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The Evening Rise with David Garfoot

19 August 2015 16:31:38 BST

The evening rise is regarded as the crème de la crème of trout fishing in this country. As daylight hours have now peaked, warmer weather has gradually moved in from the continent boosting the fly life present on the river bank. Insects can hatch in great numbers during these periods and thus create feeding frenzies among the trout of the Eden valley. This increase in the insects available can prompt even the most reluctant and wily of trout to move out of their day time lies to feed. Amongst these fish, now gorging on an array of fly life can often be specimens of three pounds and well above! Evening Rise The evening rises begin as the summer’s day starts to come to an end, the temperature cools and swarms of insects begin to lay their eggs on the surrounding rivers and lakes. The most frequent insects that occur within Cumbria at this time of year are; Sedges, Dun’s, and a variety of Midge’s.   The time of which an evening rise occurs varies from day to day. To make the most of this dry fly sport I avoid the more productive looking pools till later in the evening, when the fish are rising more freely. By doing this it prevents the better quality fish from becoming spooked and leaves things more in your favour when fishing for them.   Greys XF2 Streamflex Fly RodTo effectively target these brown trout a variety of tackle set ups and techniques are required. My tackle of choice when targeting fish on an evening rise, is a Greys XF2 Streamflex 9ft 4wt and a Rio Perception 4wt fly line. This setup is by far one of the most effective on the market to date. It allows for the most careful and delicate presentation, yet also offers great versatility in a variety of fishing situations. The Perception is built upon a low stretch core (around 6 percent stretch) which allows for quicker hook sets and easier mending (see footnote 1) of the fly line.     From my fly line I will always attach a tapered leader to aid the turnover of my fly. My personal favourite being the Rio Powerflex 9ft model which is both supple and low in diameter. As well as this, I always carry a range of tippet strengths in Riverage Grand Max Fluorocarbon and Frog Hair Copolymer which come in useful in many different situations. These can include either tying a dropper or extending the tapered leader if it has become too short. In my opinion these tippet materials are tried and tested and have always offered great reliability on my fishing outings.   Griffiths GnatOn my arrival at the river I will attempt to identify what the fish are feeding on and consider how I might try to catch them. There are a few main approaches which should be considered when fishing an evening rise. These include:     -       Up-wing fly’s such as the Medium Olive and Small Dark Olive hatch throughout June and July. Once they have mated and deposited their eggs within river system (known as Spinners at this stage of their life cycle) they can often become trapped in the surface film. When trapped they are an easy meal for trout and often get eaten before they can escape. To represent Spinners I use a fly known as a Sherry Spinner. I will attempt to match the size of real insect as closely as possible and then target certain fish once I have seen them rise confidently.   Whiting Farm Medium Olive -       As dusk arrives sedge and caddis flies can often be seen skating across the water’s surface. The wake that’s caused seems to attract the attention of most fish in the surrounding water. Trout will readily chase these fleeing insects and aggressively attack them in hope of a large easy meal. In hope of attracting these aggressive brownies I use a select few buoyant sedge patterns such as a Deer Hair Sedge and an Elk Hair Caddis. I cast upstream and directly across, and then retrieve my fly in a variety of different movements. I aim to match the movement of the natural flies as best as possible and find this produces the best results.   -       When fish appear to be feeding on midge species my go to pattern is a Griffiths Gnat. The bushy design of this fly seems to be often irresistible to these wild river trout. I match the size of the fly as closely as possible to the insect. When using small dry fly’s like this it is as important as ever to ensure you get a drag free drift. Flies that are affected by drag usually result in fish ignoring your fly or even becoming spooked.   Sherry Spinner The evening rise can regularly continue well into darkness. During this time I rely on hearing the rise in order to set the hook rather than seeing it. Difficult as this may be the darkness often brings with it the peak of trout’s feeding activity. Great sport can be had on an evening rise and in my opinion is something well worth having a late night for.     David Garfoot   Foot note: 1 – Mending – the process by which you counteract the effects of current on the fly line, thus enabling a longer dead drift.

