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Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Be Inspired -


Ex­pect pe­ri­ods of in­ac­tiv­ity then sud­den ac­tion. Fish will hunt in packs and leave the deeper water to hunt fry then re­turn to the safety of the deeper water.


Take a 7 or 8wt rod ca­pa­ble of turn­ing over large, bulky pat­terns and cop­ing with the pow­er­ful runs of big fish. Heavy leader of 8lb min­i­mum with 12lb prefer­able.


Have one fly box with all of the nec­es­sary pat­terns tied on good hooks with thick wire that will not bend out when play­ing a fish.

4 Thor­oughly check the leader af­ter each big fish. It can be­come frayed by the ra­zor-like teeth of a big brown, or on un­der­wa­ter ob­struc­tions. 5 Fish a sin­gle fly only – knots mean weak­ness and drop­pers can snag on weedbeds, boats or other struc­tures. Also, two 4lb fry feed­ers hooked at the same time means break­ages even on a 14lb leader. 6

Plan what you in­tend to do once you hook a big fish - where is best to land it, can you steer it away from any ob­struc­tions? Try to visu­alise po­ten­tial problems and, more im­por­tantly, plan your so­lu­tions. A big land­ing net is es­sen­tial.

7 Get up to date in­for­ma­tion on your reser­voir. Read re­ports and keep in con­tact with friends. Try to set up a net­work of con­tacts so you know what is go­ing on. 8 Re­spond im­me­di­ately. Fry-feed­ing won’t last long once the word is out. You must be pre­pared to drop ev­ery­thing to get the best sport and the best spot. 9

Sus­pender Minkies are bet­ter than Spon­doolies or Ethafoam Float­ing Fry as they sit just sub­sur­face rather than in or on it. Match the size of the fry fish pat­terns.

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