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  1. Don't you just love it when you fish deep and catch weed and your trout fly is covered in the stuff! You have to stop each time, remove the weed so that you can chuck it out again! You know that 90% of trout are caught deep on the bottom, or so we were told all those years ago.

    Well, have I got news for you!

    Weed grows on the bottom, right. And it grows up towards the surface, sometimes getting there. It gets in the way of casting your fly where you want it to be. It clogs up the water's surface.

    But, it also contains all those little fishy food items that trout love to eat. And shelter and protection for small fry from those hungry predatory fish.

    So, when you are fishing this autumn with your baitfish fly (foam or deer hair patterns), just remember where the bait fish are and fish there. Sure, you will probably catch weed, but you could also catch some large hungry fish as well.

    Wait for the smash takes!

  2. I started my Fly fishing for Carp earlier this year, having recently had a visit to my 'local' carp water. Fish were a bit slow to feed on the surface and when they did so, they attempted to swipe at the dog biscuits to try and drown them. Previously, there has been little hesitation when they are feeding on dog biscuits and just open their mouths and suck the biscuit in. Not so this time. They were copying trout when they attack daddy long legs by swiping at the fly and returning to take the drowned insect. This is fine for traditional flies, perhaps, but the trouble with deer hair is that it sinks a little and then becomes waterlogged and the carp lose interest. I either had to squeeze the fly and dry it, or replace it with a new one.

    I caught 4 Carp, the largest being about 10lb, the others about 6lb or 7lb. I hooked three others but they had other ideas about capture and were obviously not taken with the taste of deer hair, so we parted company quite amicably, although maybe not so much on my part.

    I have not experienced this 'drowning the bait' aspect from Carp on previous visits so it was somewhat disappointing. I may have to revise my tying procedure for the deer hair bodies on the next batch.

    I intend to re-visit the lake later in the summer. Hopefully the fish will be better clued up to surface fishing! I can only live in hope......

  3. I recently spent a pleasant day down at Robinswood Fishery (Surrey) where the Mayfly season was just starting. The main lake is often well fished and many people start there because they can see fish cruising just below the surface. The day I was there was no exception, except (!) there were only two people fishing - myself and a friend.

    However, it was not all plain sailing for me, as the first fish missed was one that came up to look at the fly, possibly noticed something wrong and turned away. I think it likely that the fish could see the nylon tippet. I could certainly see it, lying on the water. Consequently, I degreased the tippet quite regularly and after that I started to catch fish.

    Most were caught on extended foam bodied Mayfly adults tied on short hooks. I find this pattern quite successful as the hackle is tied parachute style and the fly sits nicely on the water. I have caught many trout with this type of pattern. Some fish were taken on Sedge patterns (CdC patterns and Elk hair patterns) and a few on a hatching Mayfly / emerger pattern. The fly had to be sitting on the surface for the most part, but I also had interest with some patterns that sank just below the surface, hence the emerger.

    I have not seen many large hatches of Mayfly yet, so I hope that the season lasts a while longer so I can enjoy a few more days like this one!

    Postscript:

    I think that I may have missed the season, as I have seen very few Mayflies recently and certainly nothing to tempt the trout as in May. But I was out last week and did see two Mayflies dancing in the evening breeze.

  4. I tie flies all year. Many days each week I will sit at my tying bench with our old cat, Missie,for company producing patterns that I know are successful in catching fish. These are usually from publications (books or fishing magazines) or I make up my own!

    My tying bench is really an old computer work station with a separate shelf under the main top, not very elegant but convenient to sit at and well lit by an overhead light. I have all my tools and materials to hand and time flies quickly by!