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JUNE/ JULY/ AUGUST/ SEPTEMBER

JUNE

Olives- much the same picture as May, with the addition of the small dark olive, artificial patterns of which are best fished dry, both in the daytime and the evening. Blue-winged olive becomes increasingly important.

Sedges- much the same as May, except that the grey flag is largely absent. An important addition are the peters, both green and dark. Dry patterns are best, but do not neglect the pupa patterns. Best in the evenings on slower stretches below lake outfalls the peters are primarily lake species.

Reed smuts- often confused with the true black gnat (bibio johannis) the reed smut can have an impact greatly belying his tiny size. They hatch mostly in faster water in the daytime. Tiny dry imitations are best.

Others- Land-bred insects may include ants. There are also black gnats and of course snails, shrimp, corixae and waterlice.

JULY

Blue-winged olives, pale wateries, pale evening duns are the most important olives. Sedges are important. Reed smuts and caperers are also to be considered. Evening fishing predominates!

AUGUST

This month is much the same as July. Look for land-bred insects etc. falling onto the water, including daddylonglegs. Again evening fishing predominates.

SEPTEMBER

Blue-winged olives, smaller sedges and pale wateries. Effective daytime fishing resumes in September.



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