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April’s Proposed Flies to use are:-
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.
Usually starting to emerge in April the ever popular Alder fly or nymphs. The most popular imitations for Alder nymphs are of flies like those below. It’s not important if you don’t have these exact patterns, as anything which has the same general colour, profile and size will do. Fish these flies as you would any other nymph. Use them as soon as you see the adults in the air; at anytime during daylight hours. When fishing deep use a gold headed variant or nymph pattern
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.
This fly can be deadly through summer and in to the autumn.
An ideal fly to use when the real insects or anything small, and black is on the water. Two versions are available, tied as a wet fly or as shown here tied as a dry fly.
If the fish are refusing the fly, and still showing interest in it, trim the under hackle to enable the fly to sit lower in or on the water.
A simple, scruffy looking, and scruffier the better Fly. Just perfect for tricky surface feeders locked onto hatching buzzers.
A good general fly at any time of the year. Try other colours too. The Orange Fritz works very well when Daphnia are abundant in the summer months.
This fly works superbly when fished using various rates of retrieve. The pattern can also be tied in a variety of colours from dark to very bright. The darker coloured fritz’s are usually fished more slowly than the lighter coloured ones.
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.
The Black Pennell is a great fly for the trout. Fish it on a floating line. By being tied small it represents a small midge. Also, tied with a plain silver body, without the body hackle, and fished about 3ft deep on a slow retrieve can be very deadly.
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.
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.
I’ve been practising inside for ages, finally got the hang of this fly tying malarkey
A very popular stillwater and reservoir lure in the UK. The Dawson’s Olive is best used in warmer months when trout start feeding on Damselfly nymphs. Try close in to the banks where trout are picking up this food.
Use a floating line and long leader with a slow figure of eight retrieve. The rest of the year can produce using an intermediate or sinking line with a varied rate of retrieve.
The Dawson’s Olive can be tied with different coloured marabou for the tail. A slight difference like this in the design of the lure can prove very effective.
The Dawson’s Olive pictured is tied with Straggle Fritz rather than the traditional Chenille Body and a thorax of Olive Ostrich Herl to give a bit more pulsating movement at the head.
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?
The Bibio also known as the Hawthorn or Heather fly. Fished with a twitching action or pulled just under the waters surface to imitate the fly. It’s a good fly to pull through waves on a windy day. Fished on a floating line with a long leader.
Also, consider the Viva, Spectral Bloodworm, Beaded Apps Bloodworm, small lures, and the gold ribbed hare’s ear.