Ultralight Fly Fishing for Coarse Fish

   One of my passions is light tackle fishing, aiming for the greatest possible sport with the lightest possible tackle. Whether it be sea fishing with light rock fishing tackle or fly fishing with ultralight one or two weight rods, this is a style of fishing that really ticks the box as far as I am concerned.
  One style of fishing that is particularly good fun is using such ultralight fly rods for coarse fish such as rudd, roach, perch and bream, not to mention the occasional carp. I have regularly caught large perch on these outfits and have also taken carp to nearly thirteen pounds in weight ( 12 lbs 9 ozs to be exact ). It is great fun! Probably a bit ambitious for a complete beginner but, if you have a bit of fly fishing experience under your belt and want to try something different, this could well be worth investigating.
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Hatchlands Trout Farm is in Rattery, near Totnes. The Silver Pool has a nice population of silver fish, along with some perch and carp. As the carp are not huge, it is an ideal first location for anyone wanting to try fly fishing with 1 and 2 weight rods for the first time. For anyone wanting to test themselves a bit further, it is worth travelling to Bake Fishery, just over the Cornish border. It can be a great place to try for something a bit bigger without being silly over it. For larger fish, I step up the size of rod.
10 lbs 7 oz 12 dm carp taken on a 1 weight rod - not bad for a rod designed to catch 8 oz brook trout!
For lakes where the carp are larger, like this 15 lbs 11 oz mirror, one of eight fish taken to 20 lbs 2 oz on an exciting afternoon, I step up to heavier tackle. Where the fish can be very big, it is not fair going with ultralight tackle. I tend to go to a seven weight rod.
Fly fishing at Hatchlands, Rattery, Devon
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Ultralight Fly fishing for Carp
Ultralight Fly fishing for Perch at Hatchlands, Rattery, Devon
Ultralight Fly fishing versus Drop Shot Rig at Hatchlands
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