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Trout Flies For April

Sunday, 14 July 2013  |  Andy

April almost every fly fisherman will have started their return after the winter break, the last of winter has disappeared and rivers are getting to normality. We see the last of hatches of March Browns in April and on rivers the Pond Olives start to hatch.

 What England & Wales (Environment Agency Rules) Scotland
Fishing Permitted:

Reservoirs & Lakes - Rainbow trout

UK Rivers - Closed season for Grayling  March 15th to June 15th

 

Rivers - open season for Brown Trout

 

Grayling fishing is available on a day ticket basis on some rivers throughout the year, there being no closed season for grayling in Scotland (though this may change)

Rivers - open season for Brown trout

 

 

Notes:

Wild fish will be hungry after a lean winter on rivers with sporadic activity around hatches. Stillwater fisheries show large catches with stocked and grown on fish easily fooled. Used attractors on stillwaters

March Fly Hatches:

South & SE England rivers sees hatches of Large Dark Olives (LDO - Baetis rhodani). North England  & Wales see hatches of March Brown's (Rithrogena gerrmanica).

Full hatch chart available February & March for March fly hatches, customers will be emailed password to this protected area when available)

Scotland rivers will see hatches of Large Dark Olives (Baetis rhodani) and March Brown's (Rithrogena gerrmanica).

Full hatch chart available February & March for March fly hatches, customers will be emailed password to this protected area when available)
Natural Hatches:  
River Flies Recommended:

Nymphs: March Brown nymph (12)  or Waterhen Spider (14)

Dries:  Large Dark Olive (12) or March Brown (14)

Nymphs: March Brown nymph (12)  or Waterhen Spider (14)

Dries:  Large Dark Olive (12) or March Brown (14)
Natural Lake & Reservoir Flies Recommended:

Buzzers - green colour works well early season.

Damsel nymphs - always present, fish particularly along the margins

Diawl batch - a great nymphs attractor

Sandy's Assassins - Emergers  - fish on subsurface film as midges hatch as an emerger

 
Lures for Lake & Reservoir Flies Recommended:

Pulling flies - Viva marabou, Cats Whisker, Humungus. Use Foam Arsed Blobs as suspenders or in washing line rigs

Tactics:

Try a variety of retrieves from a slow figure of eight through to a fast pull. Don't forget trying some short pauses and watch as fish will take right up to the edge of the waters -  It really is a case of finding out what the fish want on the day and can vary day by day in March

 

 

 
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