Help Save Welsh Rivers From Farm Pollution!!

Many of the rivers in Wales are seriously affected by farm pollution. Intensive dairying and cattle rearing causes the main problems as a result of slurry inputs from overloaded lagoons and the huge amounts of slurry that are applied to farmland.

You can help stop pollution like this!

You can help stop pollution like this!

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on extending Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Wales https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/nitrate-vulnerable-zones-wales .

Farms in NVZs (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) would have to achieve defined waste storage capacity and also the amount of slurry and other fertiliser applied to farm land would be strictly controlled. The consultation proposes two options:

Option 1 only extends the existing 5% of Wales covered by NVZs to 8% which would do very little to address the problem but Option 2 would cover the whole of Wales.

This option if properly enforced could make a huge difference and contribute to a major improvement in the quality of our rivers and the fisheries that they support.

A stream suffering from chronic pollution caused by farming runoff - a very poor habitat for fish and insect life.

A stream suffering from chronic pollution caused by farming runoff – a very poor habitat for fish and insect life.

You can play a part in helping this come about by sending a response to the Welsh Government either as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.

A response to this document has already been prepared (based on a response by the Carmarthen Fishermen’s Federation) You can download it here.

If you are supportive of what is said and want to help stop river pollution in Wales then all you need to do is:

  1. Use the word document as a basis of your response or simply use it as it stands adding your details name address etc at the start of the document.
  1. Attach the document to an email and send to mailto:water@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Responses have to be sent by Dec 23rd. Thank you for your support.

The extent of Welsh agricultural incidents in recent years

The extent of Welsh agricultural pollution incidents in recent years.

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Great tips for staying warm when winter carping

If you carry on fishing through the winter for carp quite often you will be limited by the temperature. These tips for keeping warm will keep you comfortable, warm and fishing at your best in even the worst extremes.

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Layers – Multiple thermal layers are essential. A base layer, mid and outer will keep you warm and feeling snug. For example the TF Gear thermo-skin underwear and Chill out onesie could be combined with a fleece lined waterproof jacket and trousers like the Trakker Core Multi-suit – a perfect cold weather combo.

Head wear – A lot of your body heat is wasted through the head. Wear at least a cap and preferably a nice bit of knitwear like one of the Trakker beanie hats.

Feet – Like the head these are a vulnerable to losing heat, and unless you take care of them they will get cold extremely quickly. Use extra socks or neoprene socks – but make sure you don’t wear them too tightly or you will negate the advantage by restricting the blood flow round your feet.

Bivvy choice – Use a twin skin for best results in the depths of winter. Twin skin’s capture a layer of air. This is very effective cold weather insulation. With a twin skin condensation is also reduced which means drier, warmer air. Some bivvy brands offer a ‘winter skin’ option that allow you to upgrade your summer time bankside accommodation at a reasonable cost.

Sleeping right – If you fish right through the winter it is well worth investing in a proper 5 season bag with a thermal cover. A quality bag is a god-send on those cold winter nights.
Another tip is too add a layer underneath you – a bed with a built in thermal mattress will provide a wonderfully warm night.

Food and hot drinks – Calories keep you warm – FACT. Great excuse to fire up the Ridgemonkey and cook up grease laden food in abundance. And it always tastes better in the cold….. Ditto for hot drinks.

Cold weather munchies! Image: Ridgemonkey FB

Cold weather munchies! Image: Ridgemonkey FB

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Airflo Forge – Not just another fly-line!

Trout Fisherman magazine review the outstanding new Airflo forge floating fly line!!

”A slick, stable & high floating line” – TF tackle tester Robbie Winram

Robbie says: I was looking forward to trying out the new Forge fly-line as its taper is very similar to my ‘go to’ floating line for stillwater fishing– the Airflo Elite – with a head length of 40 foot and a running line of 50 foot. The main differences are that the Forge is half a line weight heavier to make it easier to load, it is built around a stretchier core of braided multifiliment and the coating is ultra-smooth.

The Airflo Forge fly line in action

The Airflo Forge fly line in action.

As with any line used straight from the box a little memory was present, but after an initial stretch everything was good to go. As I stretched the line I could feel it had a good amount of ‘give’ and it felt supple and smooth through the hands.