Eden River Fishing Report

26 June 2015 16:29:34 BST

There are still fresh salmon running the river Eden despite the low water levels. On the Yorkshire Fly Fishers water near Wetheral, Robert Jollie tempted an 8 pounder on a small riffle hitched fly and the Yorkshire Fly Fishers Club Fishery Manager Mike Grimes, landed a surface caught brace at 8 and 9lb respectively - all three salmon were fresh run.   River Eden Fishing ReportStan Lane was in action again this morning with an eleven pound fish at Salkeld. Sea trout up to 5lb in weight have been caught although the general stamp of Eden sea trout has been in the 1½ to 3lb range. The majority have been caught by anglers targeting them at night between 10pm and 2am, but fish of up to 2lb plus have been landed by anglers fishing for brown trout with dry fly and nymphs during daylight hours.   Water temperature is 14⁰C, and water level is at minus six inches.       River Eden Fishing ReportThe trout and grayling fishing has been at its best the last couple of hours before dark using very small micro dries like Griffiths Gnats, Midge Klinkhammers and micro caddis. When darkness falls, try moving onto Sedge patterns either on the top twitched across the surface or fished wet down and across.  There have been reports of Brown Trout up to 3lb and Grayling of 2lb taken this week. John Norris Range of Trout and Grayling Flies       

Prospects for the Coming Week

With no rain forecast for this coming week, salmon fishers should concentrate on early mornings or late evenings using either Switch or single handed rods with floating lines and very small doubles, Sunrays or Hitch flies.   River Eden Fishing ReportJohn Norris Range of Switch Rods  John Norris Range of Single Handed Rods    For the sea trout angler this low water should not be a problem but leave the fishing until it is totally dark. Start with smaller wee doubles in a size 10 or 8 and as the night progresses, increase the size of your flies or even try a surface lure. John Norris Range of sea Trout Flies      To the brown trout and grayling fishers, if you’re fishing through the day look for shaded areas and target the fish with nymphs or by moving into the streamier runs and fish spiders.  For the best action on dry fly, this will be the last ½ hour before dark with micro dries and sedges. www.cumbriaflyfishing.co.uk
The river levels have remained at around summer height this first two weeks of June; this has encouraged some good numbers of sea trout averaging two to three pounds to enter the Eden with some larger fish amongst them. They are populating the lower sections. If the evening remains overcast and the wind eases a little holding the air temperatures up, sport can be very good. This week the wind has been coming from the north-west and the fishing conditions in the dark have not been ideal although there have been sea trout caught. Fishing a floating line with a slow sink poly leader, a dropper with a size eight and point fly size six single with a black hair wing on ten pound B.S with slow retrieve is proving to be quite effective.   Warwick Hall EstateThe brown trout fishing during the day is coming in fits and starts, good activity on the surface for a short while then the fish go down for a period, be there at the right moment and the fishing are frantic. Size fourteen Adams, Klinkhamer and Greenwells all working nicely on the top and north country spiders are proving effective sub-surface, all on long leaders of at least twelve to fourteen feet during the daytime. Those who are willing to fish into the dusk are having tremendous action with some of the bigger trout, good hatches of sedge in the late evening, elk hair caddis works fine.       Now the water levels are lower compared to the levels the Eden had in May, the salmon are reluctant to run far upstream during the daytime especially when the day is bright. There are fish still coming in with the big tides this week and they have been seen just before the tide hits the river. Nonetheless there have been a few fish reported this week and a few fish lost, fishing the deeper and the faster runs proving to be the way forward.   Ian Pincombe Lands a 9 PounderAt Warwick Hall during the last week Ian Shaw landed a fly caught 10 pounder from the Otter Stone. Last Friday Simon Artley caught a 7 pounder on a spinner in Howards Hole. Also at Warwick Hall on Wednesday, Ian Pincombe caught a 9 pounder on the fly and David Bamford landed a 7 pounder. Further up river Stan Lane landed a 15 pounder at Salkeld and Anne Woodcock at Eden Lacy landed a 10 pound fish on the fly using a size 14 Francis.

