Essential Skills - Dry Fly and Mayfly with Oliver Edwards
Spring on the chalkstreams of Southern England is a magical time of year and there is perhaps no more anticipated hatch than that of the mayfly. When the hatch is really thick and the trout are locked on to these large and juicy insects floating downstream then "duffers fortnight" is truly underway.
Despite the reputation for the trout being less wary that is not always the case and they can be downright difficult which leads to close imitation of the natural fly being a distinct advantage. In this video Oliver Edwards fishes his Mohican Mayfly pattern which is a great representation of the Green Drake, and then goes on to show how to tie it. For those fly tyers amongst us I can see that the pattern would be a great addition to your fly box and looks to be a fun one to tie too. Out on the water there is the usual very well shot camera work with some lovely seqeuences of fish rising to the naturals such as the one shown in the trailer above.
The other half of this DVD is given over to the more usual upstream dry fly fishing on the chalkstreams. Oliver shows us his favoured Paradun and Footprint Dun patterns which are used to match any of the Olive or Spurwings by simple amendments to the materials, colour and hook size when tying.
What I found interesting was the comparison of the flies sitting on the water and the reasons given for the development of the footprint dun. Oliver makes a very strong case for using this pattern for particularly fickle fish. Again the on the water action is very enjoyable as Oliver uses the Paradun and works his way up a small chalkstream fooling some nice trout along the way.
This has been a very enjoyable series to watch and review so far and I happily continue to recommend it.
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