Stillwater Trout Fishing

XX_ana2As we move into March, the still water trout season really gets going. Small waters have been open throughout the winter and the main reservoirs are starting to open up. As the weather improves and warms, there is an increase in insect life the trout respond by gorging on the abundant food resource so why not get out there and make the most of some of the best fishing of the year!

What to wear while still water fishing?

As always, with the British weather, it is important to be prepared for anything, as it can be so unpredictable. As the saying goes ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing’.

Layering is a great way to dress to the conditions. You can easily and quickly add or remove layers as the weather varies.

The outer layer should be waterproof and windproof to protect you from the elements. Scierra make a great bib and brace set that will keep your bottom half dry. These are designed with the still water angler in mind. They also offer a matching jacket – the Kenai Pro Fishing Jacket. This is longer than most wading jackets offering more protection form the elements. Buy them both together and receive a 20% discount using code SCICOMBO20 at Check out.

Under the outer layer, there are several options. Nano puff type jackets are increasing in popularity due to the fact that they are light, warm and stylish. Many brands are making them now including Simms, Patagonia and Airflo.

There are several fleece options available that are warm and look good so that you don’t have to worry about changing before you head to the bar after your day on the water.

Base layers will complete the outfit. They wick away moisture from your body meaning you stay warm. A great start to any layering system.

A fishing vest is also very popular with Still water fisherman. It allows you to have everything you need close by so that it is easily accessible when required. Vests can be used to store fly boxes, nippers, forceps, Gink, Xink, spare tippet material and more.

Don’t forget your hat and glasses either!!

Tom Leslie Fin & Game

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