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Our Favourite Flies for September

Worthwhile fly suggestions for use during Autumn:-

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September’s Flies for this month are :-

Usually, not always, the first two or the last two weeks of September can be windy with heavy rains. Interspersed with warm cloudy days with a steady breeze. Such days can be good fishing days, with the trout feeding avidly, as thought full of anticipation for the winter ahead. With evenings becoming cooler and colder evening fishing drops off.

This the month when bigger fish begin to move in towards the banks. Throughout the autumn and winter months being out before sunrise becomes less important, but no later than first light.

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 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.

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.

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Another Fritzy pattern - The Dawson's Olive

Dawson's Olive with fluoro pink tail

Fish it close in to the banks where trout are picking up nymphs.

An excellent fly during the winter months using a floating line and long leader with a slow figure of eight retrieve, or an intermediate or sinking line with a varied rate of retrieve.

This example is tied with Straggle Fritz rather than the traditional Chenille Body and uses a thorax of Olive Ostrich Herl to give a bit more pulsating movement at the head.

A typical Black and Gold Buzzer

The Black and Gold Buzzer.

There are many variants of a “Buzzer”, for bright sunny days this is a “good-un”. Fished near the top or submerged using a very slow, almost stationary, figure of eight retrieve.

Fish it near to reed beds. It can also be fished in the winter months when trout are still taking buzzers as part of their diet.

The Orange Fritz fly is another good winter pattern

Orange Fritz or "Blob"

The Orange Blob is a fritz mini-lure and works superbly when fished very fast, ideal when trout are taking Daphnia.  The pattern can also be tied in a mass of colours from dark to very bright on the colour spectrum. The darker coloured fritz’s are usually fished more slowly than the lighter coloured ones.

Also, try the modern equivalent "plastic blob" that looks like a legless tadpole in orange or green.

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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