The initial lift and load was trouble-free with the line aerialising well, and the resulting forward cast and line shoot delivered the line onto the water with crisp turnover and equally good presentation.

This same performance was produced over short and medium ranges in varying wind conditions. When pushing for more distance, even though the head length is not especially long, it hit the mark with little casting effort. It has great stability in the air, especially when false casting or double-hauling, and the accuracy and delicacy it achieves at these ranges make it perfect for dry fly work and for fishing a team of nymphs, making for a very versatile floating line.

I liked the two colours of the line, which are a tactical olive for the head length and a brighter sunrise yellow for the running line, making it easier to track across the water in difficult light conditions.

The surface coating that Airflo use makes for a very buoyant floating line that not only sits high on the water but allows for easier and cleaner lift-offs. The noticeably softer feel to the line, especially when retrieved over cold wet hands and fingers, was a real bonus. And even though it doesn’t have ridges it is very slick through the rod rings allowing you to cover moving fish quickly and accurately. From experience the polyurethane base material that Airflo use produces a strong, hard-wearing fly-line that outlasts many others.

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Slick, supple and tangle free.

This line will appeal to anglers of differing skill levels because it’s so easy
to cast and at this price won’t break the bank. As a side note the line has a small, neat welded loop at the front end. To get the best from this, combine it with a polyleader using a loop-to-loop connection. This will give improved presentation, especially when fishing
dries. If welded loops are not your cup of tea, cut this loop off, seal the end and add a small braided loop instead.

“The surface coating makes for a very buoyant line that not only sits high on the water but allows for easier lift-offs.”TF contributor Peter Gathercole

Peter says: It’s an absolutely brilliant line – slick, flats well and lifts off the water smoothly. It has a little stretch, which is preferred by some as they believe it helps with more hook-ups, avoiding the dreaded ‘bounce off’. And it’s forgiving when playing fish. It also casts well and lands beautifully straight on the water. There appears to be a slight increase in rigidity in the running line which aids shootability while reducing tangles – the line drops into open coils while retrieving. But there’s a softness in the head section, which I like. Will it be robust enough long term? I see no reason why it shouldn’t. I enjoyed fishing with it.

Airflo’s sales director Gareth Jones talks about the Forge Fly line

Gareth says: With all the fly-lines available on the market today, it’s often a case of ‘where do I start’ when it comes to deciding on the correct taper, coatings, cores, etc for your floating line?

Add to this the fact that £50-plus is a significant investment in something that you may or may not get right and you can see there could be some hesitation, unless you’ve had a chance to find something you like.

At the other end of the scale, you have your lower priced fly-lines and mill ends, but sometimes these cheaper options can lack in performance and age quickly, making them a line that ends up being replaced often.

The Airflo Forge seeks to address these issues and give you a fly-line you can enjoy at a price level that won’t break the bank.
Taper: With a total head length of 40 feet and a working head length of between
33 to 42 feet, the Forge is an extremely versatile line that will work for all levels of casting ability. A relatively long front taper of eight feet (including tip) allows for smooth turnover and precise deliveries, superb for nymphs, dries and any top of the water presentation.

Colour: The line has a pleasant warm olive head colour that will help reduce line flash in the air. A sunrise yellow running line allows you to easily see the transition at the rear taper and help you gauge the optimal amount of line to aerialise when going for distance.

Coating: The surface on the Forge line is ultra-smooth to the touch and holds a dry lubrication system that not only improves casting performance, but also helps significantly with water repulsion – a key factor in improving flotation. It also helps with smooth lift-offs when covering rising fish.

Core: The core is a braided multifiament, similar to those found in top end PVC fly-lines – if you’re already used to stretchy fly-lines, this will have a similar feel to the lines you may have used previously.

Why the price? At only £29.99, the Forge has pushed the barriers of performance for this price point of fly-line. Being launched globally, this has allowed us to run very large volumes and reduce the cost of manufacture significantly. We’ve also saved by making the line with only two coatings (Super-Dri has three!). Finally, we dropped off the loop at the reel end, so you still have a great factory welded loop at the tip, but can still connect backing with your regular nail knot or similar.

Tech-Spec
Size: WF3-WF8F
Colour: Olive/sunrise yellow
Recovery speed: 1.5 inches per second for high buoyancy

Airflo Forge fly lines are available here.

