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Our anglers Fish with the following flies during April

Useful flies to use during April

Updated: 24th, November 2014
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Flies to use in April 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 is shown left.

An example of a CDC emerger buzzer
CDC emerger.

The CDC (Cul De Canard) feather has wonderful floating capabilities, one of its 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 red matchstick buzzer - an excellent  fly for April
Matchstick Buzzer

The matchstick buzzer is a simple, awesome fly for stillwaters. A very basic buzzer pattern that gets its 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.

A Black Gnat
Black Gnat.

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 "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.

A Black Pennel - an excellent fly for April
Black Pennel

The black pennell is a great fly for the trout. It should be fished on a floating line. Tied small it represents a small midge. Also, tied with a plain silver body and fished about 3ft deep on a slow retrieve can be very deadly.

A Pheasant tailed nymph 
Dawson's Olive with fluro pink tail

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.

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