Flies to Fish Now
This section is taken from the website page with the same name that we updated two days ago. No major apology for that – it would be a bit odd if the advice was different! Click HERE to read the page on our website with all the flies shown on one page or read on below....
We’re now in to the absolute cream of the fly fishing season so do ensure that you make the most of it and get to the water as often as possible (this cold weather can’t last forever)
Many stillwater fly fishers will be reaching for their floating line and box of buzzers – me amongst them! Not only is it a calm and relaxing way to tempt fish with imitative patterns, it’s also absolutely deadly. Whether or not you choose to use a bung/indicator is up to you but either way do make sure you’re fishing with the best possible imitations. We have some crackers, including Traffic Lights, 3D Glass, SBD, McPhail Mirage etc. Do remember that it often pays to switch to more drab patterns when the water’s clear or you’re targeting bigger, over-wintered etc fish. If you just want a quick stop top up of the current pick of the crop look no further than our Deadly Dozen selection. A nice long leader of top quality fluorocarbon helps enormously too – we never use anything but Soft Plus, usually the 10.4lbs, dropping to 8.2lbs in very clear water. Sounds heavy I know but compare its diameter to other leader materials.
If the buzzers aren’t doing their trick and especially on smaller waters give the tried and tested Blue Flash Damsel a swim. If the action dries up try a smaller version of a similar fly. Our little Red Eyed Damsel has been working wonders and our Micro Nomads were introduced for just these occasions. (And apologies that our Micro Blue Flash Damsels are so slow to be restocked. Our tyers in Sri Lanka are trying hard to catch up from closures enforced during the worst of the pandemic. We will let you know just as soon as they arrive!)
On the warmer days when there are rising fish give the Midas a try or – if they’re taking something just sub surface – this Hare’s Ear Suspender. Another approach which can be used to deadly effect on so many days is the 'washing line'. Find out more about this set-up HERE in our 'How to and Where to' section.
Now really is the perfect time to be on the rivers. Fly life at the moment might include any or all of the following – Hawthorns, Grannom, Iron Blues, BWOs and other olives including the large Dark Olive, on warmer evenings there will be Sedges about and the scene is set for the entry of the biggest and juiciest of them all - Ephemera Vulgata, the majestic Mayfly. You will find specific patterns for all of these fly species on the website but all round ‘generalist’ patterns you shouldn’t be without include the ever reliable Parachute Adams (we also love the Klinkhamer version of this fly), the Grey Wulff, the Deer Hair Emerger and a big favourite of mine at sedge time – the Stimulator.
The salmon fishers will be starting to put away the faster sinking tips and fishing a little higher in the water. Given good conditions it’s time to tie on an old favourite like the ever dependable Cascade, a Posh Tosh or maybe a Willie Gunn tube. Often a size 8 will be the right choice but don’t be afraid to move up and down the size range and it’s always a good idea to occasionally show the fish a fly that they won’t have seen before. A hitched Sunray Shadow delivers on that thinking 100% and it’s a hugely exciting way to fish too.
It’s still a bit early for the saltwater fly fishing scene in this part of the world but the mullet master himself – pro team member Colin Macleod – has been getting amongst them already, catching no less than 6 of these fish once believed impossible to catch on the fly, in just one session last Friday, including a very early Golden Grey mullet. I have a day with him planned later in the year and I’m looking forward to it enormously. I’ve also heard mouthwatering reports of big bass on the fly from East Anglia, a coastline I’m not yet familiar with – but will be soon! With summer holidays overseas still very much in a state of flux we’ve never sold so many bass and mullet selections. Why not pick up a pack for yourself and join the fun?