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Flies used by our anglers during April

Effective flies during April:-

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April’s Proposed Flies to use are:-

A Fluorescent Green Buzzer Fly - an excellent fly for April

Flourescent Green Buzzer.

Now is the time to begin to use buzzers of all sorts, colours and combinations. From now on and throughout the summer they can be deadly, an example of one is shown left.

April weather can be so changeable, showers, and sometimes sleet or snow are not uncommon with northerly winds. The fishing can be more difficult when high winds are blowing providing bleak prospects for any angler. On days with warm westerly rains and intermittent sunshine or southerly winds bringing a hint that summer’s coming things seem to improve. During early April, when it’s cold, lure fishing would be best, with sinking lines in deeper water. Smaller waters like ours are less affected by the weather as we are more sheltered.

April is the season of "new beginnings" as creatures re-awaken and become more active. Generally, on or around the lake bed is where you’re likely to find the early season trout - where their food is! Alder larvae will be particularly active as they leave their burrows and migrate towards the bank where they pupate. Like wise Caddis larvae and Corixa (lesser water boatman) will also be found in the margins. All other water life will also becoming active too, such as the fresh water shrimp (gammarus), Chironomids (buzzers or midges) all good signs of what the trout will be looking for.

An example of a CDC emerger buzzer

CDC emerger.

The CDC (Cul De Canard) feather has wonderful floating capabilities, one of it’s best uses is in the CDC buzzer. A deadly pattern wherever buzzers are hatching. Used on a floating line, the fly is cast out and then either wait for the trout to take the fly, cover a rise with the fly or pull the CDC under the surface of the water and allow it to resurface with the buoyancy of the CDC feathers, the latter method can have dramatic catching effects.

A 'Shipman's Buzzer

Shipman’s Buzzer.

Try it at about 4ft deep

A simple, scruffy looking, and scruffier the better Fly. Just perfect for tricky surface feeders locked onto hatching buzzers.

A good winter fly - the Haemoglobin Buzzer

The Haemoglobin Buzzer

Generally fished deep and close to the bottom always useful to have a few in your box.
There are many variants of the so called “Buzzer”, fishing with one on a bright sunny day can be effective. The fly can be fished like many buzzers on either an intermediate or floating line using a very slow figure of eight retrieve. Takes can be about 2-4ft deep fished close to weed beds in shallow water. In winter this type of fly can be excellent when trout are still taking buzzers as part of their diet.

A good winter fly - the Ice Buzzer

Matchstick Buzzer

The Matchstick Buzzer is a simple, awesome fly for stillwaters. A very basic buzzer pattern that gets it’s name from looking like a match with a slim body and rounded head. There are many colour variations for this fly, but the most common are black or red body and heads in Fluorescent green, Fluorescent orange, red, pink or yellow.

Wide gape hooks patterns in larger sizes are usually favoured and believed to aid hookups. The rib can be wound in tight or wide turns and it is worthwhile to keep a few different rib variations in your box.

Practising Fly Tying

Fly Tying

I’ve been practising inside for ages, finally got the hang of this fly tying malarkey

An Olive Klinkhammer nymph

Olive Klink Hammer

Traditionally the Large Dark Olive is very much the fly for early April, until the Grannom appear, the first hatch of the year to send trout into a frenzy. However, if you like to kill two birds with one stone and cover every base give the Olive Klinkhammer a good try?

A quiz that is just for fun, with answers below at the bottow of the page.   14th April. 2022

1) Why is Easter called Easter?

2) Why are eggs associated with Easter?

3) In what year was the first ever UK horse race meeting staged on a Good Friday?

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Quiz Answers see above

1) Derived (probably) from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility.

2) Take you pick from a pagan symbol of new life, a Christian symbol of Jesus’ emergence from the tomb or the end of Lent fasting during which period eggs were a forbidden food.

3) 2014