Category Archive: Top Tips

“Blind Induced Take”

Second Day Before the Thunder.

The “induced take” is a classic method employed when “sight fishing” especially on chalk streams or limestone streams, (spring creeks), where you can target individual fish simply because you can see them due to the clarity of the water.  The same technique can be employed on clear still waters where you can often see the fish swimming around.  Great exponents of this method, at least on rivers, were the nymph fishing masters Frank Sawyer and Oliver Kite. Click here to read more

Winter Grayling


This last few weeks have brought some ideal conditions for Grayling fly fishing.  Many days have been mild and even up here in Yorkshire Grayling have been rising to an assortment of insects well into December.  I have long been a fan of the ‘Klink & Dink’ /Duo / New Zealand style of fishing a small lightly weighted nymph under a dry fly.  It is an excellent way of catching Trout and Grayling in many rivers.  Click here to read more

River levels information

We’ve just added many links from our Go Fly Fishing UK website to river level and weather forecasts information websites.  There is nothing more frustrating than travelling out to a river for a day’s fly fishing and finding when you get there that the river is unfishable due to a high or coloured river.  Click here to read more

Tips for Leaders

Two Go Fly Fishing UK guides Colin and Steve

Our excellent chalkstreams guide Colin Alexander has some excellent tips to pass on in this short piece:

We all love to present a fly to a fish with a stylish cast if we can, but if the presentation of the fly and immediate leader /tippet at close quarters is not acceptable to the fish in terms of sight, depth and speed then we may be casting stylishly but fishing less than effectively. Click here to read more

Pink Lady


The grayling know affectionately as the “Lady of the Stream”, not surprisingly loves the colour pink. Click here to read more

Watercraft and Confidence


I always emphasise the absolutely essential skill of watercraft when fishing with clients especially on rivers but a big slice of successful river fishing also comes down to confidence, knowing you are fishing in the right place, with the right method and with the right flies. Click here to read more

The Mayfly are up!

Due to the very cold spring the start of the Mayfly hatch has been delayed a little but it has now started on the lower River Test in the Romsey area.  Our chalkstreams guide Colin Alexander has been out guiding on the River Test and River Itchen in recent days – just as the Mayfly hatch was starting – and here is his report:  Click here to read more

Prospects and tactics for the new Chalkstream Trout season

A big Chalkstream Brown Trout

The Trout season legally opens on the chalkstreams of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire in early-April but some beats choose not to open until mid-April or 1st May.  Fly hatches can be sparse in the early two or three weeks but some surprisingly good hatches take place if you are in the right place at the right time.  In early-April last year there were swarms of Grannom over parts of the lower River Test near to Romsey and some good dry fly sport was had.  Click here to read more

Long Trotting For Grayling in the Yorkshire Dales


Long Trotting for grayling is very much a traditional method of fishing for grayling during the winter months in the Yorkshire Dales, not only is it a skilful and pleasant way of fishing it’s also very effective.  Historically many of the angling clubs in the Yorkshire Dales permit long trotting for grayling, (usually with worm), after the brown trout season has finished and it’s a great way to extend your fishing season. Click here to read more

10% of the Anglers Catch 90% of the Fish


That old adage holds true, 10% of the anglers catch 90% of the fish which has always been one of the favourite sayings of my long time friend and indeed mentor Oliver Edwards and it’s perfectly true. Click here to read more

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