Reproduced with permission from the November 2016 issue of Trout Fisherman magazine.

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Winter Fly Fishing in the Sun

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Fly to New Zealand in December for some much needed sunshine.

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you have to fish in the cold. There’s a wealth of fly fishing destinations that are warm while we’re wrapped up in layers of fishing gear.

We’ve taken a month by month look at some of the best winter fly fishing destinations. Take a trip, stay warm, and check out some of the most exciting fly fishing on the planet.

November in the Bahamas

Wahoo fish

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Catch a Wahoo in The Bahamas

The Bahamas are paradise on Earth. Just ask any of the six million holidaymakers who flock there for the year-round summer and the postcard-perfect beaches.

It’s also a major draw for fly fishers. The world’s most famous bonefishing flats are in the Abacos, a group of 120 islands in the north. From November onwards you can also expect healthy hauls of barracuda, wahoo and snapper.

If you like the idea of a technical, yet rewarding challenge, the bonefish off the islands of Andros, swim right up to you. But when they’re hooked, they can swim off at up to 30mph. That’s when you’ll need to use your skills.

Tips
There are limits on the quantities of certain species. Bahamian fishing regulations require you to obtain a permit to fish, and there are bag limits on wahoo, kingfish and other species.

Fish on as many of the Abacos islands as possible with a chartered boat from Cruise Abaco. They hop from place to place and remain moored overnight, so you get to fish in different waters each day, and wake up in a different cove every morning.

December in the Antipodes

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The greatest prize for an angler

Giant black marlin are a tremendously prized catch. There’s no better place to nab one than the stunning Australian Great Barrier Reef in Cairns at the start of the Antipodean summer. These behemoths can weigh in at a massive 750kg.

If you prefer a more remote getaway, head to Cape York. These uninhabited islands have pristine beaches that are excellent for cod and salmon. You’ll need a 4×4 to reach them, but this can only add to the sense of adventure!

A third of New Zealand households once owned a fishing boat, writes Thomas Petch in Angler’s Mail. River fly fishing is just as important as sea fishing. The waters teem with trout at this time of year.

There’s plenty of accessible freshwater fishing in New Zealand. But if you’re after more of an adventure, the North Island is home to creeks and rivers that hold brown and rainbow trout. A count of the creeks in the Central region tallied around 900 fish per kilometre.

Tips
You need a license to fish in New Zealand. Applying online is very simple.

Giant marlin are the dinosaurs of fish. If you’re new to fly fishing, you’ll need an extra pair of hands and expert knowledge from a captain.

Your usual flies may not do the job on the other side of the world. Check out what’s likely to work south of the equator, and get your gotcha ready!

January in Cuba

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There’s always plenty of fish in the Cuban sea

In Cuba’s Cayo Largo there really are “plenty more fish in the sea”. The catch-and-release fly fishing rule means there’s an almost limitless supply of permit, tarpon and barracuda. Guided fishing trips are the best way to experience these stunning waters, as beach fishing is prohibited.

It’s the country’s top resort, but you’re unlikely to spot other anglers along the island’s remarkably peaceful 25km of saltwater flats, as there are only a few boats that take anglers out each day. Its protected status means the sea is replete with coral, and on land you’ll see iguanas and pelicans.

Cayo Largo is just 30 minutes away by plane from the bustling cultural hub of Havana, so you can double up your fishing trip with some full-on tourism, too.

Tips
Avalon’s Fishing Centres provide chartered boats six days a week. They helpfully divide the vast marine park into six areas, taking you to a different one each day.

You’ll need a visa to visit Cuba.

Mosquitos can be voracious in this area. Pack plenty of repellent, or make sure you eat your Marmite before you go!

February in Kenya

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Hook yourself a sailfish in Malindi

Kenya’s Malindi coastline is one of the only places where it’s possible to achieve a fantasy slam – that’s hooking five types of billfish in one day, including swordfish and marlin.

The undisturbed beaches are stunning. Early in the year is peak billfish season. It’s also when the weather is at its warmest and driest. February’s the peak time for marlin in this area, and sailfish are in plentiful supply. Further north in Lamu, billfish thrive, and you can pick a fight with a yellowfin tuna in reasonably shallow water.

