Tag - Draycote Water

Jim Crawford with a cracking small still water rainbow trout

Jim Crawford Picks His Top Patterns From 2020 Season

One of the huge benefits of being involved with The Fly Shop is not just being able to help give fellow fly fishermen new ammo to target fish, I also get to fish with the patterns of the other guys in the design team. Russ and Gazza, Arden, Alec and Wayne all have contributed some totally awesome flies that are always developing with new materials and ideas. You have the benefit of all these patterns being tried and tested before being...

Top dry flies for llyn brenig and the Loop 7 x fly rod

Dry Fly Fishing Top Tips At Llyn Brenig

Llyn Brenig reservoir is located in Wales, in the heart of the Denbigh Moors, at a height of 1200 feet. Construction began in 1973 and was completed in 1976. It has a capacity of 60 million m³ and was first filled in 1979. With a surface area of around 920 acres, it is the fourth largest lake in Wales and has a perimeter of some 9 miles. Llyn Brenig Lake is now recognised as one of the best fisheries...

Loop 7X fly rod with Loop Opti dry fly reel used to catch wild brown trout with the fly shop flies


NYMPHING FOR DOLLAGHAN After some long awaited rain, the rivers got a much needed freshen up and more importantly a rise to help the migratory fish travel up the system. Near where I live I am fortunate to have both salmon and a unique strain of brown trout called Dollaghan that run up the rivers from Lough Neagh. These large trout spend most of the year feeding in Lough Neagh before returning to their rivers to spawn. These potamodromous fish...

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Russell Owen Enjoys His First Day Out With The Welsh Hawks Team.

Russ had been eagerly waiting for the first day out with the rest of the lads who I fish with in the Welsh Hawks. Although the forecast wasn’t great for our first day out on Clywedog with rain most of the day and a moderate breeze but I wanted to try out some of the new Superflo tip lines from Airflo.

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Jim Crawford Gets Back Out On The Lake Of Menteith

To say the last few months have been tough without fly fishing as you all know would be an understatement so when the opportunity arose for a day out on Lake of Menteith it was a no brainer.

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Sean’s first Day On Rutland After Lockdown

Sean Hanlon takes a boat out for the first time after lock down on Rutland water. A tough start finding the method but once dialed in a great a days fishing using hare's ear nymphs and boobies.

Mike netting a Wal Goch rainbowtrout Trout using a Black skinny jungle cock flash back diawl bach

First Trip after Lockdown to Wal Goch Trout Fishery

After a long lock down, it was great to finally get out fishing again. I received a call from good friend Mike Williams and asked if I fancied a short evening session at Wal Goch Trout Fishery. The fishery is only a short distance from my office so what better than after a long day, a few hours fishing.

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The Importance of the right eye wear

One question I get asked a lot throughout the season when fishing from a drifting boat is how I manage to spot fish rising so well and be able to see my dry flies. There are lots of tips that help, spending time on the water and honing your peripheral vision is a big help. Once you get used to seeing any movement on the water you will be amazed how fast your fish spotting skills improve. When looking...

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Jim Crawford And Wullie Leach Have A Great Opening Day On The Lake Of Menteith

Wullie and I we were fortunate enough to get a boat on what is annually one of the hottest seats in the house for the start of the trout season in Scotland. An opening day boat on The Lake of Menteith. Great catching up with friends and the usual banter of the overwintered waist lines Lol. The Lake of Menteith at the end of each season stocks heavily, usually with large fish in the 3/5lb range and for me that’s the target...

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Gareth Dixon Picks His Top Ten Deadly Stillwater Trout Flies

Gazza Dixon is a former Brown bowl Champion multi caped Welsh international fly fisher and part of the hugely successful Welsh Hawks Fly Fishing team. He is also the head ranger at the Amazing Llyn Clywedog Trout Fishery and lives and breaths fishing. He is not only a very talented fly fisher but a great fly tyer and innovator he is always working on the next top pattern. Black and Gold Humongous If I could only fish one...

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