Beat the WEED!

Fishing guide and Exe Valley manager Nick Hart meets your flyfishing problems head on

Helping people to get more out of their fly fishing has been my life for the last 18 years. What I love about fly fishing is the problem solving aspect and, when we get it right, it’s very satisfying.

To get started I’d like to talk about weed, particularly on small stillwaters. As a fishery manager I’ve endured many sleepless nights trying to figure out the best ways to combat unwanted aquatic vegetation. Every watercourse needs some weed, it literally breathes life into the water and offers habitat for all sorts of trout food, but just a little too much can spell disaster.

Every fishery owner is obliged to stay on top of the problem so that their customers receive value for money, but nonetheless, Mother Nature will often have her way so fishing in completely weed-free conditions during the warm summer months may not be possible.


Make The Most Of Naturals!

Bag ‘em Matchbaits reveals some groundbait tricks to help you catch more fish on natural venues…

Dark Thoughts

A lot of natural venues have very clear water, and species such as roach and bream can be very wary. In these situations, a dark groundbait mix can be a big advantage as these wise fish can be very wary about moving over a light-coloured groundbait. This is because the dark backs of fish stand out over a light mix lying on the bottom, making them visible to predators above.

However, if you were to feed a dark mix, the dark backs of fish blend in with the groundbait, and fi sh are much more inclined to settle over the groundbait. The Natural Lake, Canal and River Dark Blend mix from Bag ‘em is ideal in clear water, and can be mixed with other groundbaits to darken off the colour too.