Andy Taylor takes a look at some of the new fly patterns to try this winter.
Over the last few ‘winters’ the bank fishing on Grafham Water has been exceptional as both the rainbows and browns have moved in to harvest on the killer shrimp. Local and visiting anglers have made the most of this superb fishing and as a result a range of patterns has emerged which have proved successful in accounting for big bags of trout. Selectafly MD Martin Webster has spent many years on Grafham and has used the following patterns with great success. These flies have increased his catch rate and have turned the ‘lookers’ into ‘takers’.
The Killer Shrimp patterns come in size 10 and 12 and are great flies for your droppers or fished as a team of three. The Foam Hare’s Ear Suspender has been successful fished on its own when the trout ‘mop up’ the shrimp from the surface whilst the Snakelets have been the pattern for the point. I’ve used these patterns and seen them used and they really are the flies for Grafham at this time of year. These are quality fish catching patterns that are well worth having in your box if you plan a visit to Grafham this winter.
Andy is the Features Editor of Today’s FlyFisher.com following three years as Editor of Total FlyFisher. Andy is a multi-capped England International in both loch-style and bank disciplines. A qualified instructor and lecturer, Andy has a wealth of fishery management experience.