A last foray on the river before shooting off to do some Dogging in Canada (oooh matron!). Joined again by David Cunningham twas to the Test we descended, our last trip although eventful was tough going on the Itchen in conditions I can describe no better than totally CARP!
Today was an afternoon of wonderfulness, all be it on still yet another darn freezin, grey, overcast and damp mother of a day.
Klink and dink was thy tactic, very much similar to a day out with Paul Lewis last week who although saw much success, everything that pretty much nailed his fly was trout as opposed to the elusive silver gems we were otherwise banking on.
This GH emerger imitation seemed to nail all that gazed upon it, whether a welcome species or not.
David… lurking and working the marginal drifts and current seams
Ker-plunk!… it was but perseverance and only a matter of time
before we hit trout… god forbid
After plucking a few of them initially, we were only too pleased to see this split dorsal cutie
The grayling played just hard to get, they didn’t seem as on it as the trout wanted to be… for every willing grayling there were 3 or 4 trout to contend with first. A result of being speculative no doubt…
Utter steam trains though… David’s #2 being put through the mill
again and again
Thankfully amongst the multitude of trout we did get some worthy grayling and although not matching weight pound for pound, they certainly felt like equal sparring partners.
An aerodynamic missile in any other guise
Some of the more welcome marauders we’d come to target.
A superb day that made up for the frustrating one on the Itchen. Thanks David as always, now to cut it short and go pack dog things, thermals and camera stuff… and on… and on.
The weather to come in Prince Albert (Canadian Challenge Race Start)… truly tropical
Catch each and all at the end of the month, unless I find wireless and blog you to death with how the Dogging is going… tbc