Skip to product information
1 of 1

Essential Skills

Search and Sight Fishing / The Deep Diving Shrimp and Chalk Stream Entomology - Run Time 2 hours

Search and Sight Fishing / The Deep Diving Shrimp and Chalk Stream Entomology - Run Time 2 hours

Regular price £9.99 GBP
Regular price Sale price £9.99 GBP
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Search and Sight Fishing (Programme 1)

In this video we start by search fishing for trout and grayling on a stretch of the Upper Avon which Frank Sawyer keepered. We then go to the crystal clear waters of the Lambourn sight fishing for trout and grayling using his famous Pheasant Tail Nymph.

Frank Sawyer occupies a unique place in fly fishing history. He is, in my opinion one of the greatest nymph fishermen of all time. He used no bobber, yarn indicator or any other device, which would ‘set depth’ and support the nymph. Nor did he nip a split shot to the leader, he relied solely on the built in ballast of his artificials to achieve depth. To detect ‘takes’ he greased up his leader to within a yard or so of the nymph. This floating part of the leader was his only ‘strike indicator’ when he search fished. For us lesser mortals, the greased up minicon or braided sleeve does a similar job.

However Frank Sawyer is probably more famed for his ‘sight fishing’. This technique calls upon eyesight to a far greater degree than merely detecting the slight movement of his greased up leader. It requires a skill, which he said - "surpasses the high art of dry fly".

If Frank Sawyer was an expert and intuitive nymph fisher he was no less an expert at the vice. It is the construction of Sawyer’s Nymphs which makes them totally unique in fly tying - he used no tying thread whatsoever, using instead fine copper transformer wire. This wire serves four functions, ballast, foundation shape, under colour, and tying medium. To this only one other material was added – long herls from tail or quill feathers or in the case of The Killer Bug a short length of sock darning wool - pure genius.

The Deep Diving Shrimp and Chalk Stream Entomology (Programme 2)

To be consistently successful in fly fishing, some understanding of entomology is an Essential Skill. When kick sampling on chalk streams (spring creeks) you always find huge numbers of freshwater shrimps, which is why Oliver's shrimp pattern is a first class fish deceiver. However, for getting down into those deep swirling hatch pools, something a good bit heavier is required - The Oliver Edwards Deep Diving Shrimp.


You can obviously catch fish without any knowledge of entomology whatsoever, but to be consistently successful, particularly when after wild brown trout and grayling, having some understanding of aquatic insects is a definite advantage – an Essential Skill.

You don’t have to take a degree course in entomology, all you need is an interest, an enquiring mind, a good pair of eyes and a few good books or videos. Then spend some time stone turning or kick sampling.

It is not necessary to delve down to Species level, I don’t. Just concern yourself with Orders and Families. That will give you a body shape, a silhouette - the very thing which fish recognise and key onto.

The Deep Diving Shrimp

Freshwater shrimps are a preferred food for trout and grayling, and in alkaline waters, such as our English chalk streams, they can be found in truly biblical numbers, which is why my Masterclass Leaded Shrimp pattern works so well.

But for those deep hatch pools with powerful swirling currents something much heavier is required. So the trick here is to ballast the hook with a tungsten sleeve. Tungsten is twice as dense as lead, so you get all the weight you need without spoiling the outline of the Shrimp. In this video, you see in detail, every step of tying this ‘heavyweight’- and I demonstrate how to fish it, in the fast complex currents of a hatchpool.

Contents Include

  • Search Fishing on the Upper Avon
  • Sight Fishing on the Lambourne
  • Kick Sampling
  • Chalk Stream Entomology Tutorial
  • Fishing the Hatch Pool with the Deep Diving Shrimp
  • Upstream Nymphing with the Masterclass Leaded Shrimp
  • Tying the Pheasant Tail Nymph
  • Tying Frank Sawyer’s Killer Bug
  • Tying the Deep Diving Shrimp

DVD Regions

DVDs are produced in both PAL (European) and NTSC (US) television formats and all DVD regions are supported. We will dispatch your DVDs in the format and region code that corresponds to your shipping address.


Packages are sent Royal Mail 1st class within the UK or by Airmail if being shipped outside the UK. Packages over £60 are sent either signed, or tracked / signed for delivery.

As a guide, post and packing for a single DVD to a destination on the UK mainland or Northern Ireland costs £1.99, a full set of 8 DVDs will be sent signed for delivery in the UK, the post and packing is £4.99.  

International post and packing ranges from £3.99 up to £16.99 for the international tracked and signed for service for orders over £60.

Delivery times vary depending on where the goods are being sent, we cannot guarantee delivery time; rough guide for the UK is 1 to 3 days from dispatch.  International orders 5 to 12 business days from order depending on location.

Postage is calculated by weight and destination at checkout.

Learn-to-flyfish endeavour to ship orders by the following working day (working day Monday to Friday).  Please note - exceptionally busy times, e.g. Christmas, Bank Holidays, first day after the weekend, there could be a delay with dispatch depending on the volume of orders.

You will receive an email confirming when your order is physically dispatched. (Make sure when ordering your email is correct.) If no Email has been received within 48 hours check your Spam Folder.

Force Majeure.  Learn-to-flyfish will not be liable for performance delays nor for non-performance of 3rd party due to causes beyond reasonable control.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email

Last updated 15 06 22

View full details