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Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tactics -

Fish nat­u­ral pat­terns as wa­ter warms to co­in­cide with in­sect hatches. Try Blood­worms, PTN, Buzzers and Di­awl Bachs.

Scale down fluoro­car­bon strength from say 8lb to 6lb. Apart from be­ing less vis­i­ble it gives flies free­dom of move­ment.

Stay on the move be­cause five min­utes in the right place is bet­ter than hours in the wrong place. You must be over the fish.

Fish dries in calm wa­ter at the top of the wind. These will pick up the dif­fi­cult fish on hard days. Try Black CDC, or olive ver­sions.

When lure fish­ing, drop down to a sin­gle fly and long leader of 15-17ft. A team of flies can put fish off re­sult­ing in fol­lows only.

Don’t ig­nore the shal­low mar­gins, as res­i­dent fish will be here. There’s plenty of food present and the weed pro­vides the cover.

Work the wa­ter depths. Avoid one fly, one depth and one re­trieve - mix things up. Fish move around the lake and through the depths.

Ask fish­ery staff for in­for­ma­tion about pro­duc­tive ar­eas and flies. This saves time al­low­ing you to work out the feed­ing depth of the fish on the day.

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