Tackle Up for Trout - Expert Advice

28 May 2015 10:00:31 BST

Tackle Up For Trout Fishing

Greys XF2 Streamflex Single Handed Fly Rod (catalogue page 31)

Greys XF2 Streamflex Single Handed Fly Rod

9’ – Line size 4 - weight 3.20 - 4 piece Code: 1326574 £219.99

A word from our expert: “This is an excellent river rod. It’s perfect for the gentle presentation of both drys and nymphs on small to medium sized rivers.”

Guideline Fario CRS Single Handed Fly Rod (catalogue page 34) Sizes available: 8’ 9” or 9’ 0”, line rating 3, 4, 5 or 6 Codes: 18860 to 18867 4 Piece: £499.00 6 Piece: £519.00

A word from our expert:  “The Fario CRS is one of the best river rods on the market. It’s extremely high quality, developed with the most recent technology and is beautiful to cast.”

Lamson Guru Fly Reel (catalogue page 41)

Lamson Guru Fly Reel

Model 1.5 - Line size 3/4/5 - weight 4.70 - diameter 3.15” - Capacity WF4 + 100m Code: GURU1.5 £179.00

A word from our expert:  “With a legendary conical drag system, this is a reel that won’t let you down”

Rio InTouch Perception Trout Floating Fly Line (catalogue page 45) Sizes available: WF3-WF8

Comment: “best river lines going” Codes Camo/Tan/Grey: PEC3 to PEC8 Green/Camo/Tan: PEG3 to PEG8 £69.99

A word from our expert:  “This is currently the best river fly line for all round performance.”

Rio InTouch Trout LT Floating Line (catalogue page 45)

Rio InTouch Trout LT Floating Line

Sizes available: WF3-WF6, DT3-DT6 Codes WF: ILWF3 – ILWF6 DT: DT3 to DT6 £69.99

A word from our expert:  “The InTouch LT is the best line for delicate presentation and small flies.”

Roman Moser Minicon Braided Loops – Trout (catalogue page 64) Code: RMM1 £7.99

A word from our expert:  “These loops are the neatest and smallest on the market. They are the closest you will get to a welded loop.”

GINK Fly Float (catalogue page 65) Code: J1450 £5.99

A word from our expert:  “Gink is a premium fly floatant. You only need to apply it once and allow it to dry and your fly will float all day long.”

Orvis Original Mud (catalogue page 65) Code: 6947 £3.95

A word from our expert:  “Orvis river mud will help remove the shine of leaders as well as sink those high floating tippet materials.”

Frog Hair Co-Polymer Tippet (catalogue page 66) Weights available: 2.8lb, 3.7lb, 4.9lb, 6.2lb, 8.5lb Codes: G0010 to G0018 £4.99

A word from our expert:  “Frog Hair is a subtle, ultra-thin co-polymer tippet material which is perfect when using dry flies.”

Riverge Grand Max Tippet (catalogue page 66)

Riverge Grand Max Tippet

Weights available: 2.4lb, 3.5lb, 4.75,lb, 6lb, 7.5lb, 9.5lb, 12.5lb, 14.5lb, 16.5lb Code: TIPWAKFLUGRA £8.99 for 30yds £22.99 for 100yds

A word from our expert: “This is by far the highest quality fluorocarbon on the market. It’s extremely thin, virtually invisible in water and good for use with nymphs. Grand Max offers excellent knot strength and is my ‘go to’ sub-surface tippet.”

