The Orvis Fly Fishing Report: Paul Procter reports on current fly fishing conditions in UK and abroad.

No. 61 Orvis Blog

April 2015
Written by: Paul Procter

The Olive Jingler
The Olive Jingler

The Olive Jingler—absolute dynamite when trout are targeting duns in faster water.

Hook

Varivas 2100, size 14

Thread
Olive shade of choice
Body
Tying thread built up to a slight taper
Tail
Red cock hackle, not genetic
Front Hackle
Grey partridge, natural or dyed yellow

A Dry for Early Doors:
With the trout season upon on us once more, Orvis Pro Guide Alberto Laidlaw suggests a dry-fly pattern to get you underway, come any anticipated surface activity throughout April or early May. The Jingler might not fit in with those low riding patterns, which seem all the rage of late. Yet dancing on its hackle tips in more lively water, it’s a dead ringer for Large Dark Olives or March Browns, evident on many streams in spring. Whilst the pattern here copies spring olives, this tying should be viewed as a generic imitation that can be altered to suit your needs. 

Making That Vital Connection:
With his local streams in fine fettle, Pro Guide Stuart Crofts reports a great start to the season throughout Yorkshire and neighbouring Derbyshire. In particular, decent hatches of Large Dark Olives and midges have been causing a stir amongst the local trout population.  Despite the lack of leaf cover, Stuart advises it won’t be too long before beetles start straying onto the water, too.  With that, he can’t stress enough the important relationship between the study and observation of insects (entomology), which is a huge part of our sport. Few would refute this, and I wholeheartedly agree. Along with former England World team member Andrew Dixon, Stuart is once again running the popular “Entomology for Anglers” courses in conjunction with the FBA (Freshwater Biological Association) at Windermere. Further details can be found at www.fba.org.uk under "Training & Events."

Contact Stuart at pennine@troutbum.freeserve.co.uk.

Bristol Reservoirs Boil:
Colin Burbedge from the Orvis Bath store has been inundated with customers reporting exceptional sport on Chew and Blagdon reservoirs, which opened their doors recently. Weather always plays a hand during spring, and, thankfully, it has been kind this time round. With trout holding in the upper layers, many have enjoyed success using floating lines and long leaders. Admittedly, weighted nymphs have been the order of the day, which have produced some cracking trout upwards of 3 lb. With plenty of fish prepared to feed in the shallows, bank anglers in particular have benefited. That said, the boats are infiltrating trout holding against reed margins. As both reservoirs are currently brimming full with water as clear as gin, the coming weeks look to be outstanding here.

Learn more about Bristol Water Fisheries at www.bristolwaterfisheries.co.uk.

March Browns

March Browns can easily be identified by that characteristic black fleck in their femur.

Bumper Auction for WTT:
With the Wild Trout Trust auction now closed, figures are in for the total raised, which hit a record-breaking sum of just over £70,000. The WTT wholeheartedly thank not only those who donated fishing, tackle, flies, art, literature, etc., but all the generous bidders who helped make this coveted auction an outstanding success. To read more, or to become a member of the WTT, visit www.wildtrout.org.

Register Upwinged Flies:
Over the coming weeks, one of our most iconic upwinged species—the March brown Rhithrogena germanica—is set to appear throughout the UK. Reports of hatches throughout Wales and parts of northern England are already flooding in. In fact, the UK’s March brown population is thought to be one of the healthiest across Europe.

Anglers can help by registering sightings with The Ephemeroptera Recording Scheme so they can better understand the MB distribution in the UK. March browns can be identified by their mottled forewing, which has a clear patch in the centre. If doubt still exists, then check the femur for a black fleck that is clearly evident with the naked eye. Sightings can be logged by visiting iRecord at www.brc.ac.uk/irecord, or send your sighting (including grid reference, location, date, and photos if available) to Craig Macadam at craig.macadam@buglife.org.uk.

2015 Schools and Courses:
In 2015, Orvis look to extend their already comprehensive range of Schools and Courses. Aside from the usual chalkstream days and stillwater schools, they are offering beginners’ courses and remain committed to ladies’ days, following lots of interest and consequent success during 2014.  Free beginners’ days are also scheduled at participating Orvis stores, and take place at the weekend. Click here for details on all of these exciting and informative days.

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