Welcome to Issue nine of Today’s FlyFisher…
The issues and challenges that Covid-19 brings to us on a daily basis has resulted in many more people heading to our waterways in search of the solitude, excitement and access to our beautiful natural environment that fishing offers. Whether you fish the small commercial fisheries, drift the open water of our large reservoirs of walk the banks of our stunning rivers fly fishing gives us the opportunity to forget about the impact that Covid is having on our lives. Issue 9 of Today’s FlyFisher, as always, showcases what our sport has to offer, and we hope it inspires you to make the most of the superb sport on offer as we move through autumn.
The features in Issue 9 were shot pre and post ‘lockdown’ and offer you plenty of variety to keep you in touch with the world of fly fishing when the autumn rain prevents us from casting a fly. Here’s what’s in Issue Nine…
On the stillwater scene we bring you a range of features whether you fish from the bank or the boat. Grafham guide Tim Joyce shares the superb autumn sport that Grafham can offer from the bank as the fish move in to feast on the Killer Shrimp. Wayne Jones reveals the effectiveness of the Booby Basher fly line and fishing Boobies at depth at Clywedog Reservoir; whilst Ben Worley shares how good fishing natural Booby patterns can be over the weed beds at Blagdon. Those of you who like to target wild brown trout can get an insight into the tactics to catch daphnia feeders on the Irish loughs, whilst both Kevin Porteous and Bradley Chalmers share the sheer beauty of the wild and remote wild brown trout fishing Scotland has to offer. Lee Cartmail reveals his favourite flies for the smallwaters whilst Scottish Youth International angler Angus Robertson shares his top four patterns for the big waters. Autumn can bring some of the best dry fly action and Steve Smalley explains the benefit of a trio of dries.
If rivers are your thing then take a look at Kieron Jenkins’ tactical piece on fishing Euro Style whilst England International Scott Nellins shares a leader set-up, which covers a multitude of tactics. Ieva Breiteryte shares her favourite flies for the Derbyshire rivers whilst fly tying ace Stevie Dallas brings you a modern twist on the maggot- a great fly for winter grayling. French angler Stan Freyheit reveals the effectiveness on using his Micro Streamers to catch big river trout.
For those of you who like fishing further afield we have more of those dream destinations to stick on your wish list. Stan Moore heads to the Soca Valley on a short three-day break to fish the clear rivers of Slovenia whilst Andy Smith travels to Cuba and reveals the superb sport on offer in Cayo Largo.
On the tying front Kieron Jenkins brings you three must-have patterns for the small waters this autumn. David Heseltine shares the top competition flies of yesteryear, which still have a place on his cast today.
As the cold whether kicks in many of us switch to predatory fish on the fly. German angler Steffen Schulz shares his tactics for catching zander on the fly.
So despite the problems that Covid-19 has brought us, we have in Issue 9, 132 pages of the best of our sport.
Enjoy this issue.
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