The town of Malindi merges Italian, Muslim and African influences into its food, architecture and art, so you get a brilliant fly fishing and cultural winter sun break rolled into one.

Tips
Pack a waterproof camera. Whales, dolphins and turtles inhabit these waters. You’ll want to record these images to show everybody back home.

There are over a dozen clubs with boats and crew to accompany you out to sea. It’s a world class fishing destination, so you’ll find it easy to find experienced guides here.

Winter months in Panama and the Florida Keys

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Tarpon jumping for joy in the Florida Keys

Hanging off the southern tip of Florida is Key West. Much of the fly fishing here is done on the flats, which are areas of sea where fish congregate to feed. Think of them like jungle clearings – underwater.

Bonefish, tarpon, redfish and snook are all in abundance during our winter months, and there’s no shortage of experienced guides to take you to the best flats for fishing.

Heading further south? In the local language, Panama means ‘abundance of fish.’ Dorado, fierce deep red cubera snapper and the striking mahi mahi, are all ready to be caught in this Central American country. You can fish from rocky coastlines or sandy beaches.

Gatun Lake in the North of Panama offers amazing freshwater fly fishing for peacock bass and tropical bluegill along with a myriad of tropical species. Protected for over 100 years, the lake is also host to land species like howler monkeys, anteaters and three-toed sloths, making it a nature-lover’s paradise.

Almost entirely surrounded by sea, Panama’s just two and a half hours by plane from Miami.

Tips
In Florida you don’t need a license if you’re fly fishing from a charter boat, this is covered by the company.

If you’re going solo you need to buy one online from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation‘s website or from a local tackle shop.

Yellowfin tuna are at lower numbers in January and February, but this is the peak period for black and blue marlin at up to 600lbs.

There’s a huge fishing world out there beyond the northern hemisphere. Where has your pursuit of winter fishing in the sun taken you? Share your stories on our Facebook page.

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Fishtec now offer FREE delivery!!!

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Iain Barr World Bank Masters – 2017 Farmoor Fishery

Fancy your chances of winning a massive cash prize? Then enter the 2017 Iain Barr Bank Masters at Farmoor Fishery!

For 2017, a singles and pairs event will be hosted on Farmoor Reservoir Fishery with a prize fund of up to £15,000 available for the winners! We feel this is going to be THE event of the 2017 competitive fly fishing season – not only for the UK, but also Europe wide.

farmoor-promoWhat’s the deal?

There are no heats – the first 200 entries fish the finals, simple as that. Everyone has a great chance of taking a huge prize pot, and of catching tagged fish for additional cash and tackle prizes. 100% of entry fees make up the cash pot!

When is it?

The singles event will take place on Saturday 11th March 2017, and the pairs Sunday 12th March 2017.

How much?

Singles – Entry Fee £50, Fishing Fee £25. Limited to 200 anglers.
Pairs – Entry Fee £50 per pair, Fishing Fee £50 (covers two anglers). Limited to 100 pairs.

How to apply?

Click HERE to download an application form. Fill it in and send to the address on the bottom of the form with payment. If you have any trouble downloading, you can contact Iain by email: iain_barr2000@yahoo.co.uk

The rules?

This is a catch and release competition with points scoring on rotational pegs. No size limit on fly dressing, barbless or de-barbed hooks only. Any type of fly line allowed including shooting heads. Check out the rules in full HERE.

Sponsors

Leading UK fly line manufacturer Airflo will be supporting the event as the main sponsor for the sixth consecutive year!!

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For full details visit: www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk

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Winter Grayling Fishing – 5 Tips for keeping warm on the river bank

Cold winter weather can herald some of the best river fishing of the year – Grayling time! Grayling feed willingly on the coldest of days, even with thick snow on the ground and ice in the rod rings.

Fishing in these conditions requires you, the angler, to be comfortable and prepared for a full day in the outdoors. Paying close attention to your clothing and layering choices allows you to do this.

Winter grayling fishing in sub-zero conditions

Winter grayling fishing in sub-zero conditions.

These winter grayling fishing tips cover how to keep yourself comfortable, and therefore fishing productively for grayling in even the coldest extremes.

1. Invest in cold weather headgear. Your normal baseball cap simply wont cut it. A beanie or woolen piece of headgear is what you need. Something like the Simms chunky beanie is ideal and worth every penny. The neck is also a much neglected area. A polar buff makes a stylish wind blocker and helps keep the warmth from your torso escaping through your neckline.

