Au­tumn set-ups

Af­ter the hot sum­mer, au­tumn brings re­lief. Peter Cock­will re­veals the fly com­bi­na­tions he fishes

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

Four top fly com­bi­na­tions

OUR smaller wa­ters have re­cov­ered from the sum­mer and now we can en­joy some top ac­tion as weedbeds die off, al­gae no longer grows and the wa­ter is clear. Trout love cooler con­di­tions and sense that they must feed in prepa­ra­tion for win­ter such that we can now use a mul­ti­tude of tech­niques. It’s my favourite time of year be­cause the coun­try­side looks lovely, the tem­per­a­tures are com­fort­able and trout give their best in the colder, oxy­genated wa­ter. A float­ing line does most of my work but I have ei­ther a con­ven­tional in­ter­me­di­ate, or prefer­ably a ‘slime’ line too. This line keeps the fly down a bit, which is where the fish mostly are now. It also helps to com­bat the wind by fish­ing un­der the sur­face drift.

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