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Favourite Flies for November

Noteworthy flies to use during Autumn:-


November’s Suggested Flies for this month are :-

White Baby Doll is a good winter pattern

Baby Doll

The Baby Doll is used to imitate a small fish, it works as a standard lure and can be fished at almost any depth with different rates of retrieve.

The Baby Doll is an ideal lure to use in the fry season around October and November time. Colours that seem to work well in addition to white are fluorescent green, peach and white with fluorescent green back.

Wool is best material for the body but antron can be used as a substitute.

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 winter fly the Blakestone Buzzer Black Fly

Blakestone Buzzer Black

One of many buzzer patterns that will catch fish. The other most popular colour is olive but red, orange and even white are worth having in your box.

 

A Black Pennell - 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.

 

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.

This is another fly, tied all white and with a few strands of fluorescent straggle tied into the tail can make all the difference.

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.

The Mini Cats Whisker Fly - an excellent winter fly pattern

Mini Cat’s Whisker

One of the few lures that has remained popular over the last twenty years or so. (Whatever happened to the Ace of Spades, Ombudsman & Black Chenille?)

This is one of those all round lures, fish it on a floating, intermediate or sinking line at various rates of retrieve and it will still catch. The cats whisker works superbly even when fished very slowly or even on the drop. You must have one of these in your box, don’t let the size deceive you, it’s very effective.

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 WET FLIES, so any fly pattern that is under the surface or on or near the bottom should be an effective fly to use.

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