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The following flies are often used during January

Recommended flies during January

Updated: 24th, November 2014
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Flies to use in January are:-

In January & February you may not see many fish rising but they are still there!

A Blakestone Buzzer Black Fly
Blakestone Buzzer Black.

One of many buzzer patterns that will catch fish. The other most popular colour is olive but red, orange and even white are worth having in your box.

A typical Montana Nymph Fly - an excellent all-rounder
Montana Nymph.

A good all-round nymph/lure in the popular green & black colour combination. Worth trying in both weighted (gold head) and non-weighted varieties.

The Montana works well in many different conditions. Best fished on a floating line, long leader and retrieved slowly. The chenille thorax can be varied in colour, orange and yellow are other colours that fish well.

A "Hot Head" Diawl Bach - a good Welsh Fly
Hot Head Diawl Bach.

An excellent fly and one of the most successful all-year round nymphs, the Diawl Bach in all its variations is still worth a try during January.

The Diawl Bach (Little Devil) should be used when buzzers are on the water.

It can be fished on any line, from floating to fast sinker and at almost any depth.

The Mini Cats Whisker Fly - an excellent winter fly pattern
Mini Cats Whisker.

One of the few lures that has remained popular over the last twenty years or so. (Whatever happened to the Ace of Spades, Ombudsman & Black Chenille?)

This is one of those all round lures, fish it on a floating, intermediate or sinking line at various rates of retrieve and it will still catch. The cats whisker works superbly even when fished very slowly or even on the drop. You must have one of these in your box, don't let the size deceive you, it's very effective.

An Olive Zonker fly.
Olive Zonker.

In january the trout are often looking for fry and a zonker of some description is one to have in your box.

The Zonker can be used as a general purpose lure but is most effective when tied in grey or white and used in the fry season. The wing is highly mobile which makes this fly so effective when fry are around. It can be fished static on a long leader using a floating line or on an sinking line and retrieved at various rates of retrieve.

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