Key species on the menu for fish in the Usk and Wye catchments

Key species on the menu for fish in the Usk and Wye catchments An article by Dave Collins The list below is not intended to be comprehensive, and comments made are deliberately brief and for guidance only. Emergence patterns are generalised, can change according to seasonal weather conditions and can be earlier, later or more [...]

By |2018-09-24T11:30:36+01:00September 21st, 2018|Entomology, General|0 Comments

Know your fish food Part 5- Yellow May Dun

Yellow May Dun( Heptagenia Sulphurea) There was a time where I wouldn't have thought of using a pattern to imitate this fly. However how times have changed. This fly has become very important to the fish of the River Usk particularly since the lack of March Browns during the past few years. The fly is [...]

By |2018-10-06T19:53:19+01:00December 9th, 2015|Entomology|0 Comments

Know Your fish Food Part 4-The Olive Upright

The Olive Upright (Rhithrogena Semiclorata) A very important food source for both trout and grayling on the Rivers Usk and Wye This insect is a very important food source for the River Usk and Wye as it arrives at the end of the Grannom and March Brown hatches and the Dark Olives have diminished in [...]

By |2018-10-06T19:55:45+01:00December 9th, 2015|Entomology|1 Comment

Know Your Fish Food Part 3-The Iron Blue

Know your Fish Food 3 The Iron Blue (Baetis Pumilis) This is the one fly that likes the cold and will hatch in the colder days of spring from lunch time to early evening during April and May depending on the weather. It can then reappear in the Autumn. Easily recognised as they are very [...]

By |2018-10-06T19:56:35+01:00November 29th, 2015|Entomology|0 Comments

Know your Fish Food Part 2 The Large Dark Olive

One of the first flies to show on the river in any numbers and an important food source for both trout and grayling. All the photographs sen below show both male and female insects at differing times of their life cycle and were recorded on the River Usk between 1960 and 1986. Its scientific name [...]

By |2018-10-06T19:57:33+01:00November 11th, 2015|Entomology|0 Comments

Michael Wade – A Man of the River

Dr Michael Wade Dr Michael Wade  There are a number of people that we meet or hear of that have a profound effect on the rivers we fish and often they go unseen or unrecognised for the work that they do. One such man is the late Dr Michael Wade. A General Practioner whose surgery [...]

By |2018-10-06T20:01:44+01:00November 6th, 2015|Entomology|1 Comment

Know your Fish Food Part 1 The March Brown

  Dr Michael Wade.  This article has been put together with the kindness and generosity of the family of the late Michael Wade. I should explain that Michael was a GP in Risca and was interested in the insects and fly life that trout feed upon in the River Usk. Such was his passion that he [...]

By |2018-10-06T20:04:11+01:00November 4th, 2015|Entomology|0 Comments

How to Choose the Right fly – Flat-Winged (Diptera)

How to Choose the Right fly - Flat-Winged (Diptera) Part 3 deals with the area of flat winged flies. Often overlooked for rivers but are a main staple food item to fish in lakes. These include the midge (Chironomid) and similar types of insect. In the main, they are again an advanced type of insect in [...]

By |2018-10-07T09:04:01+01:00June 30th, 2014|Entomology|0 Comments

How to choose the right fly – Caddis Flies (Sedge)

How to choose the right fly - Caddis Flies (Sedge) One species of fly that is often forgotten about in fly-fishing is the caddies fly.  Most fly anglers only ever seem to fish it as the light is fading when some large red sedge are skittering across the river surface. These types of flies are [...]

By |2018-10-07T09:07:19+01:00June 30th, 2014|Entomology|0 Comments