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Successful river fishing is all about observation - carefully watching what is happening all around you, and then translating this information into your choice of fly. As always there is no substitute for experience, but there are a few short-cuts you can use to help you gain that experience quicker. This book helps you with gaining experience (and knowledge) quickly. It identifies, for each month of the year, what you should be looking for and which flies to use to imitate the insects hatching around you.
I'm a firm believer that each river has its own nuances as far as fishing (and the fish contained within it) are concerned, and that the most successful anglers on any given stretch of water are the ones with the most experience of it. Generally in life there are no shortcuts, but there are ways to help your experience along a little quicker.
Inspired By The Classics
There are not many firsts in fly fishing - but this, we believe, is one of them. Essentially it is a journal to accompany you throughout your fly fishing year. Something you can annotate and make notes in, allowing you to refer back to in years to come - helping you ‘crack the code’ on those difficult days.
We’ve called it an Almanac as it takes its inspiration from a few different sources, think of it as a cross over between:
Old Moore’s Almanac - An annual publication which prophecies what will happen throughout the year - only this one is fly fishing related.
The Fly Fishers Entomology - A seminal publication from 1836 by Alfred Ronalds, the first to detail river fly life from the angler's point of view.
A Moleskine Diary - As used by Van Gogh, Picasso & Ernest Hemingway
The 2023 River Fly Anglers Almanac outlines which flies are expected to hatch and which flies to use to best imitate them. It follows the fly fishing year - starting in March 2023 (ending in February 2024) - detailing the hatches and flies to use for each month. Along with all the hatches and fly info, there's a whole host of other information, including specific insect info and even pages to jot down your notes and your catch return for each month.
Let's use April as a quick example:
As you can see from the above image, turning to April you are first presented with a calendar for the month, with a whole host of fishing information below. Each month's 'Fishing Notes' identifies the hatches you can expect to see on your river and gives you tips on how to identify each insect. In this example some of the major hatches for April are the Grannom and the Hawthorn fly (see below):
For each month there are also pages for you to note down your Visits and Catch Returns. We've also included some blank 'Notes' pages which allows you to record which flies you've used, how you fished them and any successful leader configurations etc. This is all invaluable information when it comes to seeing the same conditions in the following year.
Not Convinced Yet?
Here are just a few of the 5 Star reviews we've had on our Almanac from recent customers:
Still Not Convinced?
We know you are going to get lots of pleasure (and information) from our 2023 Almanac so to get you started as quickly as possible we have the following offer for today only:
We are including the digital version of the almanac FREE (normally £9.99), just click any of the buttons on this page and it will automatically be added to your cart with the paperback edition.
Frequently Asked Questions
I thought it would be helpful to answer the most asked questions since we launched the Almanac this year, so here goes:
Thanks for taking the time to look through what our 2023 River Fly Anglers Almanac has to offer.