Category Archives: Angling Technique

The Bolognese fishing method

Just some of the floats used for Bolognese style fishing. They range from 2-18g. A round body is best for holding against the flow. When setting up a telescopic rod, ensure all the rings line up, and each joint is securely pulled together. Rings that are out of line hamper line flow. If you don’tContinue Reading

Succeed with silkweed

Rather than trying to put a small piece on the hook, drag the hook through the weed then wrap the weed around the bend of the hook to form a little ball. Powerful currents and deep water make weirs potential death traps. Never climb along the top of a weir – the force of theContinue Reading

Seven styles of midges

Fifty years ago fly fishermen didn’t take midges seriously. They considered midge patterns of minor use only – sedges and upwinged flies ruled the clean lakes and rivers. But today, because of declining water quality, midges have taken over and are thriving. Stillwater trout have had to adapt their feeding habits and now rely heavilyContinue Reading

Seasonal salmon flies

Salmon don’t feed in fresh water, yet they take lures and flies. This is surely an angling enigma. But even more of a puzzle is that salmon take some flies more readily than others, depending on the time of year and the clarity of the water. Even though there are no concrete answers as toContinue Reading

Nine knockout nymphs for river fishing

Ask any ten fly fishermen to name their favourite nymphs, and no two lists would be the same. However, some patterns seem to be constantly in the news, and in too many fly boxes, for them not to be justifiably famous. This selection contains well-proven fish deceivers old and new -from Victorian to contemporary creations.Continue Reading

Tying the bubbly-eyed Booby

Created in 1982 by Gordon Fraser, the Booby ‘Nymph’ really revolutionized Stillwater fishing – especially from the bank. Coupled with a Hi-D line and short leader, the fly rides up off the lake bed – so no more worries about catching decomposing weeds or debris on every cast. You can fish the lure as slowContinue Reading

The history of North Country wets

Rooting through angling history trying to trace the origins of the North Country wet fly is similar to solving a good ‘whodunnit’. In this case no one person ‘dunnit’ – the many sparsely dressed North Country patterns have simply evolved through the generations. The beginnings Poverty probably played some part in the creation of theContinue Reading

Modern Stillwater flies

The depth you fish has a direct effect on the style and dressing of the flies you need. There are deep-water, intermediate and surface-film patterns for boat fishing. Surface flies The flies here should suit any water and a variety of weather conditions. The style of these flies is in direct contrast to their mid-andContinue Reading

Flashy flies for sea trout

Fry imitations, usually more at home on still waters, mirror the shimmering colours of the sea trout’s main food sources at sea – small sandeels and sprats – and are probably the most effective lures. It’s no wonder, then, why traditional dressings in hook sizes 6-10, such as the Alexandra or Butcher, are so deadlyContinue Reading

Artificials for big trout

The great advantage of spinners, spoons and plugs is that trout pick up on their vibrations and hit them out of curiosity, aggression or both. The top contenders Here are nine well-established artificials which have taken their share of trout over the years. 1. Fly spoon A simple form of spinner, the fly spoon consistsContinue Reading