April 2006

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So on Sunday I headed down for the day to a river. It was an absolutely splendid day. If you asked me when I thought the first day of spring was, I would have said Sunday. For the first time a bit of genuine warmth, provided by the glorious sunshine. I was on stream by around 11am, and noticed a good trickle of march browns comming off, together with some large dark olives. I spent some time fishing a hare’s ear nymph below a bushy sedge, and it wasn’t too long before a feisty wee trutta came up and took the sedge, which in actual fact looked like nothing that was on the water (to my eyes anyway). Funny how that happens. I think “ok, I’ll fish a nymph today, because there’s not much moving yet”, and of course the nymph is ignored.. Ho hum.
Eventually a couple of fish did start to take the odd dun off the water with quite splashy rises, and I immediately tied on one of these jobbies and landed a beatiful little fish of around 3/4lb.

I then fished the run for a good while (I know there are plenty fish in there..) but nothing was interested.. or maybe I’d cocked it up and spooked it all. Still, same result either way.
There’s some lovely water where I was.. but nothing really rose after lunchtime.

Certainly this was because nothing much hatched after then, which I was very surprised about. Seemed ideal conditions (always beware of ideal conditions) but the hatch held back.. So of course I did what I usually do, which is sit around and enjoy the sound of the stream and take photos of the bugs I can find.

This guy’s called a large dark olive (I reckon) and is a really important spring fly on the rivers I fish. Actually, I think it’s a female (small eyes), but that’s just getting into dangerously poncy territory.. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s a bonny little critter. Something about the upwing flies I just really like. Perhaps it’s got to do with the fact that their appearence may bring on a rise, but I also reckon they’re just damn pretty. (Please come back, I’m really not as odd as I probably sound..)
Finally, I uploaded a short clip to Photobuck, really just to see if it works. Nothing very exciting I’m afraid, but I like it. A few seconds of footage of the flow of the river..

Well I headed down to one of my favourite stetches of stream today. Weather seemed ok to start with: overcast, reasonably warm, south to south west breeze.
Turned out to be a rather slow day. And by rather slow I mean of course a blank. I fished for about 7 hours, using nymphs, spiders (both fished upstream and downstream), dry fly and large meat pies. I saw precisely zero fish, and had zero takes. Still it was smashing to be out of course 🙂
The one thing that did seriously beging to rile me was that by the time I got a bit further up the river it was blowing at about force 8. The stream I was on runs from west to east, so this makes casting upstream (as I like to do) pretty interesting, especially when you are seriously crap at it.
Given the lack of fish, I then decided to practive double hauling (in the gale), but quickly realised that I’m not very good at juggling for a reason. The old hand eye coordination wasn’t quite there today..
Finally I resorted to taking some photos of the myriad of fly life on the river, which of course the truttas weren’t very interested it..

So I’ve been trying up a few of these Singaporean leaders that were posted on a forum I occasionally frequent. They seem pretty nifty actually. You can make a grand tapered leader from scratch with only one spool of cast material. I’ve got a couple I’m going to try out tomorrow that I made with 8lb line. I’ve then attatched a short piece of single diameter 8lb line to the end, which I will then attatch my tippet to. I’ll let you know how they pan out..

Well it’s nearly the weekend, so I’m desperately looking forward to getting out. The forecast seems ok for tomorrow in my haunts, so let’s hope there’s some kind of a hatch 🙂

Been some grand weather this week whilst I’ve been stuck at my desk..

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