On a personal note I have had tremendous success on a pattern incredibly popular at Lake of Menteith called the Vicar Buzzer. Originally devised by Scottish fly tying ace Peter Batchelor this relatively simple looking pattern with a small pronounced bulbous head has caught us dozens of fish lately and we have had reports of it working on waters across the UK and Ireland. With it proving so popular we have made it available tied on our solid FBL301 barbless wet fly hook. You can see what they look like here.
If you're a competition angler you might want to check out our new competition legal barbless bungs which are are just perfect for fishing a team of vicar buzzers! They come in 6 different colours to cover every light condition or the colour that works best for you. All of our adjustable bungs are back in stock too in all colours and sizes.
On the rivers this year the hatches have been good but the fishing relatively poor (from my experiences) I think this has largely been down to cold water temperatures and again with warmer and more consistent weather on the way I think the rivers will really spring into life soon. (Finger crossed).
Finally, we have updated and extended our barbless river fly offerings and these can be purchased at any of our stockists. I would strongly recommend seeing these in person as they really are something special and tied to a very high standard using the finest natural materials and the heaviest tungsten beads we could find for the nymphs. (we know this as we weighed them out on scales!)