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The Mimram angler will need a varied selection of both dry flys and nymphs in their box. Here we’ve highlighted a few of the more successful patterns and hope that it helps you put a few more fish on the bank.

The Pheasant Tail Nymph is probably the most used and famous nymph of all time and it’s something that should always be in your fly box. Weighted versions are good when you need to get it down a bit quicker and fished as part of a duo can be extremely effective.

The Gold Ribbed Hears Ear is another of those “nymphs for all occasions”. It may not look like anything in particular but it looks a little bit like a lot of things and the fish don’t seem to mind. It comes in plenty of different colours, weights and with bead heads so make sure you have a few in your collection.

With the Mimram being full of fresh water shrimps it makes sense to have an assortment of these Shrimp patterns in your box. These are a favourite for the Grayling in the heavier weighted versions and can be fished Czech nymph style.

Running a Walkers Mayfly Nymph through just before or during the early Mayfly hatch could tempt one of those larger fish seeking the emerging insects.

If there is a hatch of Buzzers or any small dark flies a Klinkhammer will do the trick. With most of the fly sitting below the surface it’s easily spotted by the fish and readily taken. Due to the flies stability it’s ideal for faster, broken and rippled water sections on our stretch.

If the Grannom are hatching this may be your chance to fish this classic Natural Caddis variation. Skating one of these across a smooth glide will sometimes attract a savage take so be ready.

The Light Hendrickson is a  smaller Mayfly variation that will often tempt a rise when the larger patterns are refused as they’re often too big.

If there are bugs falling from the trees in the woods a Bristol Hopper is definitely worth considering. Later in the season when the Craneflies (daddies) are about and being blown on to the water it could also be worth a try.

This is one of those to “try when everything else fails fly” or when there are very few insects emerging from the water. You’ll need a few F-Flies however, as once it’s taken or given a good soaking it’ll need time to dry out.

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