Big Boy Nymph Selection
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who completed our short survey
earlier this week - your responses have been noted and will heavily
influence our product range for this coming year.
It was also brought to my attention that in offering a discount to
clubs/syndicates we (unintentionally) managed to ignore our regular customers
who are not in any club and predominantly fish using day tickets - to all of you,
please accept my apologies. To remedy this oversight, if you fit the above
criteria and would like to take advantage of the offer, please reply to this email
and I will sort you a personal discount code to use for all your future purchases.
So, on to the main feature of this weeks email - Fishing for Grayling in
fast water ...
At this time of year, grayling fishing can be very challenging, mostly due to
the amount of water in the rivers. Assuming it is safe to actually fish - as floods
can considerably weaken the riverbanks, then the grayling will be nailed to the
bottom of the river and you will need nymphs with a little more weight to reach
them. This is where fly choice and technique come into play:
looking. With a little colour if the water is coloured, or drab if the water is
2. Technique - This is where a little knowledge of Fluid Dynamics comes
into play (don't bother reaching for your copy of the 'Dummies Guide to
Fluid Dynamics', I'll explain here) - When a river is flowing, the water on
the surface moves faster than the water below it - the faster the flow the
more difference in speed between the surface water and riverbed water.
When you cast a nymph upstream you need to give it chance to sink to
where the fish are holding. Generally, in fast water, the nymph doesn't
sink fast enough to get there - so the fish will never actually see the
nymph at all! To fix this, once you have cast your nymph and it hits the
water, quickly perform an upstream mend, this will allow the nymph more
time to sink and get to the target zone.
over the next few weeks, especially if the rivers are 'up and coloured'. These
(along with our Unbreakable Heavy Ceramics - see below) should be all you
need for a fantastic 'stress-relieving' day on the river. The patterns included in
this selection are:
Duracell Jig - Size 12
Purple Red-Neck - Size 12
Mr. Green - Size 12
Czech Weapon - Size 12
Tri-Bead Bomber - Size 12
so if our previous offerings are anything to go by, you will need to be quick off
These nymphs are available as a selection (5 patterns, 2 of each in a size 12 =
10 flies in the selection) for only £16, click any button or image to view the
selection in more detail.
need to be quick ***
setup. We have had real success with these teamed up with our Polish Quills
Micro Jigs. On my local North Yorkshire becks, I fish these with our Hends 9m
French Leaders, for super sensitivity and stealth!
We have two separate Unbreakable Heavy Ceramic Selections available for
Orange Unbreakable Heavy Ceramic Nymph Selection
Copper Unbreakable Heavy Ceramic Nymph Selection
Click on any image or button below to view these Unbreakable Heavy Ceramic
these nymphs in three sizes (12's, 14's & 16's), their tungsten equivalents are:
- Size 12 Heavy Ceramic = 1.2mm Lead Wire = 0.91g = 5.0mm Tungsten Bead
- Size 14 Heavy Ceramic = 1.0mm Lead Wire = 0.61g = 4.6mm Tungsten Bead
- Size 16 Heavy Ceramic = 0.8mm Lead Wire = 0.31g = 3.5mm Tungsten Bead
Each selection includes:
Caddis yellow segmented ceramic body.
Tungsten bead & Spectra dubbing in sizes 12, 14 & 16.
Each of the Orange and Copper selections contains 3 of each size
nymphs (9 heavy ceramic nymphs in total).
our previous offerings are anything to go by, you will need to be quick off the
These ceramic nymphs are only available as a selection (9 flies in each
selection) for £22.50 (or £37.50 which includes a Tacky Daypack Silicone Fly
Box), click any button or image to view each of the selections in more detail.
just asking for trouble, if you cast in your normal style. Heavy flies and tight
loops are a recipe for disaster - here are a few tips which you can deploy to
make life a little easier when casting heavy rigs:
1. Widen Your Casting Arc - This opens up your loops and by default
keeps the heavy rig away from the rest of your leader (and your fly rod -
the last thing you want is a heavy bead hitting your pride and joy).
2. Slow Down - By slowing your casting stroke you are immediately slowing
down your line speed, this, in-turn reduces the kick (and associated slack
line) which happens when a heavy nymph changes direction as a result of
3. Increase The Fly Line Size by 1 - Overlining the rod by one size can
improve your presentation when casting heavy rigs.
4. Lift & Cast - Lift your rig to the surface of the river first, before starting the
cast. By beginning your cast with your rod tip low, and taking up any slack
in the system your cast will be more efficient.
5. Use The Lob Cast - Simply, this is a low backcast to get the whole rig
downstream of you. Wait for the river flow to take up the tension in the
entire system, then push your rod tip forwards as you would for a normal
cast, this will see your rig cast in an arc (or a 'lob') and enter the water,
already under tension and ready to fish. The benefit of this cast is it keeps
the entire rig away from your rod and is much easier to control, with the
added advantage that the point fly enters the water first and is fishing
effectively straight away.
The above techniques are best practised on a quiet stretch of water where
there is no overhanging vegetation, get used to handling heavier rigs (you will
need to for this month and February!)