Preparation

Do some research in advance – review the reports on the website and find out what flies and locations are delivering results. It’s always useful to review the reports from previous years to determine what flies and tactics worked at the same time of year and conditions. In the early part of the year lures can be effective – Yellow Dancer, Cats Whiskers, Damsels, Black & Green have all worked well in previous years. I’d also recommend trying buzzers or nymphs with midge tip or slow intermediate lines – Diawl Bach, Bibio and Hares Ear nymphs – Black or brightly coloured buzzers. If the conditions are bright, start with brighter colours and vice versa if the conditions are dull. If it’s not working then vary your approach and try different combinations. If it does work – stick with it and enjoy the fun.