Fly Fishing

Tying deer-hair flies

Deer-hair flies come in myriad styles and shapes and can be used to catch many species of fish throughout the world. Examples include the G & H Sedge and the Muddler Minnow for trout, the Water-Walker for steelhead, the Dalberg Diver for pike and largemouth bass and the Canadian Bomber series of dry flies for …

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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 heavily …

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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 to …

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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-and …

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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 deadly …

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