Barbless Flies

Much discussion goes on regarding the use of barbless flies. The main point being a trout fly with a barb can be debarbed but a barbless one can not then be barbed, Many fisheries now will not accept any fly with a barb on and most people just nip it down with debarbing pliers


However in line with demand we have now brought in a range of barbless flies

The range will keep growing and eventually we aim to have every fly with the option to have barbed or without. Check out the range here – BARBLESS

Some pictures from a strange afternoon on the Itchen

Mid afternoon the the beat owner asked me to get him a trout, usually a pretty simple task even given the warm weather this year. It was mostly overcast and I could see fish rising along the beat so I started working through with a size 18 Black Gnat (my go to dry fly if I can see rises but I can’t see what for). I caught five grayling fairly quickly ranging from 1/2lb to 1lb but couldn’t see any evidence of decent sized trout. I switched tactic and started using a size 16 goldhead Hares Ear nymph but to no avail. As the evening was starting to draw in I decided to move into one of the deep pools to try and pick up a sea trout instead, I kept the same hares ear on and cast it out into the pool letting it sink to the bottom then drift down the pool to where the fish usually lie where I would lift it in front of them to induce a take, as I lifted it I felt a very solid take and thought I was finally in luck however after ten minutes I managed to raise the fish to the surface to find it was a barbel of 5lb 1oz. I kept trying the same method resulting in two roach of 1lb each, another barbel of 4lb 2oz and a common carp of 3lb 3oz. I’m pleased to say I managed to finally get a trout of 2lb out of the head of the pool on the hares ear. Barbel have been caught on the water before by fly while salmon fishing with JW nymphs but this is the first time a carp or roach has been caught on the fly.

Small goldhead Hares Ear nymphs have been our most successful nymph this month with tiny Black Gnats and Brown Palmers winning on the dry fly front. Going into September I’d expect to increase the size of nymphs (mainly Hares Ear and  Pheasant Tail) as the water rises and cools, I’d expect black gnats to continue to be effective on hot days but larger flies particularly the Adams Irresistible will probably take more fish.

A tale by Paul Unsworth August 2018

Ogmore Angling Association (OAA) Junior Fishing Competition

On 3rd June 2018 we supported the Ogmore Angling Association Junior Fishing Competition where 15 children took part at the Dipping Bridge on the River Ogmore near Ewenny.

A total of 15 fish were caught including 3 eels. The overall winner was May Davies who caught 4 fish with an overall length of 48″. Second place when to Jessica Hewitt who caught 3 fish with an overall length of 35.5″ and Sam Ryan was awarded third place who cause 3 fish with a total length of 34″.

Congratulations to the winners!

Below are some pictures of the event.

The Environment Agency

The environment agency have just published their annual report if anyone is interested.

“Here at the Environment Agency we work tirelessly on your behalf to protect and improve fisheries and angling. We have officers around the country doing everything from restoring rivers to raising and stocking fish, to protecting fisheries and prosecuting polluters. We work to safeguard fishing in both the short and long term. We are pleased to announce that our latest annual report, which details all of our work from 2016 – 2017, has now been published. The report helps to explain what we do and how we spend your fishing licence money.”


Amazing Catches

Jason Carruthers shares some amazing Images for us all to get jealous over, showing off his personal best 16lb Rainbow trout caught on the fly and ending with a 24 lb Pike  using deadbait, although we have challenged him to give our Pike Flies a go !!

Well Done Jason

Some fantastic catches from all over the UK and Ireland!

Wow some excellent catches from our customers! Think you have a better one? Email it to us on and we may feature you in our gallery!


What a Beauty!

What do fishery bailiffs do in the close season. Apart from working around the fishery, the go fishing of course. See attached photo of Ted (Bailiff at Summerfield’s fly fishery) with his prize Salmon from Palm Springs. One of 20 fish caught between ted & three friends on a day out in December.














Dropshotting with Flies, by Anthony Wood


If you have followed my pages you will have seen that last year I caught some perch using flies that had been specifically tied for using on the dropshot.

