Eyebrook Fly Patterns

Hints and fishing tips for fly patterns associated with fishing at the Eyebrook Trout Fishery.

Spring Patterns

Nymphs like Diawl Bach and Black Epoxy Buzzer can work from opening day in the shallow water areas, but it’s the Tadpoles, Cats Whiskers and Fritz Lures that take fish in the deeper areas of the reservoir (which goes to 45 feet). Lake Olives still hatch but are not so prolific as they used to be. Some Mayfly hatches off in spring, but it's terrestrials like the Hawthorn that bring trout to the surface.

Summer Patterns

Chironomids hatch right through the day so Buzzers particularly emerald green and big ginger ones are effective. Damsel Flies are important and there are also good hatches of sedge in the evening. Expect to use flies like Hoppers, Emergers and Daddies, particularly ones with yellow bodies. The Muddler is still worth a try as are Wingless Wickhams when fish are smutting.

Black and Orange Buzzer

A year round standby, a pattern that will stand fast in most fishing situations. The Black and orange Buzzer in all its guises will outfish most modern day patterns, perhaps some would argue that a Diawl Bach might come close, and you might be right.In colder conditions generally at the beginning of the fishing season, late March and onwards this pattern will catch. Chironomids occur throughout the season and a selection of Black Buzzers are essential to the reservoir stillwater fisherman and a pattern not to be caught out without.

Black and Green Buzzer

On occasion this chironomid imitation will score above its orange cheeked counterpart. It may be that the trout might be avidly feeding on tiny green water mites, making the green cheeks on this buzzer a target for the fish, maybe just one of many reasons that make this pattern so effective at a particular time.

Orange Shipmans Buzzer

A great pattern made famous by the one and only Dave Shipman of Whittlesey. This fly excels during warmer fishing days when the fish are accepting surface born offerings. A drifting boat and a south westerly and a pair of Shipmans Buzzers are often a recipe for a good days sport. Other effective colours especially at the Brook include, Green, Fiery Brown, Amber and Black the latter is especially effective in May when the Hawthorn fly are about. This fly works especially well at Eyebrook as do most semi submerged patterns fished just as Dave intended it to be, all those years ago.

Black Shipmans Buzzer

Another very useful pattern from the Dave Shipman stable. A great all round pattern especially effective late May early June when the fish are beginning to accept offerings from the surface of the reservoir. A good imitation at Hawthorn hatch time, and can be especially useful when fished in conjunction with Hoppers and Bobs Bits, usually fished on a dropper.

Black and Green Tadpole

An aspecially good pattern to use for the early part of the season although can be used through the year. Fish this one slowly during cold water conditions on a 12ft leader with a Buzzer or Diawl Bach on a dropper. This particular pattern is tied Montana style with an overwrap over the green thorax. This fly can be effective when damsel nymphs are hatching or even imitating the cased caddis of the sedge family, a very useful pattern and one not to be without.

Cruncher Gold Variation

The Cruncher has established itself as a 'must have' for the Brook and is a handy nymph imitation. Crunchers come in many variations and colours including the standard brown with either Badger or Greenwell, Furnace hackles, this particular pattern which includes a Gold flash is especially useful when the trout are feeding on pin fry.


The Corixa or Lesser Water Boatman of which are found in Eyebrook in vast numbers are often considered to be among the staple diet of the resident Eyebrook fish. Many variations of the Corixa exist from heavily weighted versions to buoyant patterns, all work at some time or another. The favourite pattern for Eyebrook is the silver bodied variety with a condor wing back and paddles. Another method of fishing a Corixa is in conjunction with an Ethafoam Floating Fry pattern or Deerhair Spondoolie and attach a dropper with a Corixa about 18" from the fry.Corixa can also be effective when fished under a bung or indicator.

The Pheasant Tail Nymph

A classic Trout and Grayling fly that can be used throughout the year on both stillwaters and rivers.The original pattern was created by Frank Sawyer an english river keeper and was originally devised for use on southern chalkstreams.The fly imitates the nymph of the species Baetis family generally referred to as the Olives 'Agile Darter' specifically Lake and Pond olive. A great all year round pattern and much used at Eyebrook fishery.

Diawl Bach Claret Variation

Over the past few years this fly pattern has made its mark on the world of fly fishing. Originally dressed with a full hackle the Diawl Bach translated to 'Little Devil' is now dressed more sparsley and in many differing colours with occasionally the inclusion of Jungle cock cheeks for added attraction.The Diawl Bach is another pattern that represents so many food items that may be on the trouts menu including Shrimp, Hoglouse and Red Water Mites hence the colouration of this pattern, a great fly for many stillwaters and one the discerning angler should not be caught without