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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:01 am    Post subject: favorite fly for reservoirs Reply with quote

I recently bought a job lot of flies off Ebay and to be honest the quality is not what it should be.
I suppose its my own fault for trying to get something on the cheap, so lesson learnt, time to start stocking up on quality.
I am fairly new to fishing ( less than a year) so am still learning the basics so its just reservoir fishing for me at the moment.
At the moment I mainly try to use dry flies with say a buzzer on the drop but Im also starting to use flies just under the surface with a slow retrieve.
Now I appreciate that you need different flies for different times of year, reservoirs, conditions etc and I know this is a very open ended question but here goes.
What type of fly is your must have for each season and what size do you tend to use.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me it boils down to which reservoir I'm fishing. For example, when I fish Toft Newton I often use buzzers and Apps bloodworms quite successfully whereas on Ladybower, I find that a size 8 red arsed black Snatcher (originally donated to me by BlankDay) and something we call an ILB (Iain's Ladybower Buzzer, which is actually a heavy gold headed orange and green lure originated by MontanaJoe) is more to my liking. On Thornton reservoir I use blobs and damsels of varying descriptions. I occasionally get the dries out if I think they stand a chance but for me, that's not often. Just a confidence thing at the end of the day, but no hard and fast rules. I strongly suspect depth and retrieve have a lot more to do with it than what type of fly it is but that doesn't stop me from becoming fixated on one or two types (as above) for periods of time.

Of course these preferences have changed over the years and who's to say next time out I may stumble across my future "go to" fly, one which I normally wouldn't give a second glance to. Wink


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whistlekiller wrote:
For me it boils down to which reservoir I'm fishing.


I agree. On the Bristol reservoirs the Diawl Bach in its various guises would be on everyone's favourites list but I found it much less effective when I fished with it at Ladybower last year. Likewise while flies like the Sweet Susan does well up there, apart from a jack pikelet I've not caught anything on it down here on my local reservoirs. Confused

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was fishing at Thornton earlier this year and enjoyed success with a white booby. They couldn't get enough of it.

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