March & April Dry Fly Collection for Stillwaters
To acompany our Hatch Chart we have compiled a collection of 14 Dry flies which should be perfect for fishing Stillwaters in March & April around the United Kingdom.
Matching the hatch is crucial to a successful days fishing, so most days start with one question 'Which fly should I use?' For many anglers this is answered either by experience or guesswork often based on what has worked previously or something you heard from another angler that worked for them.
Hawthorn Flies also Heather Flies, Black Gnats and Reed Smuts are all a very closely related terrestrial species which, whenblown onto the water, can produce enthusiastic responces from Trout.
Hawthorn Fly - Most commonly found at the end of April, hatches last for only a couple of weeks
Black Gnat - Generic name for flat winged terrestrial species, tiny things about 5-8mm long and black. Trout avidly feed on them
Heather Fly - Normally waits for warmer weather around July time.
Reed Smuts - Often found above the surfaces of streams and rivers during the Summer months.
Midges as you probably know are found EVERYWHERE! They can be annoying but are vital for fishing, as all aspects of a Midges lifecycle are a staple diet for fish. To catch an adult Midge, they either have to be 'stillborn' or the fish was lucky as they fly off rather quick after hatching.
Pond & Lakes Olive may as well be treated as a single species, the only difference being (apart from the name) where they inhabit, and the fact that Lake Olives will appear a moth before Pond Olives. Both species are found throughout the UK, they prefer watm, sheltered slightly alkaline waters. These are most prolific in the Southern half of England and in Irish Limestone Loughs.
Corixa the generic name for approx 30 species of 'lesser water boatmen' found around the UK. Abundant in most British stillwaters, however they prefer water no more than 2m deep because they need to surface from time to time
Freshwater Snails are very oxygen sensitive , in warmer weather they will often float up in larger numbers and can stay there for several days or weeks, until they need to feed again. Trout love to feed on the floating snails enthusiasticly, often to the exclusion of everything else.
Flies in this collection for 2020:
- Heather Fly Foam
- Ak Cdc Para Emerger Shuttlecock
- Black Midge
- Knotted Midge
- F Fly Dark Olive
- It Ought To Be Banned!
- Black Magic
- Blue Quill
- Greenwell Dry (Without Wings)
- Klinkhammer Blue Winged Olive
- Cjs Bow Tie Beetle
- Black Beetle Foam
Please be advised that all fly collections are pre-made and sizes are unable to be specified, if neccessary when making up the collection it is found that a fly is not available a suitable alternative will be selected to the flies specified above. As in line iwth our T&Cs.
March & April Dry Fly Collection for Stillwaters was last modified on 26/02/2021 16:45