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Popular Flies for July

Effective flies during July:-

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July’s Flies for this month are :-

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

July can have the funniest of weathers, from hot sunny days to warm and humid, as well as hot muggy days, and several hours of heavy rain; even heavy thunderstorms. From a fisherman’s point of view these all contribute poor conditions for fishing.

Water temperature during July is likely to be the highest and that makes the trout lazy and lethargic. The best fishing during July is likely to be early morning and late evenings. However, day times peak feeding times are around 1 o’clock, then again around 5pm. So, mid-day and early evening fishing can on occasions be productive.

Fishing is generally difficult with mirror flat waters, except after a storm or heavy rain when good fishing won’t last long. Early mornings and evening offer the best chances. Use a floating line almost any black lure with a long fast retrieve.

Sedges begin to appear about now and fish an imitation and leave it on the surface. If that doesn’t work give it an occasional twitch.

On bright difficult days instead of flogging the water use your time productively by observing the water with a pair of polaroid glasses and hopefully you’ll learn a thing or two?

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

One of the most popular trout lake and reservoir lures 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.

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A typical example of an Adam's Dry Fly

Adam’s Dry Fly

The Adams is one of the best all round dry flies, I prefer to tie the body with mole fur but any form of blue/grey dubbing can be used. Ensure that the proportion of the body and tail are correct as are the hackles with the hook gape.

The fly can be fished static or on a varied retrieve using a floating line. You should have lots of success fishing this fly on lakes using an intermediate line and stripping the fly very quickly under the water, takes from rainbow trout using this method can be very aggressive.

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A good all-round lure - the Viva

Black/Green/Yellow/Red Viva

A really good all round lure, The black and green, black and yellow or black and red colouring makes it an ideal fly for the early season. Fish it on a floating, intermediate or sinking  line at various rates of retrieve and it will still catch.

At this time of the year, a Black/Green fished on a sinking line on or near the bottom with a slow retrieve - deadly!

A sample of a Cats Whisker Fritz Fly

Cats Whisker Fritz

An all round lure, fish either on a floating, intermediate or sinking line at various rates of retrieve and it should still catch. It works superbly even when fished very slowly or even on the drop. Available in various colours and combinations from orange to black combo’s.

A typical example of an Adam's Dry Fly

Adam’s Dry Fly

The Adams is one of the best all round dry flies, I prefer to tie the body with mole fur but any form of blue/grey dubbing can be used. Ensure that the proportion of the body and tail are correct as are the hackles with the hook gape.

The fly can be fished static or on a varied retrieve using a floating line. You should have lots of success fishing this fly on lakes using an intermediate line and stripping the fly very quickly under the water, takes from rainbow trout using this method can be very aggressive.

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.