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The Mimram can be quite a challenge to fish and indeed sometimes looks devoid of any fish at all however don’t be fooled, they’re certainly there! Here we’ll give you a basic introduction into the techniques needed to tempt those elusive Trout and Grayling. A fairly stealthy approach is required if the fish aren’t to be seen scooting off up or downstream so bear this in mind and tread carefully when wading or approaching from no cover. Some good polaroids are a must if you’re to spot a feeding fish so make sure you’re suitably equipped.

We’d suggest nothing longer than 8’6″ in a 4 weight with shorter, lighter rods a distinct advantage in the wooded section where casting space is at a premium. Reels are not so important, in a river this small it’s largely there to just hold the line so it’s down to personal choice.

At the start of the season the weed life will be minimal and the temperatures cold so it’s unlikely they’ll be many rising fish. If this is the case then a nymph approach will offer the best chance of a result. The standard Gold Ribbed Hairs Ear or Pheasant Tail (in the gold bead or weighted versions for the deaper pools) will always take some beating but shrimp patterns will also work. Run these through likely looking holding areas and you might get a pull. As the days warm the insect life will increase, watch for any hatches and try to match accordingly. Both Grannom and Hawthorns will appear in April so they may be worth a try but failing anything obvious small dark flies like emergers, klinks and F-flys will usually tempt a rise.

Into the warmer months and the weed will be growing fast and insect life in full swing. May will see the start of the glorious Mayfly hatch and this can be both productive and frustrating. If the rises are delicate it’s likely the fish are taking the emerging nymphs just under the surface so a mayfly nymph pattern is definitely worth a try. The big splashy rises are the adult insects being taken so put on a dry and be patient, with so much food around the trout can become very selective. The Mayfly is a big insect and can be a mouthfull for a Mimram trout so don’t be afraid to offer a fly a little smaller than the real thing.

Towards the end of the summer the water levels will be down a little and the weed at it’s maximum. There will lots of food in the water and terrestrials falling from the trees so in the wooded section especially a dark hopper pattern could prove successful. If there are no rises try suspending a nymph below a dry “duo” style. In the deeper pools where the fish are reluctant to rise this can be a killer method, just keep your eyes fixed for any movement of the dry fly, if it stops, alters course or dips then strike!

With the onset of shorter days and cooler weather the trees will start shedding their leaves and with it some insect life. Terrestrial patterns cast amongst the floating leaf litter in the woods will often tempt a rise. Take your time and see if you can identify any likely candidates for replicating in fly form. This can be a productive time as the fish look to fatten themselves up before spawning.

From the 1st of October the Grayling become priority as the Brown Trout season closes but this shouldn’t curtail your fishing, the Grayling is a fine fish to catch on the fly, it fights hard and looks beautiful. Water levels will be rising with the extra autumn or winter rain and temperatures dropping but fear not, Grayling will feed even on the coldest of days. Seek out the deeper pools and smooth glides. Unlike trout Grayling aren’t easily spooked, sometimes you’ll be amazed how close you can really get. Target these fish with weighted nymph patterns with gold or tungsten beads or try heavy shrimps and bugs fished Czech style. Keep yourself moving, fish each pool for a few minutes before moving on to the next, this will also help you keep warm!

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