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  1. #1
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    Default How to fish stillwaters?

    As I am new to fly fishing I don't really know the best techniques to get a bite on still waters such as lakes, on reservoirs, fisheries or on the canal even.

    I realize some of these waters will be murky and warm with fish not coming to the surface very often for dry flies, so are wets and nymphs the best option?

    Should I make a random cast sometimes if I see no activity or try and find the fish first?

    Thanks for your input.

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    Default Re: How to fish stillwaters?

    lakes, on reservoirs, fisheries
    You have to work on the basis that.in these places there will be fish in front of you.Nothing rising then they must be subsurface.so you just cast blind.knowing that your fly/ lure is passing fish.

    Jim
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    Default Re: How to fish stillwaters?

    This might supply some help.

    Favorite Searching Streamer Patterns | MidCurrent

    On stillwaters if I cannot see any fish moving I tend to use an intermediate line and a selection of Cats Whisker/black wooly ******/marabou tailed montana/damsel nymph/Orange lure etc and keep on the move
    I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it's the one thing I can think of that probably doesn't.

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    Default Re: How to fish stillwaters?

    Not a new book by any stretch.... but worth you reading given what you have said in your OP.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pursuit-Stillwater-Trout-Brian-Clarke/dp/0713614730/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1375544187&sr=8-11&keywords=stillwater+trout"]The Pursuit of Stillwater Trout: Amazon.co.uk: Brian Clarke: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41LwTh3yHCL.@@AMEPARAM@@41LwTh3yHCL[/ame]

    Click on the used ones, you'll see there are several at 1p + postage. A bargain.

    Andrew
    Last edited by buzzerfan; 03-08-2013 at 03:41 PM. Reason: Link didn't work, so changed it.

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    Default Re: How to fish stillwaters?

    The Brian Clarke book has helped me improve my success rate quite alot over the last couple of years. Definitely worth the 3quid it cost me

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    Default Re: How to fish stillwaters?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3lbgrayling View Post
    You have to work on the basis that.in these places there will be fish in front of you.Nothing rising then they must be subsurface.so you just cast blind.knowing that your fly/ lure is passing fish.

    Jim
    It requires a lot of faith.

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    Default Re: How to fish stillwaters?

    Just because you can't see them, doesn't mean they're not there...

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    Default Re: How to fish stillwaters?

    If you want plenty of bites try The Highlands of Scotland in September mate

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    Default Re: How to fish stillwaters?

    It's always worth having a recce before forking out your hard earned. chatting to bailiffs/anglers should give you a much clearer idea of things when thinking about a specific venue. If you're fishing a venue 'blind', still have a word or two with the bailiff beforehand as any of them worth their salt will give you an indication of how things are going, where the fish seem to be showing and the different tactics. It goes without saying that experience improves catch rates but, that said, everyone has blank days and these can be reflected upon to better your chances next time.
    Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.

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