Welcome to Issue eight of Today’s FlyFisher…
Issue 8 has probably been our most challenging issue to date. The last five months have seen so many changes in the way we lead our lives, and in turn this has seen many changes to the sport we love, and the production of this magazine. We have gone from no fishing, during probably the best months of the year, to a resurgence in our sport as fisheries reopened after closing due to Coronavirus.
The features in Issue 8 were shot pre and post ‘lockdown’ and offer you plenty of variety to keep you in touch with the world of fly fishing in between your fishing trips this summer. Here’s what’s in Issue Eight…
On the stillwater scene we bring you features for both the smallwater and reservoir angler. The summer evenings can often be the prime time for catching trout with the last half hour of daylight being deadly. Welsh International Wayne Jones shares the flies and tactics for an “Evening Raid”. If smallwaters are your thing then check out Andrew Taylor’s favourite patterns as the England International reveals his top four flies for the north east venues, whilst top competition angler Mark Harrison brings you his worm/nymph tactic that works when the fishing gets tough. Top fly tyer Emma Whitehead shares her favourite patterns for the southern stillwaters and Ceri Thomas takes us to the beautiful waters of the Elan Valley.
On the big waters Kevin Porteous explains how to target, and catch, ‘spooky fish’. Tom ‘Doc’ Sullivan explains why the Stimulator is such as successful summer fly on the Irish Loughs whilst top competition angler Tim Joyce reveals the flies and methods, which have done well for his team the Reservoir Dogs. TFF Editor Andy Taylor shares his Flat Daddy a fly, which has been THE pattern on the big waters for the last few seasons.
If rivers are your thing then take a look at Kieron Jenkins’ piece on fishing the pocket water on the upper Tees. Terry Phillips shares the effective Caddis Bomb rig. Former England Youth International Oscar Boatfield explains how he tackles a section of river in his feature Fishing the ABC Water.
For those of you who like fishing further afield we have more of those dream destinations to stick on your wish list. Airflo’s Tim Hughes heads to the clear waters of Alphonse Island, fly fishing explorer Rasmus Ovesen targets sea trout in Baltic Sea whilst Peter Morse has some explosive action with the Murray Cod in Australia.
On the tying front Ben Worley shares his superb foam patterns, young Scottish angler Archie McColl-Smith reveals his top smallwater patterns and Kieron Jenkins brings you three superb summer flies to tie. Smallwater expert Matthew Pate brings you the Olive Quilled Nymph in our step-by-step tying feature Flies To Tie and Try.
So despite the problems that Covid-19 has brought us we have 132 pages of the best of our sport.
Enjoy this issue.
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