It's that time of year when attention turns away from Daddy Long Legs to Fry Bashing - pretty large mouthfuls which fit the bill perfectly for hungry fish, so don't be afraid to tie on rather bigger flies than usual. Having said that when one day a large snake ripped back can be the only method that works, the very next day a small size 14 nymph fished pretty static proves the favoured fly. Moral of the story...be prepared...with BOTH! (but we would say that wouldn't we?!) This is also a time when the big fish come out to play so don't fish too light and risk losing a whopper.
For the salmon, we begin to think ahead to spring and examine our fly-boxes for our selection of early season flies - usually featuring our favourite yellow and black colours. With all the rain of the winter so far we maybe will need to be thinking big and of fishing rather deeper too so something with a bit of weight like a Pot Bellied Pig or a tungsten conehead could well fit the bill.
It's still grayling time too! so think Czech nymphs or some of Lubos Roza's brilliant flies which have gone down a storm since their introduction in 2020 - and maybe a few dries for the more benign days on the river. And don't forget pike can offer tremendous sport until the end of March..
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