in the past 24 hours, while we might not like it, most waterways and trout will be appreciative. This will help keep the fishing good as we move into summer.
While our Spring/Summer courses are sold out, we have private lessons available daily. If you want to join a course, Autumn courses are booking now, so get in touch to talk dates.
On the rivers, the season proper is in full swing, with excellent dry fly fishing. Our guided chalk stream fishing has been in great demand during the Mayfly period, where clients have enjoyed excellent fly fishing. On the river Wye in Derbyshire the fishing has been excellent and we are in the middle of Mayfly here. The great thing on the Wye is, it does not matter whether you fish at Mayfly time or not, the dry fly fishing is so good, you can come anytime from May to October and have a good time!
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With the river trout season in full swing and lakes fishing well, we are at that sweet spot during spring where the countryside looks as green and lush as it will all year and the fly fishing prospects are awesome!
Clients are having a ball on the river Wye Derbyshire, where the river is extremely clear and you watch trout eat your fly. Great fun to present a weighted nymph to fish visible several feet down and watch their reactions. Likewise, the excitement of watching a deep lying trout move slowly up to inhale your dry fly, gets the adrenaline flowing for sure!
Lakes are at their spring best, good hatches mean quality dry fly and nymph fishing and some really nice fish are being caught (fighting like tigers too).
Topping everything off, we encountered the first Mayfly hatches last week in the Cotswolds, providing a taste of things to come. It was those magical 2-3 days when the trout seem not to know what to do with them and carried on munching through tiny black gnats and midges. That uncertainty won’t last long!
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It’s official, Spring is here! March has been a very interesting month. Early March saw me presenting at the first London Fly Fishing Fair, a really good event, with a venue and organisation that shows fly fishing in a very good light. It was interesting to contrast my environment during those two days, with my normal office, a prime example of the beneficial effects and true escape fly fishing provides!
The rest of March has been focused on the water, the seasonal increase in fly fishers emerging from fly fishing hibernation has begun. Lakes are fishing brilliantly, many quality fish being landed fighting well above their weight. A combination of nymph and lure fishing according to daily weather conditions have been the ticket to success.
Finally, the river trout season opened mid month on the Derbyshire Wye. Typically sport centres on nymph fishing, with fly hatches very much dependant upon conditions day to day. March 2017 is no different and it has been great to catch the first wild brown trout of the year with clients once again.
Looking forward April, May and June are going to be awesome! If you’ve not yet booked your trip, get in touch.
2017 has started where 2016 ended, plenty of quality fly fishing for trout on the lakes. A variety of nymph and lure tactics have been successful and it’s been great to share this with clients who want to improve their existing skill set.
Another popular activity right now is tuning up your fly casting in readiness for Spring. Several anglers joined me during January to start casting programs and it looks like February will follow suit. If improving your fly casting was a New Year’s resolution, then come join me.
Looking forward the remainder of winter and spring will provide great stillwater action for trout and pike too over the next few weeks. A new river season is on the horizon and spring is starting to look busy.
November has treated us well. Overall mild weather, stunning seasonal colours and some great fly fishing. On the lakes, many clients enjoyed sport with hard fighting rainbow, blue and brown trout during lessons. Fish came to a range of flies, from roach imitating streamers to the sparsest nymphs, depending on conditions.
Late November saw Andy Taylor, editor of Total Fly Fisher join me waterside for the day at Loynton Lakes. Be sure to lookout for the feature in early 2017.
October is a month of mixed blessings. It sees the end of our river trout fishing season, which as usual ended on a high, with lots of fish and some big ones too.
On the plus side, stillwater fishing really comes into it’s own once more. This year, the prolonged mild weather has been good for us, less so for lake fishing, as lake temperatures have remained higher, longer and all that comes with that, means tougher fishing. The second half of October has seen a dramatic improvement in sport however, with some cracking fish landed.
Most importantly our private tuition and courses have been very well received again, with many people introduced to the sport and others advancing their existing skills. Great to see and we look forward to many more.
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It’s September, we are enjoying the final weeks of the 2016 river trout season with some spectacular fishing. Several trout of 2lbs+ have momentarily visited the river bank to a variety of dry fly and nymph fishing approaches. Their is still time for a late season trip, call for updated availability.
Stillwaters are very much coming back to form now and with mild weather good sport can be enjoyed to dries, nymphs or lures, each having their time and place for success. Lessons on the lakes and guided trips chasing big trout will be available daily throughout Autumn as usual.
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Summer fly fishing on the Derbyshire Wye remains good. The water has remained clear and the sight fishing is so much fun right now. Hatches of up winged flies and caddis, plus spinner falls and terrestrial insects are encouraging trout to feed at the surface. When they don’t, we switch to nymph fishing.
Stillwater fishing is patchy now, typical of August. During hot weather the fish have been dinning at night, during cooler conditions we are catching better, as fish target pin fry and midges. This situation is likely to continue until autumn when water temperatures cool and fish have to work harder for their food.
Typically, the May/June period has been hectic, everyone wants to fish at the same time. Catches overall have been good on lake and river despite volatile weather.
With the arrival of mid summer, lake fishing is slowing up for trout as waters warm, trout food is way more plentiful and your fly has substantially more competition. Catching is far from impossible however as a number of clients are finding right now. Their are alternatives too, read on.
River fishing on the other hand continues to be productive, particularly on the Wye, right through the summer period. It’s a stunning location combined with excellent fishing make it a must do trip!
On the non trout front, warmer waters mean it’s a great time to chase carp. The popular method in UK waters is to feed floating baits, enticing carp to the surface, then target them with a copy. While this is great fun, the ultimate challenge, is to stalk naturally feeding fish and catch them on fly. Many people will tell you this is not realistic in UK waters, I can promise you it is.
Water selection and weather is critical, we can show you this and much more. Ultimately, the US mentality has gone from seeing carp as a “trash fish” to one of a fly fishing revolution, where they stalk carp on fly like bonefish in saltwater. This is a very realistic proposition, come join the fun.
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