Tag Archives: fly fishing

Fly fishing flies: stonefly 3

Unlike other common aquatic insects for fly fishing, stoneflies are a type of trout food that does not hatch beneath, within, or on top of the water’s surface film. Instead they undergo their final moult to winged adults on land. They will generally find a log, rock, or sandy area near shore to initiate their […]

Fly fishing flies: mayfly 2

This series of four blogs on fly fishing mayflies will, we hope, give you a better grasp of what they are all about, and furnish you with some valuable data for your angling pursuits. From the nymph stage, the mayfly emerges from its underwater habitat and hatches into a winged adult. Subsequently it will live […]

‘X’ Leader Sytem?..Tippet & Leader Comparison Table

I hope the following is helpful for those who get confused with ‘X’ ratings and tippet sizes? Stroft Tippet & Leader Diameter Table Tippet Size Tippet Diameter Approximate breaking strength in Stroft GTM/ABR (kilos/pounds) Balances with fly sizes: Inches Millimetre Kg lb 9x .0025″ 0.06 0.70 1.50 8X .0035″ 0.08 1.00 2.20 22 – 28 […]

Water transparency in fly fishing

An important skill in fly fishing is learning to judge the waters before you even start assembling your rod and line. Lakes and rivers can be divided into categories. First, they are defined by the clarity of the water. How clear the water is determines the depth at which fish lie and the distance from […]

Approaching the water when fly fishing

If you understand, and respect your environment, and your place in it when fly fishing, take pride in your skills, you will have a better experience all round. Be sure to take in the natural world all around you, how the animals behave, changes in plants and insects, the changeable flow of water in rivers and […]

Evolution of Fly Fishing: 6

It seems likely that the fly fishing proper had its origins in the 16th and 17th centuries. At the time recreational fishing for sport or leisure took was just beginning to take off, coincidentally with the publication of Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler, or Contemplative Man’s Recreation in 1653. This book is regarded as definitive […]

Fly Fishing for Bass

Let’s take a look at an interesting species which can be taken in fly fishing, the bass. There are two main kinds: the large mouthed bass (micropterus salmoides); and the small mouthed bass (micropterus dolomieu). Widely distributed throughout the United States of America, bass are regarded as being the most sporting of fish. Not only […]

Fly Fishing: Nymphs

Nymphs are widely used in fly fishing, chalkstreams being a favourite area for them. Nymphs describe the larval stage of mayflies (ephemeroptera) and also – in this case sometimes known as naiads – of damsel and dragonflies (odanata). Other aquatic insects have their own generic terms: stoneflies were called creepers, sedgeflies were caddis worms, while […]

The Origins of Fly Fishing: 4

Volumes could be written on the subject of the history alone of fly fishing. And we would end up with possibly the longest blog in history. However, allowing for the fact that our readers would much rather be out on a river with a rod and line, we’ll keep our blog postings nice and short, […]

The Origins of Fly Fishing: 1

  Fly fishing is a fascinating, complex, multi-faceted and rewarding pursuit (or should we call it an art?) Whether you are the occasional hobbyist or completely immersed in the sport, it has something to offer everyone. Besides the skills one needs to develop in order to have any success at all, there is scope to […]