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Fly Fishing Tips


Reporter: Today WildernessTV is out with Lewis Hendrie on the River Tone in Summerset we are going to look how to catch and release fish, and also identify where you are likely to find fish on a small river like this.  Well it looks like we are going to have Fly Fishing another Wilderness TV weather adventure and after a very cold dry start of the season the heavens are finally open but with any luck we shouldn’t cover the water too much and we should still knock into some stunning beautiful fish.

Now we are going to try a couple of different method of fishing today.  On the dry fly we will be using a floating guide and leader pretty much the standard set up. But we will also be using a method called Czech nymphing basically when you Czech nymph you hoist with your rod with just the leader showing by elevating your rod and tracking down with the speed of the undercurrent this eliminate most of drag and help represents the natural movement of a fly.  It also provides great control over your fly as it moves across the floor of the river.

Reporter: So when we are handling fish, they’ve Fly Fishing got protected mucus on them, so what should we do? What should we watch out for?

Lewis Hendrie So the first thing I always do whenever you are about to handle a fish make sure you have your hand wet first so you saw then, when I netted the fish I make sure the net was under the water first also the net is wet.  Keep it nice and moist so that you are not taking out that protecting slime off them.  Because again like as you just said that they anti bacterial protection there that stop them from getting infection and so on.

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We want to handle that fish as little as possible so keep them in the net, wet your hands first, hold it nice and gentle. It really is important, a lot of people I’ve seen before, special people new to handling fish they will squeeze the fish because its tis wiggling around but the fish natural fat will stay far more still and far more settled and not get stress if you just hold it nice and light.

Then just unhook your hook, we are using barber hook so there is no problem the hook just come straight out. So just pinch it with your thumb and index finger, twist it and fly comes out and just hold him in the water till he’s ready to kick and ready to go.

Reporter: So here a few basic skills about catch and release. When catching fish use barbers hooks, land fish a quickly as possible, wet your hands and neck before handling fish and wet your hand before handling the fish and leave the fish in the water as much as possible.  When releasing your fish, hold the fish gently, release it up stream and take time to revive it.  If the fish is bleed it doesn’t mean it’s dead.

Reporter: What to look for in the case of water?

Lewis Hendrie: The whole thing in terms of how to determine success on a river is water craft.  Its understanding where the fish is going to be without kind of trying to just beat around the bush and put a cast everywhere. Now admitting we are going to do some fine casting to cover different areas.  But anywhere where there is plenty of oxygen. So, fast moving water is going to have a lot of oxygen.  The food moving pass constantly so we get what we call a bubble line.

You see lot and lot of froth coming down the river those are good indication of where that main section of food going to come down.  Also, anywhere where is a bit of a gully, so where they is a bit of depth in the water so the fish feels secure and safe.  Basically somewhere like this is perfect I mean, as long as we fish this bit of water carefully we should pull fish. It’s just one of those things that just screen fish there.

Right, what we’ve got here is a little wild brown trout.  Look at that, little white halos around his red spots nice little gold belly just a beautiful little fish.  I mean we have to respect anything that looks like that in the river, as you can see fish don’t live in ugly places.

So you may be wondering why I’m casting quite a lot of fly line here.  Normally I wouldn’t be casting anything near here this amount of length. I would pretty much be doing everything under the rug tip, but as you can see the river conditions are quite low and this is actually surprisingly slow.  I mean there is really no speed to it but now the thing that we have that is bit of a draw back here is that if I start stepping round and moving down the river you see here, look at the size of the wave I’m giving off.  So what I’m going to do is draw attention to myself and the fish is see we are going to give ourselves away and he’s going to know that something is not right.  Now the one thing I’m really not confident about here is my fly is moving south slow though this pool.  That’s not a good thing we don’t want the fish to have time to look and actually see our fly and it’s not the real thing.

Reporter: When casting in confined spaces where there is lot of overhead obstructions the pin cast also known as a bow and arrow cast can be very effective and accurately placing your fly and avoiding getting snagged up.

Lewis Hendrie: One thing that is so unique about these fish they call them the Lady of the Stream, you can see exactly why.  We are just going to hold him upside down quickly for a little while just let him calm down you see he’s almost gone into like a state of hypnotism, just hold him nice and gentle.  Look at that, this is exactly why (pulling up fish’s fin) it earns its name Lady of the Stream, absolutely stunning a nice beautiful fin reds, purples, blues what more can you want from a fish.  And here we go again, might need a second to recovery, go, good to go, just look at that.

That’s the second time the fish as fall to this little fly here.  This is called a French nymph now for me this is one of the best river fly you can use because its got the black it stands out well in dirty or clear water.  That silver bead represents the bubble the insect has trapped behind its gill plate. So for me black or silver bead is one of the most deadly combinations you can use in a river.

Distance talk

Lewis Hendrie: I am one made up man. This is an absolutely beautiful gray.  There is going to be a least 2 or 3 well we going to get 2 pounds so absolutely stunning. A very carefully technical taking it out his mouth, turn it upside down a little that would make him a little bit more placid, there you go, absolutely beautifully gray,  absolutely stunning fish.

Just about to leave this pole because I’ve put the line though a few times lucky we didn’t and have produced one of the most biggest grading of my career so far so not even going to hold her up absolutely beautiful, absolutely stunning fish have a quick look at it, hold it very carefully.  There you go, I’m going to let it go ready

This one taking a point fly, turn him upside down again just to try and calm him down, release the hook, the hook is out, going to put the rod down a second, we have a look at this one. My hands are we just as I’ve been asked.  So I’m going to turn him upside down, in a second you will see, here we go absolutely stunning fish but he wants to go back there you go fellow and he’s off.

Reporter: Well he’s off and so are we.  Thanks for watching and tight lines, and we look forward in seeing you again soon at WildernessTV.