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Duffer’s fortnight

Duffer’s Fortnight is that particular time of the year when even a newbie or duffer can catch monster trout. However, having the fitting Mayfly kit would help you to succeed in catching fish.

This article provides details about Charles Rangeley-Wilson’s Mayfly MOT to ensure you succeed in catching a big game.

For a brief time between mid-May and early June, the intelligent trout of the English chalk streams become an easy game. During this blessed time, even a duffer can catch it.

Fishing can be a tricky sport, but there are times when the trout gets lazy due to eating plenty, which is this blessed time. When looking for more food, the trout eats the bait and becomes easy to catch.

Mayfly is the time when the flies become more extensive, and the rises become higher. During the Mayfly season, the fish are less intelligent, and even bigger fish come out, which makes fishing more fun and enjoyable.

During the Mayfly, the trout attacks and stuffs itself with mayfly, and even a clumsy angler can get lucky and catch trout.

Some anglers wait on the banks early morning and wait for the hatch to start. The first irregular rises from the waters are an excellent opportunity to catch the trout. There is plenty of fish that come with the rising water during this time, and even a newbie angler can catch it.

According to the author John Waller Hills, there are times when the fish are tough to catch. He also adds that the fishing on the fourth and the twelfth days is the best.

Are you a newbie angler who wants to take advantage of the Mayfly season to catch some trout? Read the complete article to learn more about this!

Duffer’s Fortnight may well bring to mind an image of the bumbling beginner on the banks of the Avon, the Wylye, the Kennet or wherever, his hands trembling as he ties on some piece of plughole fluff because the biggest fish in the river is cavorting around in front of him like a girl in an Amsterdam window. But we’ve all been there. I can recall times when I’ve found vast fish feeding with such gloopy abandon my eyelids have started to quiver in nervous anticipation. On 17 May 2016 I broke off a six-pounder and actually chewed the ground to ease the loss. For the occasional angler, there is a lot at stake. And Mayfly is undoubtedly the time when the majority of “occasional” anglers have a dabble for trout.


First, the kit: some guests come with none at all and they are the easiest. I lend them mine and we skip a whole hour of faffing about. Some have ancient stuff dug out of the attic, others the best that money can buy. No matter who I’m fishing with, however, those with grandfather’s greenheart or those with a smorgasbord of the brand new, rarely do I start the day with someone who has the right set-up at the most important end of the rod/line continuum: the fish end. It’s either 5ft of 8lb nylon looped on with a half-hitch or, conversely, some snazzy assemblage of space-age gnat’s whisker. Both are rubbish.


Next in order of importance is the humble knot that ties this leader to the fly-line. Amazingly, fly-line makers have started to weld loops onto their snazzy fly-lines. This is like putting a marshmallow on an epée, a plough on a Porsche. Cut the loop off. Never tie a loop-to-loop connection. Never use those godawful braided loop things, either. A loop hinges and cannot convey the energy of the cast properly. Instead, use a darning needle to tie a “nail knot” or, better, a needle to tie a “needle knot”: there are instructional videos for these knots all over the internet. Combined with a tapered leader, a needle or nail knot will transfer the energy of the cast seamlessly all the way to the fly and help it go where you want it to, not somewhere else. Provided you have your casting sorted, that is.


Before we get to that, a quick word on fly-lines and fly-rods. You don’t have to chose between grandfather’s split cane and an overdraft. Sure, you can spend £800 on a fly rod and £80 on a fly-line but you can also get good versions of both for under £100 all in. For the line, you can’t beat that old classic Scientific Anglers’ AirCel. With its steepish, weight-forward taper it will turn over obediently even if your casting is not brilliant and like another great line, the Barrio GT90, it can be bought for normal money.


My casting MOT for graduate duffers is simple, if extreme. If you’ve kitted up as discussed you’re halfway home. Now all you have to do is learn not to get in the way. This is what you almost certainly do wrong: you don’t load the rod properly because you try too hard. Because you don’t load the rod properly, you try even harder. You make too many false casts (scaring the fish) and when it comes to the final chuck you throw your arm forward, break your wrist too early and snap your elbow straight, as if that will help. It doesn’t. None of this strain and effort helps. It is why your cast doesn’t go anywhere.

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