With water due to rise this week and the gru hopefully melted, the fishing will start even though the rivers have been open. The water is going to be extremely cold and fish will
not want to move too far to take your fly, so I suggest getting down to the bottom layer of water with your fly. This can be done in a couple of ways use a sinking line/tips or use a copper, brass or tungsten tube or both depending on the depth you are trying to reach.
I have added a few of my top spring patterns that I would be fishing at this time of year.
One of the most important tips in the spring is try to keep your fly steady and slow in the swing, remember they are not going to be sitting in the fast flowing rapid areas of the river, the fish like to take the easier route up the river at a steady pace.There is no rush for them heading up to the top beats as they won’t think about spawning until later in the season.
More than likely these fish will be caught a few times so handling them with great care is a given. Supporting the fish when lifting it out of the water or the net, we see some horror shows with people lifting them by their tails or fingers in the gills. Take your time returning the fish make sure its facing upstream so you know it has fully recovered, if you let it go downstream the fish will find it easier to go with the current but unfortunately if not fully recovered will just float away and die. These are the two of the most important things to remember.
Caledonia Fly Company wish you all tight lines and hope you have a very busy season catching your favorite fish. If you wish to see more of our patterns please look at our new 2019 online brochure and buy them from our stockists list.