The catchiest patterns, developed by the professionals of the English Stillwater competition scene

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Fly fishing in lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and other stillwater has enjoyed enormous popularity in recent years. There are several good reasons for this enormous boom: Stillwater are easy to reach and usually well accessible. They can offer a wide range of attractive fish species that can be fished very well with the fly. By fly fishing lakes and reservoirs, you can also extend your fishing season and pursue your passion all year round.

Although it is also possible to catch fish in lakes and reservoirs with a dry fly, nymph or streamer, we also recommend a range of special flies for stillwater that have proven to be extremely catchable in these waters. These flies were originally developed for stillwater fishing in reservoirs and lochs, which is widespread in Great Britain. There, this form of fly fishing not only has a long tradition but is also practised very professionally at competition level. Hotfly has good contacts to professional fly fishers in the English competition scene and can therefore always offer you the latest tying materials and the catchiest patterns of the pros.

In stillwaters, too, the main thing is to imitate the naturally occurring prey in and out of the water as well as possible to entice the fish to bite. In still waters, however, the prey spectrum is much wider and ranges from the smallest insect larvae such as chironomids to dragonflies, breeding fish, tadpoles and the like.

In order to be successful in stillwater, the artificial fly patterns must above all exert an additional stimulus on the fish in order to be noticed, because in many commercial fishing reservoirs the fishing pressure is very high and the fish are correspondingly suspicious but also lethargic. Essential for the success of these flies is therefore as much movement and vibration as possible, which makes the fish curious and ultimately tempts them to bite. In addition, the flies for standing water can also be chosen a little larger.

In the individual product categories we explain how, where and when you can best use boobies, blobs, fabs, egg imitations, streamers and special models for fly fishing in stillwater.

A word about equipment: fly fishing on stillwater also works with your classic fly rod in 9 feet, class 5, but you will see that due to the often cramped conditions and the significantly greater distances at which you have to present your flies in order to reach the fish, it will be much more fun with rods and fly lines specially developed for stillwater fishing.