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Top Mayfly Tackle

Tackle Up for Mayfly

'Duffers' Fortnight' is that magical period when the Mayfly hatch reaches its crescendo and, supposedly, anyone can catch! The truth of the matter is that Mayfly hatches tend to be somewhat unpredictable so you need to be on top of your game. Our team have selected the top fly fishing tackle and gear to help ensure that, 'duffer' or not, you are properly prepared for this fabulous fishing season.

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Mayfly Fishing Gear

As the mayfly season unfolds, trout fishing enthusiasts must tailor their gear and tactics to maximise success. Select a 4 to 6-weight fly rod, around 8 to 9 feet in length, offering the finesse needed for delicate presentations. Pair it with a quality fly fishing reel featuring a smooth drag combinded with a floating line to mimic the mayflies' emergence from the water's surface. Stock your fly box with an array of mayfly imitations to 'match the hatch' during the various stages whilst paying close attention to water temperature and weather patterns that influence mayfly activity. Present your fly with precision, focusing on natural drifts and subtle movements whilst embracing the serenity of mayfly season! There's plenty more advice over on our YouTube channel and on our trout advice category.

Join expert trout anglers Jonathan Tomlinson and Chris Hayward on a stunning chalkstream as they offer some brilliant tactical advice on making the most of the mayfly hatch.