Well to me it is anyway.

Much as I love my local Brown Trout and Grayling fly fishing here in Yorkshire I do like a change and some variety.  I am very lucky to have caught many species of fish over the years in many parts of the UK and the world.  To many fly fishers only Trout and Salmon are worthy quarry but to me any species of fish caught on a fly, on a fly rod, in interesting circumstances and by fair means has the potential to be a memorable experience.

Alaska Dolly Varden

Alaska Dolly Varden

I‘ve never specifically sought new fly caught species but some of my most memorable fly caught fish are very un-trendy species.  One capture that springs to my mind is a good sized Roach stalked from the tiny River Wey in Farnham town centre and fooled on a size 14 Sawyers Pheasant Tail Nymph.  Another is a beautiful Dolly Varden from a small creek on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska on a Salmon egg imitation fly.

Loch Lomond Pike

Loch Lomond Pike

In recent years I’ve taken to fly fishing for Pike.  I prefer the wild waters of a Scottish loch or a natural river to reservoirs.  In June this year I had an Osprey eying my Pike fly from above and ten Pike in four hour was my most productive Pike session ever on this particular loch.

Some years ago I got to try for Bonefish on Bahamas flats.  Here I particularly liked the visible, stalking, sight casting aspect of the challenge…as well as the awesome power of relatively small fish.

Earlier on this month I found myself Salmon fishing on the River Annan in southern Scotland.  In recent years I’ve done very little Salmon fishing but it was great to be out again with a 15’ Spey rod.  Catching a 6lb Grilse on a Verminator fly was a bonus.

River Annan Grilse

River Annan Grilse

 

I like to be creative with my fly fishing, to try new things…catch new fish… in new places.  Carp, Barbel, Tarpon, King Salmon and Arctic Char are all new possibilities for me in the future.  I don’t know when…but when the right time arrives I’ll enjoy giving it a go.

If you enjoy your Trout and Salmon fly fishing try something new in 2014…or maybe even this next few months.