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Q What is the best set-up for small still­wa­ters in win­ter? I’ve tried the wash­ing-line method, but at this time of year it doesn't seem to work as well. Paul Dak­ers

ROB ED­MUNDS REPLIES: In win­ter, the fish hold deeper in the wa­ter and are of­ten un­will­ing to chase a fly moved at pace. They also tend to hold in cer­tain ar­eas rather than mov­ing around a reser­voir or still­wa­ter, mean­ing they won't come to you – so you must find them. I al­ways keep things ex­tremely sim­ple. Fish a sin­gle fly on a six to 12-foot leader of 8lb fluoro­car­bon. As re­gards pat­terns, all you will need are lures around 2.5 to three inches long. Black & Green Tad­pole, a Cat's Whisker Tad­pole, a Black & Green Booby or a Cat's Whisker Booby are all you will ever need! Fish the Tad­poles on a 10 to 12-foot leader on an in­ter­me­di­ate line and work the bot­tom half of the wa­ter col­umn. So, count the fly down five, 10, 15 sec­onds and so on, and then re­trieve with slow, steady pulls or a medium fig­ure of eight. Your other op­tion is to fish a Booby on a sink­ing line. Any­thing from a fast in­ter­me­di­ate to a Di-3 would be ap­pro­pri­ate but with a much shorter leader of be­tween six and eight feet. Again, make a cast and count the fly down at least 15 sec­onds be­fore fig­ure-of-eight­ing it back. If you do not catch within 15 min­utes move spot and keep mov­ing un­til you find the fish. Both meth­ods will work and there is no need to change.

You've got to find the fish dur­ing win­ter, they won't come to you.

Four lures for the cold Black & Green Booby Hook: Size 8-10 comp heavy Thread: Black Tail: Sparkler tin­sel over­laid with black marabou Body: Blob che­nille – rear quar­ter fluo green and front three quar­ters black Head: Black foam booby eyes

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