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Flies used by our anglers during August/h1>

Worthwhile fly suggestions for use during August:-

August’s Proposed Flies to use are :-

Top flies for August when you should see plenty of fish rising early mornings, and late afternoons through the evening!

A fine example of a Black and Peacock Dry Fly

Black and Peacock Dry Fly.

The black and green peacock Dry Fly is an ideal early season dry fly. It has the black and green combination that makes flies like the Viva and Montana so popular.

The hackle is clipped underneath the hook which allows the fly to sit much deeper in the water when compared to a full hackled fly.

A typical Damsel Nymph Fly

Damsel Fly

A most popular lake and reservoir lure in the UK and Europe. The damselfly nymph comes into it’s own in summer months when main feeding occurs. Try the edges of weed beds for trout patrolling close in for this food.

In summer months when the mass migration of Damselfly nymphs occurs, use a floating line and long leader with a slow figure of eight retrieve or a series of short twitches. The rest of the year can produce using an intermediate or sinking line with a varied rate of retrieve.

A Pheasant tailed nymph A Pheasant tailed nymph

Pheasant tail Nymph.

Use this fly when small buzzers and nymphs are on the water. Fish the fly on a floating line with long leader using a slow figure eight retrieve.

The Left version of this nymph uses micro UV straggle fritz for the thorax.

Whereas that on the Right has the pheasant tail fibres pulled forward over the thorax and secured down with thread. Trim the waste fibres, build a neat head, whip finish and varnish.

A typical tying of a 'muddler' fly

The Muddler

Use this fly when small buzzers and nymphs are on the water. Fish the fly on a floating line with long leader using a slow figure eight retrieve. It can be used singularly or as a team of different sized PT Nymphs, however at Nine Oaks it is single fly only not teams!

This version of the pheasant tail nymph uses micro UV straggle fritz for the thorax.

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A Black Pennel - an excellent fly throughout the year

Black Pennell

The Black Pennell is a great fly throughout the year for trout. Fish it on a floating line. By being tied small it represents any 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.


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A Wickhams Spider fly tied with Orange hackle feathers

Orange Wickhams Spider.

The Wickhams Spider also known as the Wingless Wickhams is a favourite fly. Generally the best time for this fly is spring to late summer. Different coloured head hackles can be very effective including white, grizzle, yellow and hot orange, all these variants fish well. The pattern shown has the addition of a hot orange hackle just behind the bead. It can be deadly when nothing else is taking especially in coloured or mirky water.

The fly can be fished on an intermediate line on it’s own or part of a team of two or three flies. Anything from a slow figure of eight retrieve to a “fast as you can pull” or even a roly-poly pull can be used, different days need different methods of retrieve.

A typical Montana Nymph Fly - an excellent all-rounder for most of the year

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.

We recommend only using small hook sizes such as a #14 or #16.

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 it’s 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.

A 'Shipman's' Buzzer

Shipman's Buzzer

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


All of the above are representations of various patterns of Suspended Buzzers and emergers, so any fly pattern that places a buzzer at or near the surface should be an effective fly to use.

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