The weather has been glorious, England has reached the semi finals of the World Cup – so what’s the problem? Well there is little or no water in the rivers and small still waters are too warm – so unlike that classic musical number – the cotton may or may not be high – but the fish are definitely not jumping!
My local water is Grafham and as usual it has been particularly unpredictable – according to the books the bright sun will push the fish deep – but as our rainbows cannot read this is not very helpful! Twice this week I have been out on a floating line and had some excellent sport – even using dries! I have to admit a good Easterly breeze helped giving a nice ripple and creating some wind lanes which brought fish up to a healthy hatch, some terrestrials and snails.
So all my tying has been focused on hoppers, bobs bits, black and peacock spiders and Shipmans buzzers all of which have been taking fish. We all have our favourite dry patterns and all are effective – but I have been using a two fly set up on fluorocarbon a Shipmans on the point and a Bob’s bits on the dropper – this had been very effective in the evenings at Grafham; I had a double hook up and managed to get a cracking brown to the net.
As soon as I typed in the word fluorocarbon I knew I was in trouble – surely I meant copolymer – no I use a fluorocarbon leader with a very buoyant fly on the point holding things up and the Bob’s Bits sitting down in the film. Each fly is 6ft apart on a 12ft leader. Even if I do use a copolymer I use a fluorocarbon coated leader designed for sea fishing – this I find sits well in the surface and is less prone to damage and tangles.
Dry Fly Materials
We all love those glorious genetic capes – but they are a big investment – as I am sure that I will never use all the hackles one gives you. So Whiting 100’s offer a useful way to get a selection of the best hackles from a cape.
I have a limited number available from £12.50
These Indian cock capes provide a wealth of hackles in a range of sizes. I have a selection of these in natural colours.
If you are looking for some top quality hackles for very small dries you might be interested in these packs of cape tops in an assortment of colours.
Suitable for tying #14 – #20 flies