Back End Stillwater Trout Fly Fishing Tips

Mornings are later, evenings are shorter and there’s already a distinct chill in the air – Autumn is upon us! But that doesn’t mean that our sport has to end. There is still plenty of great back end fly fishing to be enjoyed in late season. Guide and fishing tackle consultant Chris Ogborne has put together some useful trout fishing tips to help you get the best out of this magical time.

A magnificent 9lb 10oz back end Rainbow from Rutland.

A magnificent 9lb 10oz back end Rainbow from Rutland.

1. Get your timing right! There’s little or no point in arriving too early in the morning as the water needs to ‘come to life’ at this time of year. Terrestrials like daddies are at their most active from mid morning and generally it’s the middle hours of the day that will be most productive.

A late season reservoir brown.

A late season reservoir brown.

2. Use Imitative and suggestive patterns. These type of flies are always good at this time of year. The fish are all feeding up ahead of the coming winter and they will respond readily to even a sparse hatch of naturals.

3. Intermediate lines are tops.
The fish are generally found in mid water and the Airflo sixth sense Fast Glass is the line to start with. It’s a great compromise option that allows you to fish with control at varying depths.

 4. Time for a specimen! Not so many stockies about in late season and you have a very real chance of a grown on stillwater specimen. Its great to seek out the residential fish and all the more rewarding when you get one.

A back end specimen Rutland bow' for ex footballer Chris Guthrie. Source: Rutland Water Fishing Lodge Facebook.

A back end specimen Rutland bow’ Source: Rutland Water Fishing Lodge Facebook.

5. Take care when wading. You should always wade with caution, and never more so than at this time of year. The residential fish will be spooky and close in often feeding on fry so there is often no need to plough right in, but careful wading on the big reservoirs is also advisable because normally unseen snags and holes are accessible as levels drop to their seasonal lows.

6. Focus on the afternoon, rather than the evening rise. Temperatures can drop sharply in the evening and whilst this can occasionally result in the bonus of a fall of fly to the water, more often than not the chill of evening will send the fish to the bottom and out of casting range.

 7. Be comfortable! A warm and dry angler is a much more effective angler – you never fish well when your chilled and shivering! Add an extra layer such as the Airflo Thermolite Hoodie and you will fish better. You’ll also enjoy it more – remember there’s a long old winter ahead of us!

Tightlines, Chris Ogborne.

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Chris Ogborne

About Chris Ogborne

Twice English National fly fishing champion, Chris Ogborne is a legend of the national fly fishing scene. Author and co-author of several classic works on trout fishing, competition angling, and Advanced Stillwater Flyfishing, Chris is also an expert fly tier whose knowledge of fish behaviour informs the way he refines his patterns, to produce killer flies fish can’t resist.