Laurent Guillermin's second article looks at the European zander, or pikeperch - found in lakes and rivers of Eastern, Central, and Western Europe. The diet of the zander depends largely on the food available. Any species of fish is fair game for the zander's toothy jaws, even its own kind! That is enough reason to give it a try with a fly!
Alex Jardine continues his monthly column taking a first stab of the winter at some fly fishing for pike and shares news of the National Rivers Final for the England Youth Fly Fishing Association held on the Lower Itchen.
We introduce another new regular monthly fly fishing column today covering the wealth of fly fishing opportunities available in continental Europe. These will be written by Laurent Guillermin who is a well-known writer and photographer from France. His first stop is the Albarine River in his native France. Welcome Laurent!
The guys at Deneki Outdoors have "seen all sorts of creative approaches to losing fish" from their clients over the years apparently. In their blog they have come up with the "Top 5 Ways to Lose a Steelhead" in case you weren't sure!
Welchy takes up the offer of a day fly fishing afloat with pike fishing buddy John Synnuck; but has he bitten off more than he can Chew...
Having a fly rod that breaks down into 7 pieces is great for both travelling and to keep as a spare rod in the car for that unforseen fly fishing opportunity or as a back-up rod. With increasing blank technology and a wide range of pricing on fly rods, we look at a very affordable option from Flextec - their Nomad Traveller Fly Rod.
Fly Fishing the World is a very popular fly fishing TV show that has been syndicated around the world. They are filming a brand new series right now with new host Conway Bowman, a fly fishing guide best know for his pioneering work in creating a catch and release fishery for mako sharks on fly gear out of San Diego, California.
Throughout this series, I have tried to bring a glimpse of what is going on at the frontier of fly fishing for trout & grayling, though have not really explored other developments, such as fly fishing for other species and, notably, salt water. I do very little of the latter and there are far more experienced fly fishers in these areas to broadcast what is going on.
One of the greatest pleasures in my life is teaching people how to enjoy themselves. As a fly fishing and fly tying instructor I take folks out of their comfort zone.
If you have ever tried to cast a large baitfish pattern or a Salmon Templedog made from all natural materials then you will appreciate that its hard work due to the amount of water retained by the fly.