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    Default Re: Can anyone help a beginner and recommend a river fly?

    Quote Originally Posted by bill1 View Post
    Yer daft pillock. Nobody's going to laugh at you and if they do they're not worth bothering about. Everybody has to start somewhere. I don't know the fisheries down your way but put up a post asking and somebody on here will advise you.
    Commercials want you to come back so they'll do everything they can to help you catch. When you turn up and pay your money, tell them you're a newbie and ask their advice. They'll go out of their way to help you.

    As Coasty says, rivers aren't at their easiest at this time of year and the grayling can be fickle and difficult to find. At least on a commercial, you know that they are there. There's almost always a window when Rainbows will come on - very often they'll take throughout the day - they are a coldwater species. The trick is to find the depth that they're moving around at. Well, one of the tricks
    Yes Bill

    You have quiet a few tricks up you capacious sleeve.

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    Default Re: Can anyone help a beginner and recommend a river fly?

    This time of year for trout, it's very difficult to go wrong with the following weighted nymphs. As a note, I'm in the US, but I've caught fish on all of these in the UK.

    Another note: Size matters. No, the size of the fly. In many cases, this is more important than the actual pattern. I usually carry all my small river patterns in sizes 18, 16, 14, and 10. To avoid draining the bank account, my suggestion would be to get a 16 and 14 in each pattern as a starting point.

    - Pheasant Tail Nymph (PTN)
    - Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear nymph (GRHE)
    - Black Hare's Ear
    - Prince Nymph
    - Pink Scud
    - Orange Scud
    - Stonefly - in a variety of colors, sizes 14 and 10 are my usual go-to sizes.
    - Glass midge

    And finally, a streamer: A black, beadhead woolly ****** in sizes 12, 8, and 4. This is a universal searching pattern that works in a huge variety of situations. Honestly, if I had to pick one fly that would get your a trout, this would be it.

    To be honest, if you can't catch on the patterns above, it's not fly selection that's the problem. While much is made about dry fly technique, fishing the dry fly is actually the easiest. Nymphing techniques are by far the most difficult to learn, but nymphing when done well is also the most productive technique overall.

    Grouse

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    Default Re: Can anyone help a beginner and recommend a river fly?

    Quote Originally Posted by bill1 View Post
    Yer daft pillock. Nobody's going to laugh at you and if they do they're not worth bothering about. Everybody has to start somewhere. I don't know the fisheries down your way but put up a post asking and somebody on here will advise you.
    Commercials want you to come back so they'll do everything they can to help you catch. When you turn up and pay your money, tell them you're a newbie and ask their advice. They'll go out of their way to help you.

    As Coasty says, rivers aren't at their easiest at this time of year and the grayling can be fickle and difficult to find. At least on a commercial, you know that they are there. There's almost always a window when Rainbows will come on - very often they'll take throughout the day - they are a coldwater species. The trick is to find the depth that they're moving around at. Well, one of the tricks
    I know your right. I'm going to Manningford on Sunday. Charles Jardine is doing a demostration so i guess that's not a bad place to start. Also it will give me a chance to have a look around and then i need to book a day.

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