Czech Nymphing / Upstream Nymphing and North Country Spiders
I learnt Czech Nymphing while fishing the 1996 World Fly Fishing Championships in the Czech Republic. Does it work as well in the UK and the USA as it did in the rivers of the Czech Republic? Yes of course it does! It is devastatingly effective - what is more, I hook good fish in places I hadn’t previously considered worth fishing.
Search And Sight Fishing / The Deep Diving Shrimp and Chalk Stream Entomology
In this video we start by search fishing for trout and grayling on a stretch of the Upper Avon which Frank Sawyer keepered. We then go to the crystal clear waters of the Lambourn sight fishing for trout and grayling using his famous Pheasant Tail Nymph.
Fishing Dry Fly on a Chalk Stream / Mayfly Time on a Chalk Stream
My mainstay dun imitating dry flies are the Paradun and his Footprint Dun. They are both prototypical patterns, readily matching any of the Olives or Spurwings, right down to size 22. The Paradun is very easy to tie and floats like a cork, furthermore it lands correctly on every cast. The Footprint Dun is for those occasions when you encounter really picky, difficult fish. It takes a little more tying skill, but this is a pattern that can often save the day.
These flies are exclusively produced for Essential Skills from master patterns tied by Oliver Edwards.
Close copies of the naturals, incorporating those all important Trigger Features which trout and grayling recognise and key onto. Many are featured in the Essential Skills DVD’s or Oliver’s ground-breaking book Flytyers Masterclass.
These flies are produced on barbed hooks but these can easily be flattened down in the normal way for catch and release.