Autumn Action - and how to get your share of it
It's that time of year when some fly-fishers are putting their gear away until next year (a mistake we think - more on that later!) That makes it a great time to top up the fly box and to replace those flies that were delivered with unerring accuracy into an overhanging bush or wrestled from your line by an unseen leviathan. Often these will be the patterns that really work (the reason they were being used in the first place) so stock up now before you forget and head off to the water in 2020 without them! Take advantage of the....
Selectafly Autumn Offer!
As an incentive, while stocks last, we're offering a choice between three super selections of flies, all taken from our premium Pro Range, absolutely free! to anyone who makes an order for more than £30 from today until 20th November. Stocks are limited so don't leave it too late and do please check availability via the home page on the website. The patterns you will receive are exactly as in the photos below.
Selection One is one dozen super Stillwater Trout Flies - value £13.90
Selection Two is a dozen classic Dries, Wets and Nymphs - value £14.00
Finally, Selection Three is 5 great Salmon Doubles - value £14.25
PLEASE INDICATE WHICH SELECTION YOU REQUIRE IN 'ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR SELECTAFLY' AT THE ORDER SUMMARY STAGE OF THE CHECKOUT PROCESS. ANY QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS CALL US ON 01753 883366.
Out and About
So, if you're not ready to hang up your boots for the season just yet, what's on offer right now?
It is getting rather late to try to tempt a salmon, although the mighty Tweed still has another month to go and if your ambition is to catch one in December then head for the Camel or the Fowey down in Cornwall.
Graying fishing, on the other hand, is just moving into its prime time - we're selling lots of Czech Nymphs and Tungsten Beadheads at the moment and if you want to know what the most popular and successful grayling patterns are just invest in our Top Performer selection because that's how we choose which patterns to include! Great fishing for these beautiful fish is very widely available and if you're unfamiliar with where and how to get started with this type of fishing here are some sites that might help you on that journey - join up with a friend or two to reduce the cost and enjoy a fun day together:
Fishing Breaks - Grayling (it was via this operation that the record grayling of 4lbs 8ozs was caught from the River Frome in February this year!)
For guiding on the Dee and tuition on the full range of grayling fishing techniques contact Andy Taylor or Phil Dixon, both top notch fishermen, as evidenced by their record in competitions, and both very much at home on the Dee.
Meanwhile, on the south coast we're still catching bass on the fly. A good friend and I have caught plenty in the past ten days and I'm planning another trip this week! Wherever I've chased bass, from North Wales to the South West, the locals all say this is the time to catch the bigger fish and as the water cools down a little, to offer the fish something worth chasing, we're also tending to fish rather bigger flies, often something with a bit of built-in weight. The top performer on recent outings has been the Oz's Euro Bass Clouser - and many of the fish haven't just nipped it, they've engulfed it! Look for a place where the tide creates a decent rip of moving water and don't stay rooted to the spot doing the same thing if you're not getting any action - but don't hesitate to revisit promising looking places at different states of the tide.
Finally, stillwater trout fishing is still going strong. Many of you will know of my affection for Grafham Water, especially in the last three months of the year and last Sunday reminded me why. Fishing from the bank - away from the most popular places - I was lucky enough to catch seven fighting fit rainbows and a bristling beauty of a perch which we weighed in the net at 3lbs 6ozs. The trout are now enjoying their seasonal diet of killer shrimps and doing very well on it - full finned bars of silver which will test your gear.
These fin perfect fish are what it's all about and they were all caught in the past 4 days. The superb bass (which was returned after weighing) was a solid 5 pounder and the larger rainbow was 4lbs 10ozs, caught on a size 12 Red Holo Diawl Bach, taking its anxious captor into the backing 4 separate times - not surprising when you look at its tail!
If you're missing the sunshine....
Great fishing friend David King is just back from a highly successful two weeks hosting groups fishing the flats in Ascension Bay, Mexico. Here's what he had to say
'two fantastic weeks with over 300 fish to the fly, including 11 Permit, 25 Tarpon, Bonefish galore and some very special Snook. A strong winner for the week the Spawning shrimp delivered again and again, swiftly being the fly of choice with the guides. Two of our guides believe the fly should also be tied on a size 2. Permit love them. For me personally your Avalon Shrimp did the business.'
On David's advice we will get the Spawning Shrimp, which is already very successful on the original size 4, tied up in a size 2. This fly has quickly become a 'must have' bonefish pattern wherever in the world they're being fished for. It's the first one I tie on every time, mainly because bonefish love it but a 'bonus reason' is that it's a pretty good option to have on the end should an unexpected permit appear.
If you want to find out more about joining David fishing in Ascension Bay or one of his other overseas destinations visit http://www.thatfly.co.uk/home.html - and you'll find his number there if you want to chat about the options.
|What a fantastic snook - and there were even bigger ones about!!
The advice this time is short and sweet and it is to repeat for you what I thought was expressed rather well during a chat last week with a hugely experienced and successful fishing friend. We were talking about the very variable quality of flies available on the UK market and his comment was 'what people need to appreciate is that the closer your tackle gets to the fish the more important it is that it's the best'. So, by all means invest in the latest wading technology or a super new rod but don't pay for it by arriving at the water with anything less than the very best flies and leader material. Fortunately, we stock both!
Brave the elements and get fishing - you won't catch them sitting in front of the TV (although that's what we'll be doing on Saturday morning - Come on England!!)
Tight Lines and very best wishes from us both,
Jessica and Martin