Single flies for Rutland

Q: l am going boat fishing on Rutland Water for the first time in July but am not experienced enough to use a team of flies. Would I be seriously hampered by using a single fly and what would you recommend I use?

Francis Beck

ROB EDMUNDS REPLIES: You would not be seriously hampered by using one fly. In fact, sometimes I feel it even benefits the angler as a single fly means that two fish have to compete for the one fly – the result being more positive takes.


However it is not difficult to fish two flies. A 10-foot leader of 8lb or 10lb fluorocarbon is fine and does not tangle that much (with a 6-10-inch dropper at fivE feet). Just remember te put a small fly on the dropper and the larger, heavier fly on the point as th is will hel pro turn over your cast.

If you only wb nt to fish a single fly i hen a “8lb would be ideal.

Something  smells fishy!

Q: Are scent attractors worth using on flies or just something designed to part us from our hard-earned cash?

James Williams

PETER COCKWILL REPLIES: An interesting question. From a personal point of view I believe that using scent attractors on artificial flies is taking us away from the whole concept of flyfishing.

As I see it, a flyfisherman’s aim is to convince a fish to take something made of fur, feather and/or synthetics. The trout might perceive our artificial fly to be a food item or simply something that attracts it.

Using scent is closer to bait fishing and as close to flyfishing as the use of spinning blades on flies!

If you want to use scent/bait then there are a range of Stillwater fisheries up and down the country which will allow this, in which case it’s up to you as to whether or not you use your hard-earned cash on the many options available. But in the main it’s an unacceptable practice on fly-only trout waters.

Flexible rod rings

Q: l’ve noticed that the rings on a friend’s rod are very flexible. Are they a special type of ring?

Steve Watson

ROBBIE WINRAM REPLIES: These are almost certainly Recoil rings which are often fitted to many more-expensive rods such as Loomis and Hardy.

These extremely lightweight rings are made from a pure alloy of nickel titanium alloy which is designed to bend and therefore won’t break if accidentally knocked. It also means they won’t corrode. Recoil guides also flex with the rod, eliminating flat spots.

Recoil guides can be added to the rod blank as snake guides, single-foot guides, tip rings and hook keepers.

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