2. Use a fleece undersuit. When worn as part of a layering system an undersuit is probably the most important garment you need for grayling fishing. The thermolite body suit by Airflo is a great example of what you need. Remember to wear an undersuit on top of everything else.

3. Eat and drink to keep warm. Yes, calories keep you warm! Hit the greasy spoon before you head out to the river. A good breakfast and coffee definitely allow you to keep grayling fishing for longer. Bring a thermos flask with a hot drink. A warm cup of tea can revive even the coldest angler.

4. Keep your hands warm. Numb cold hands affect a lot of anglers. By learning to fish with gloves you can help avoid this problem. A lot of grayling fishing is short line nymphing, requiring a simple flick of the rod, so fishing with gloves does not hinder you. Another tip is to put your free hand into a hand warmer pocket each time you track your bugs round, and switch hands occasionally.

5. Feet are important. You loose a lot of heat through the feet. A double pair of socks will help, but make sure they are not too tight or blood flow could be restricted; negating the benefit. Nothing compares to adding another layer of neoprene round the foot – the Ron Thompson Neo Tough socks take some beating. But make sure your wading boots have enough room to accommodate them.

The reward - a grayling in the cold.

The reward – a grayling on a freezing cold day.

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Perch On The Fly

Over the winter fly fishing opportunities for trout can be a bit limited, so why not try for perch on the fly? Perch are eager takers, and once you find them you can have some great fun with your fly rod. So why not give them a go!

Perch on the fly

Perch on the fly.

Where to find

Perch are abundant in the UK, and can be found in pretty much any lake, canal or coarse fishery – where the price of a ticket is often just a few pounds. Both large and small stillwater trout fisheries also hold specimen perch in big numbers, making for a pleasant diversion when trouting is slow.

Perch like to shoal up and hug close to structure, especially where there is a deep drop off. Perfect places to look for them would be near to jetties, piers, sunken timber, boat landings, harbors and channels.

Perch fly gear

A fly rod from 6 to 9 weight, 9 to 10 feet in length will be just fine for perch on the fly. Perch prefer to sit in mid-water, so pack your sinking lines! The Airflo forty plus range of sinkers are ideal lines to use, especially the Di5 and Di7.

Don’t worry about having a reel filled with backing – perch are not known for long runs, just dogged head shakes and dives.

For leader, use strong fluorocarbon from 10 to 15lb breaking strain. Airflo G3 or Fulling Mill flouro are both very tough stuff and withstand serious abuse.

Perch flies and leader material

Perch flies and leader material.

Perch flies

Perch are predatory creatures, and the bigger they are the more protein they crave.

Larger trout fry patterns, minkies, boobie zonkers and snakes will all work well. The Fulling Mill fry pattern set is a great place to start for a collection of effective perch patterns.

When perching it pays to have at least two flies on your leader at once – you then have a great chance of getting a ‘double header’ – believe me it’s great fun!

Fish two flies and a perch 'double header' is on the cards!

Fish two flies and a perch ‘double header’ is on the cards!

How to fish

Perch like to huddle together in a pack. They often don’t like to move that far from the safety of the shoal to intercept a fly, so it is vital you get amongst them. This is where a fast sinking line comes into play.

Once your line is well down in the water, get the flies moving in aggressive strips. Perch like to ‘zone in’ on a moving fly on a horizontal plane, and a steady retrieve will often get them to attack.

When you feel a tap, never lift the rod in a knee jerk reaction. Strip-strike by pulling the fly line hard until everything locks up.

Once you find a few, keep on hammering the same area – you can often catch most of the shoal in quick succession.

The reward - a fine perch on the fly

The reward – a fine perch on the fly.

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5 Winter Fly Fishing Tackle Storage Tips

For some anglers the season never really ends, but for a lot of us when winter is truly here it’s time to wind things down and store your fly fishing tackle for next year.

If you decide to hang your fishing gear up through the winter you might want to consider how to store your reels, lines, rods, leader material and waders – so they are in pristine condition for spring. Our 5 essential tackle item tips explain how!

Store your fly fishing kit well so it performs next season

Store your fly fishing kit well so it performs next season.

