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Czech Nymphing

I learnt Czech Nymphing while fishing the 1996 World Fly Fishing Championships in the Czech Republic. Does it work as well in the UK and the USA as it did in the rivers of the Czech Republic? Yes of course it does! It is devastatingly effective - what is more, I hook good fish in places I hadn't previously considered worth fishing.

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Upstream Nymphing and North Country Spiders

Upstream Nymphing can be hard work in fast riffles but more often than not, it is a very rewarding method. Fishing the famous old North Country Spiders square across and drifted is a very deadly technique and a first choice for many fly fishers on Northern Freestone rivers.

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Search and Sight Fishing

In this video we start by search fishing for trout and grayling on a stretch of the Upper Avon which Frank Sawyer keepered. We then go to the crystal clear waters of the Lambourn sight fishing for trout and grayling using his famous Pheasant Tail Nymph.

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The Deep Diving Shrimp and Chalk Stream Entomology

To be consistently successful in fly fishing, some understanding of entomology is an Essential Skill. When kick sampling on chalk streams (spring creeks) you always find huge numbers of freshwater shrimps, which is why Oliver's shrimp pattern is a first class fish deceiver. However, for getting down into those deep swirling hatch pools, something a good bit heavier is required - The Oliver Edwards Deep Diving Shrimp

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Fishing Dry Fly on a Chalk Stream

My mainstay dun imitating dry flies are the Paradun and his Footprint Dun. They are both prototypical patterns, readily matching any of the Olives or Spurwings, right down to size 22. The Paradun is very easy to tie and floats like a cork, furthermore it lands correctly on every cast. The Footprint Dun is for those occasions when you encounter really picky, difficult fish. It takes a little more tying skill, but this is a pattern that can often save the day.

Mayfly Time on a Chalk Stream

Ephemera danica, the Greendrake, is famed for hatching in vast numbers - 'The Duffers Fortnight'. However, on rivers where the hatch just trickles off, the trout can be almost as cautious as when taking small Olives. This is when Essential Skills come into play. Your artificial will have to be a good imitative copy and it will have to be presented accurately and delicately if you wish to score.

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Wet Fly Fishing on Rivers

The key to successful wet fly fishing is letting the flies 'dead drift'. In this DVD I show you the three key techniques.

The 'across' method - I find this technique particularly effective on crinkly, near flat glides, when fish are looking up, eagerly knocking off duns and emergers.

'The Escalator' A technique that I have developed over the years but is an easy style to master, increases your search area and imparts a lift to the flies as the drift fishes out.

And the 'upstream' style of wet fly fishing. I love this short line upstream style, it has a high work rate and requires complete focus. However, the flies fish naturally, in a dead drift. So if you want to up your catch rate, stop facing downstream!

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Big Dry Flies for Fast Water

In my opinion, the Klinkhåmer has made the biggest impact on river fly fishing in my lifetime. It is a universal fly, it copies everything, and nothing in particular! This pattern has an unbelievable ability is to bring fish up out of the blue, a fish fooling fly with few equals.

It is a low maintenance fly, floats superbly, even after been taken by a trout or grayling. It's also a straightforward tying exercise, even for beginners.

There are two more fast water dry fly patterns that I would not be without. Roman Moser's Balloon Caddis and my own Tape Wing Caddis, both can bring fish up in riffles, but really come into their own when fish are keyed on to caddis flies.

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Streamer Fishing on Rivers

Streamer fishing on rivers in the UK has never had a following. There is little written material, no books or patterns. Totally different to the UK reservoir fishing scene!

Contrary to what many people think, streamer fishing is not a chuck and chance it technique, it has its own particular skills, equal to any other fly fishing discipline. Importantly, it attracts big, predatory fish and is an Essential Skill for every river fisher's armoury.

Streamer fishing on the Wharfe gave me my best two fish on any Dales river. One, a wild fish of 20 inches! I didn't weigh it, but I'd guess it was around 2 ¾ pounds. It took a 2 ½ inch Snappy Poodle. I doubt that you'd have interested this fish with a size 16 Partridge and Orange!

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Essential Patterns Volume 1 - Quick Ties and Favourite Flies

There's nothing quite like catching a fish on a fly that you have tied yourself. If you have not done this, you are missing one of the greatest thrills of fly fishing. These programmes are all about fly tying. Like the Essential Skills programmes, the techniques are shown simply, clearly and in great detail. Even a relative newcomer to fly tying, with a little patience and perseverance can master the advanced techniques. Just follow what I do step by step and it is easy. Even for the more accomplished fly tyer, there are some tricks of the trade that I am sure you will not have tried before. Have great fun tying these and even more fun fishing them!

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Essential Patterns Volume 2 - Woven Flies

Constructing the bodies of artificial fishing flies has historically always been a question of wrapping various materials around the hook shank. However, there is much more a fly tyer can do with body materials than merely wrapping them around the hook shank. Probably the most dramatic alternative to the traditional method is 'Weaving'. I don't understand why it's not more common, it's often a deceptively simple tying method.

This programme is all about woven fly bodies. They look fantastic, and they are great fish catchers. If you don't believe me, take a look at the images of the patterns I tie in this DVD.

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