Rio Powerflex Trout Tapered Leaders (catalogue page 67) 9’ Long Weights available: 2.4lb, 3.4lb, 5lb, 6.4lb, 8.2lb, 10lb, 13lb, 15lb Code: TL7 £3.99

A word from our expert: “Presentation is key in all types of fishing. Whenever I fish small flies I use Rio Powerflex leaders to improve the turnover of my fly. They are vital.”

Shakespeare Sigma Tippet Spool Holder (catalogue page 68) Code: 1308984 £2.99

A word from our expert: “Spool holders are very handy to organise the multiple tippets we carry as fishermen.”

Simms Nippers (catalogue page 68)

Simms Nippers

Code: SN1 £32.99

A word from our expert: “These nippers are one of the sharpest available. They are very easy to use, even with cold hands, due to their broader frame design.”

C&F Design Medium 12-Row Fly Box with Two-Sided Sling Leaf (catalogue page 73) Code: CF-25676 £39.99

A word from our expert: “The sling leaf in this box allows you to carry all the flies you could ever need in your jacket or vest.”

C&F Design Medium 9-Row Fly Box with Sling Leaf and Dropper Spool (catalogue page 73)

C&F Design Medium 9 Row Fly Box With Sling Leaf and Dropper Spool

Code: CF-2556N £44.99

A word from our expert:  “This box can contain everything you need to change your flies and leaders easily and quickly while in the river.”

Guideline Reel Bag (catalogue page 74) Code: 70474 £54.99 A word from our expert:

“This bag is a brilliant solution for having all your reels available to you on the riverbank or the boat – you can be prepared for all conditions!”

McLean Short Handle Weigh Net (catalogue page 78)

McLean Short Handle Weigh Net

Comments: “weigh those specimen trout” Code: MLSW £69.99

A word from our expert:  “This extremely well designed net allows you to land you fish safely and also weigh it accurately.”

Costa Del Mar Fantail Sunglasses (catalogue page 81)

Costa Del Mar Fantail Sunglasses

Code: GLACOS580FAN £169.00

A word from our expert:  “The best sunglasses on the market. For fish spotting, use the sunrise lens.”

To request our latest catalogue completely free of charge, visit our Request a Catalogue page now.

Fishing on a Tributary of the Eden

26 May 2015 15:06:01 BST

Our Assistant Store Manager, Mark Bendle, was out trout stalking last Thursday on one of the Eden's many tributaries and we thought we would share a few images from the day along with details of what tackle Mark was using. Mark Trout The average size of the brown trout were 3/4lb, taking the Gold Bead Hairs Ear and Micro Caddis, whilst using the New Zealand Duo Style Dry Fly as the indicator on the water surface. The tippet can be tied either over the hook or through the eye of your Dry with a dropper of various lengths with your nymph on the end. Mark Trouting Mark was using a Greys Streamflex 7ft 6 fly rod and all the fish he caught were at rod length out whilst using homemade neoprene knee pads so he could get right down and not spook the fish. Mark Trout1

Quick Q & A with Our Fly Fishing Experts

17 March 2015 15:22:51 GMT

Now that fly fishing season is here and with the weather slowly starting to warm up a bit, some of our fly fishing experts have got together a few of the most common fly fishing questions that we have seen being asked lately. If any of you have any other questions or areas of fly fishing you would like help with, please don’t hesitate to follow us on Facebook and send us a quick message detailing what it is you would like us to try and help you with.  

What is the basic difference between salt water and fresh water fly fishing? 

Salt water and fresh water contain a variety of different species which can be targeted in multiple ways. For example salt water fly fishing often requires fairly short heavier weighted rods. These rods allow you to cast big flies a long distance whilst coping with the harsh conditions that you can be faced with when fishing in the ocean. Species often targeted are bonefish, mullet, bass and tarpon. Fly fishing in freshwater usually involves the use of lighter weighted rods and generally smaller flies than salt water types. Freshwater species that are often fished for include a variety of trout, grayling, salmon and pike.  

What are some key tips when fly fishing?