1. Fly reels. The main enemy of a fly reel is dirt and damp. Before storage always clean the grit and grime out of your reel with a toothbrush then allow to dry. A thin application of reel oil with a soft cloth will really help keep your reels in good shape. Never use WD40 as this can strip grease out and ultimately make things worse. Your reels drag system will need to be slackened to the minimum setting or the drag washer could perish in storage.

2. Fly line. A common complaint we receive in spring is a fly line full of memory. It is no coincidence that when a line is stored on a reel all winter and then hits icy cold water memory kicks in – it is not the fault of the line. It pays to strip the line off your spools and store your fly line in big open coils – the linewinder is the ideal product to do this with. At the same time, take the opportunity to clean your line with a moist cloth to remove all the dirt and grime

3. Fly rods. Make sure your fly rod is never stored all winter inside a wet rod bag – doing this can lead to pimples in the varnish, and a mildew riddled cork handle. Dry your rod thoroughly and take the time to remove dirt from the rings with a toothbrush and soapy water before you place in the tube.

4. Leader material. Leader material degrades with time – it is worth clearing out all of your partially used spools of tippet and re-stocking with fresh ones in the spring. As well as a confidence issue, trusting old tippet that has spent a season (or more!) in your vest then a winter in storage might not be worth it when you get broken off by a big overwintered rainbow early in the season.

5. Waders. Dry and clean your waders before storing for the winter. Fully dry waders reduce the chance of mildew growing in them – and that can cause major issues. Drape them gently over a clothing rail for best results. For for more details on looking after your fishing waders, check out our blog post here.

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8 Tips for better Mobile Phone Fishing Pictures

Lets face it, almost all fishermen carry a mobile phone, making them the device you are most likely to record your fishing adventures with.

Mobile phone cameras can make great fishing images, but to ensure your snaps are awesome rather than pedestrian, follow our 8 simple tips for better mobile phone fishing pictures.

A nice casting shot taken with an iPhone

A nice casting shot taken with an iPhone.

1. Clear your lens.

Grease, dirt, dust and fingerprints can all have an effect on image quality. Before you take a picture of your prize catch take a few seconds to give your phone lens a quick wipe over with something soft, like the edge of a T -shirt or lint free cloth.

2. Get focused.

Getting your subject into focus is essential if you want a good picture. On iPhones simply tap the screen where your subject is in the frame – a small yellow square will appear to confirm. On Android you can set your camera up to do the same, by tapping on the screen exactly where you want to focus rather than using a button to take the image.

A lovely close up shot taken with an iPhone – getting the focus right was important!

A lovely close up shot taken with an iPhone – getting the focus right was important!

3. Avoid using Zoom

By using zoom you loose of lot of quality with a mobile phone. Walk closer or hold the phone right up to the fish instead. For a close up view, best option is to simply crop out the surplus in the picture afterwards.

4. Keep it steady

Keeping your phone still is very important, especially at night or in low light conditions. Phone cameras work a lot slower when their sensors pick up low light, due to more exposure being required for a decent image. Try holding with both hands for a steady take.

5. Take several shots

Take a few not just one. That way you can pick the best one out. The more you take the better the chance of getting a good one with the subject in focus.

6. Watch the background

Make sure the background is uncluttered and not distracting. If it is, a quick move of position and it can be easily remedied. Or quickly tidy things up to ensure the background is neat and not attention grabbing.

This mobile phone photo would have been much better if the clutter was removed in the background!

This mobile phone photo would have been much better if the clutter was removed in the background!

7. Remember the basics

Imagine a frame around your subject and keep them in the middle of the shot. If it’s a person holding a fish, try not to cut off your subjects head! Remember to keep the phone level so your picture is straight.

A decent mobile phone picture - nicely framed and straight.

A decent mobile phone picture – nicely framed.

8. Try not to use the flash

Mobile phone flashes are basically just glorified LED’s. Rarely are they effective, or useful. Indeed, they often ruin the shot by making your camera slower, therefore giving your fish more time to wriggle just as the picture is taken! They also usually end up going off at the wrong time so you end up with a blury, badly lit image. So we recommend you turn yours off, even on a dull day.

Want to take you photography skills to the next level? We suggest you read our Fishing Photography guide.

 

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