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Which dry fly for trout?

What were the flies of the season on our Cotswold streams? I take a look at four particular examples that worked well for me on the riverbank this year


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The elusive sea bass

When we fish for trout, we know, with some certainty, that the fish are there. Finding a feeding fish and fooling it with a fly is another matter. The story when bass fishing is a little different… Last week I had three sessions fishing for bass on the Cornish coast. Day 1 saw us offshoreContinue reading “The elusive sea bass”

Dee salmon fishing in May

May salmon fishing – not always short-sleeves and floating lines On the River Dee, we expect the best fly fishing of the year in May. The birch trees are in full leaf, the summer migrant birds have all returned and are busy with their nests. We can anticipate fishing floating lines with small flies longContinue reading “Dee salmon fishing in May”

Spring salmon time

It was touch and go but thankfully I was able to travel north in the last week of April and revisit one of my favourite places in the world – the River Dee where it flows through the Glen Tanar and Dinnet & Kinord estates. We were met by ghillies, hoteliers and proprietors relieved toContinue reading “Spring salmon time”

Is this spring?

I am writing this blog post just over a week into a new trout season and, like the early swallows I saw over the Windrush on Thursday, I’m wondering what has happened to spring. We have swung from a balmy March to a first week of April dominated by northerly winds and rudely interrupted byContinue reading “Is this spring?”

Is fly fishing the new yoga?

Fly fishing offers everything you need to enhance well-being: An immersive, meditative yet physical activity for mindfulness. One of the first sports to come back after the lockdowns, the links between fly fishing and positive mental health and physical well-being are well documented. Fly fishing is increasingly being seen as an alternative to yoga orContinue reading “Is fly fishing the new yoga?”

Which dry fly for trout?

Choosing dry flies for trout should be a simple exercise. Surely all we need to do is work out what the fish is feeding on and then present an imitation. That logic is at the heart of the traditional approach to chalk stream fishing developed by Marryat and Halford in the 1880s. They codified theContinue reading “Which dry fly for trout?”

How to catch a fish

My previous blog looked at the steps involved in learning to cast, this time my subject is taking that skill and learning to fish. Casting the fly isn’t an end in itself. The purpose of fly fishing is to catch a fish. Before we start fishing, the very first consideration is staying safe. Whenever weContinue reading “How to catch a fish”

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