- When fishing in stillwater always fish the margins before casting further out into open water. This prevents spooking what are potentially catchable fish. - Presentation is everything, look to present your fly within your own casting capabilities. Distance is not everything and certainly does not always mean more landed fish. A better presented fly on the other hand often does. - When salmon fishing, it is always worth changing your leader after catching a fish. This will get rid of any weaknesses that have been created in your tippet material and ensure a strong, secure connection with the next fish you hook. - Always evenly re-wind your fly line onto your fly reel before every salmon fishing outing. This will prevent your fly line snagging when playing a fish and give you the best chance of landing it. - Choose an appropriate tippet size for the type and size for fish you are targeting. A tippet material that is too thick can discourage fish from taking your fly. Whereas a tippet material too thin or too light in terms of strength can result fish being lost once hooked.  

What are you tying this month?

 Trout: Large Dark Olive, Elk Hair Emerger, Epoxy Buzzer Black and Olive, Black Traffic Light Buzzer and a Pheasant Tail Nymph. Salmon: Spring Boyo, Green Highlander, Ice Madden and a Super Snelda. A full list of all our flies can be found here.  

What are the best fishing channels on Sky?

Sky Discovery has a good number of different fishing programs listed; however, YouTube is by far the best place to find and watch fishing videos.  

What are good gifts for fly fisherman?

Fly boxes, pro selector fly selections (multiple choices), nets and wading staffs, sunglasses, fly fishing accessories - e.g. forceps, scissors, disgorgers, priests and scales.

Win a Simms G4 Pro Jacket Worth £499!

10 February 2015 17:26:37 GMT

Our latest competition is now up and running and this month we are giving you the chance to win a Simms G4 Pro Jacket worth £499!

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Simms Fly Fishing JacketsSimms was founded in 1980 by keen angler John Simms who thought there was a real need for better fishing waders and accessories than what was currently available on the market. Soon after, Simms Fishing Products became one of the first companies in the world to start using neoprene in their production of waders providing added durability and warmth.   In 1993 current owner, K.C. Walsh acquired the company and under his leadership a fantastic partnership with W.L Gore & Associates, producers of GORE-TEX® fabric, was formed which opened up a whole new spectrum to Simms Fishing Waders and clothing line.   Simms G4 Pro JacketToday, the Simms G4 Pro Jacket is the ultimate in angling protection when it comes to enduring the weather. The Storm proof G4 Pro Jacket features an updated GORE-TEX® PRO shell fabric which is 15% lighter in weight than the previous G4 jacket and also has an improved abrasion resistance and tear strength.   There are 9 storage pockets overall to provide ample storage of all you’ll need without having to return to the tackle box too often. The Dry Cuff™ design is highly water resistant and keeps water out of the sleeve when tailing fish or casting in the rain.   To be in with a chance of netting yourself one of these fantastic fishing jackets, be sure to enter our competition now which can be found here.

Salmon & Trout Fishing Seasons in Scotland

13 January 2015 15:33:21 GMT

Christmas is over and 2015 has arrived and from everyone here at John Norris, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! January brings the start of salmon and trout fishing seasons for many of the UK’s rivers and fisheries and this year we thought it would be a good idea to post a list of the season dates for as many popular rivers as we can. As there are so many rivers across the UK, particular in Scotland we thought it best to split the rivers up into two or three articles starting with Scotland as they have the earliest season start date of the 11th January. The dates listed are as accurate as I can find following my research but if anyone can see any that need amending, I will gladly update.  