Recently I was reading an issue of Anglers Mail and lo and behold there was an article on fishing the dropshot using flies, also before someone comes out with horrible comments I’m not saying someone copied me or even that I came up with the idea as I’m fully aware it has been used many many times before I used it. The article did however rekindle my interest in using flies on the dropshot.

I have been looking at a company called ‘Trout Flies UK’ a lot lately as I am thinking more and more about learning to fly fish as it is the only style of fishing I haven’t done yet. It is a family run business and they produce some brilliant looking trout flies such as the damsels which I thought would be absolutely perfect for dropshotting as well as fly fishing.

Looking on their website I found ’24 damsel flies in a water tight trout box’ (boxed damsel-trout-fishing-flies) which looked absolutely perfect for the job and at only £12.99 for 24 flies and the box I thought it was a bargain. Having got in touch with the company they were extremely helpful and also recommended trying some of the hothead flies that they make as well.

So now I knew what flies to get and waited for them to arrive. The package arrived really quickly and upon opening I was extremely surprised at the superb quality of not only the trout box but the craftsmanship of the flies. Considering the price of these flies the quality is simply stunning, after taking out the cost of the trout box (£6.99) the damsels work out at just 25 pence each!!!!!

If you run out of flies the box will also be highly useful for storing jigheads in too.

Okay so I don’t have the right tackle yet for fly fishing so these flies were destined to be used on the dropshot. I tied a couple of the colours on and I was going to start with a yellow, then changed my mind to a hothead, then an orange, finally settling back on the yellow.

The weekend I was fishing arrived and if I’m honest I didn’t hold out much hope as it had been seriously raining the day before and the canal I was fishing with some friends was highly coloured (I couldn’t see the lures/flies under 1″ of water) and carrying some extra water.

I started out with the yellow fly on the dropshot but due to the colour of the water didn’t get any bites. I moved onto some of my soft Relax Lures and managed five perch but I still really wanted to get a fish on these damsel flies.

About half way through the day I found some water that was a bit clearer so I put an orange damsel on and cast out my dropshot rig.

Within a couple of gentle twitches my rod hooped over and line started coming off my reel, either this was a good sized perch or I’d managed to hook a jack pike.

After a few minutes of reeling in and then losing line when the fish did a run I had a nice little jack pike in my net.

As the wind picked up and the rain started again the fish turned off and I didn’t get any more fish for the day. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the company, I proved to myself that I can catch fish on these brilliant flies from Trout Flies UK and I will definitely be using them again.

I also tied up a split shot rig and a carolina rig but didn’t think the conditions were suitable for that rig so will try that at a later stage.




You can find out more about the flies from Trout Flies UK via these links.

Facebook: /TroutfliesUK
Twitter: @TroutfliesUK

Competition Winners

Here we havePicture1 the winners of the friendly catch and return at Summerfields Trout Fishery in Luton

They were issued with Damsels, Buzzers and Gnats from our Fly Collection by organiser Ted Leather .

With 29 Entrys 49 fish were caught.


Winning Black Lumi Zonkers

The lumi zonker flies are one of our top selling trout flies and Paul Kay from Ireland has promoted their quality’s by winning the Rathcon Winter League Final using these beauties!

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The Rathcon Winter League final was held Sunday 09 March. 13 anglers fished the event and landed 26 fish over the 4hrs. It was a tough but fair final with a strong westerly wind making conditions pretty testing.




Congratulations to the following prize winnerspaul kay

  • 1st Paul Kay – 5 fish
  • 2nd Noel Bennett – 4 fish
  • 3rd Dave McBride – 3 fish
  • 4th Carl Owens – 3 fish
  • 5th Garrett Byrne – 2 fish

Another Pike on the Fly

Paul Unsworth is a regular customer here at Troutflies and purchases his fly tying materials from us. He has happily passed over some images of his latest catch from Itchen House Fishery.

Paul was using a classic style Salmon Fly and was rewarded with a 35lb 3oz Pike ! Nice one Paul !

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