A return to a more local and favoured river with Warren that teetered on the edge of just about fishable. The recent downpours have been very welcome all be it less so in their immediacy and volume, it is however thankfully running off at pace… with that pace comes better distribution of fish and the clarity with which to observe them.
The morning was spent testing some recently built leaders. Warren’s a great sounding board and from discussions I seem to have procured the best leader I’ve ever constructed in terms of turnover and versatility… a combination of extenders and tapers to suit any length of leader from 7ft through to 20ft… some wee titivating still required but it’s almost there ~ awesomeness
So with a ‘techy’ morning completed it was to an afternoon of play… the impact of recent weather visible throughout the river make for some challenging fishing
Warren fishes in what were the shallows!
With a good hatch of Olives early afternoon and having acquired a number these fine variable imitations from Warren, the only honourable thing left to do was to share its qualities with the locals
Warren did try nymphing for a few minutes with a ptn before changing to a similar olive imitation
Concentrating in the lower reaches, plenty of fish sacrificed themselves to our offering
With almost zero clarity, fish had no problems honing in on the fly
A stunning Coln wild brown trout
The joy when using a #2 weight… size matters not
Fishing and teaching on the rivers has been nigh on impossible over the last few weeks so today was what I hope to be the start of a return to normal… or as normal as normal is whatever that means.
Dear Mayfly… anytime you’re ready from here on in then please
Bugger: just seen a forecast for tomorrow and it’s yet more rain… the teetering continues!