Aberdeenshire Dee

1st February - 30th September

Ailort

11th February - 31st October

Aline

11th February - 31st October

Almond

15th January - 15th October

Alness

11th February - 31st October

Amhuinnsuidhe (Harris)

3rd June - 15th October

Annan

25th February - 15th November

Arnisdale

11th February - 31st October

Aros (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Awe

11th February - 31st October

Ba (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Beauly

11th February - 15th October

Berriedale

11th February - 31st October

Blackadder

1st February - 30th November

Bladnoch

11th February - 31st October

Border Esk

1st February - 31st October

Borgie

12th January - 30th September

Broom

11th February - 31st October

Brora

1st February - 15th October

Caron (West Coast)

11th February - 31st October

Carron

11th January - 30th September

Cassley

11th January - 30th September

Clyde

11th February - 31st October

Conon

11th February - 30th September

Cree

1st May - 15th October

Creed (Lewis)

1st June - 15th October

Dee (Kirkcubright)

11th February - 31st October

Deveron

11th February - 31st October

Doinard

11th February - 31st October

 

River Tay

 

Don

11th February - 31st October

Doon

11th February - 31st October

Dunbeath

11th February - 15th October

Dundonnell

11th February - 31st October

Eachaig

1st May - 31st October

Earn

1st February - 31st October

Eden (Fife)

15th February - 31st October

Ericht

15th January - 15th October

Ettive

11th February - 15th October

Ettrick

1st February - 30th November

Evlyx

11th January - 30th September

Fhorsa

1st June - 15th October

Fincastle (Harris)

25th February - 31st October

Findhorn

11th February - 30th September

Fleet (Kirkcubright)

25th February - 31st October

Fleet (Sutherland)

25th February - 31st October

Forss

11th February - 31st October

Forth

1st February - 31st October

Garry

15th January - 15th October

Girvan

25th February - 31st October

Gour

11th February - 31st October

Gress

1st June - 15th October

Gridie

11th February - 31st October

Grimistra

15th June - 15th October

Gruinard

11th February - 31st October

Hamanavay (Lewis)

3rd June - 15th October

Helmsdale

11th January - 30th September

Hope (River & Loch)

12th January - 30th September

Inver

11th February - 31st October

Irvine

25th February - 15th November

 

 River Dee

 

Isla

15th January - 15th October

Kannaird

11th February - 31st October

Kirkaig

11th February - 31st October

Kishorn

11th February - 31st October

Laggan (Islay)

25th February - 31st October

Laxay Fishery (Lewis)

25th February - 31st October

Laxford

11th February - 31st October

Laxford Fishery (Harris)

1st April - 15th October

Leven (Dumbartonshire)

11th February - 31st October

Lochy

11th February - 31st October

Luce

25th February - 31st October

Luss (Mull)

11th February - 31st October

Machrie (Arran)

25th February - 31st October

Moidart

11th February - 31st October

Morar

11th February - 31st October

Nairn

11th February - 7th October

Naver

12th January - 30th September

Ness

15th January - 15th October

Nith

25th February - 31st October

North Esk

16th February - 31st October

Obbe System (Harris)

3rd June - 15th October

Orchy

11th February - 15th October

Orkney

25th February - 31st October

Oykel

11th January - 30th September

Polla

12th January - 30th September

Polly

11th February - 15th October

Rodel Fishery (Harris)

1st May - 31st September

Ruel

16th February - 31st October

Sanda

11th February - 31st October

Scaddie

11th February - 31st October

 

 Salmon

 

Sheil (River & Loch)

11th February - 31st October

Shetland

25th February - 31st October

Shin

11th January - 30th September

Sligican

11th February - 15th October

Snizort

11th February - 15th October

Sorn (Islay)

25th February - 31st October

South Esk

16th February - 31st October

Spey

11th February - 30th September

Stinchar

25th February - 31st October

Strathy

12th January - 30th September

Tay

15th January - 15th October

Teith

1st February - 31st October

Teviot

1st February - 30th November

Thurso

11th January - 5th October

Till

1st February - 30th November

Torridon

11th February - 31st October

Tummel

15th January - 15th October

Tweed

1st February - 30th November

Ugie

10th February - 31st October

Ullapool

11th February - 31st October

Urr

25th February - 31st October

Whiteadder

1st February - 30th November

Yarrow

1st February - 30th November

Ythan

11th February - 31st October

 
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