At last a weekend that has weather with the angler in mind. Saturday was a settling day from the storms of Friday but today was a mere feast of fishing. With many on the river as a result, being prepared to move on and stay out of sight and mind proved eventful and fruitful in equal measure.
Warren in a tucked away stretch with only ‘I’ looking on.
Cheap – Low miles, custom model but with slight leak… please call Kemosabe via smoke signal on…
Mesmerising hatches, some long horn, black sedge and even a few last lingering grannom…
…a hatch of Yellow Mayfly, the likes of which I’ve not seen in many years…
…followed by ‘morgies of midges’ as Hank would say.
Imitative responsibility fell to that of the Retirer Sedge which proved irresistible to the risers…
…all be it they were sometimes conspicuous by their absence given the volume of fly life on offer.
Everything hard earned, casts that were anything less than precise and delicate counted for nothing.
Hard earned, one of a few succumbing to the deception, stunning wild brown trout.
Eventually… I’d got the opportunity to get out with the Vision MAG 11 footers, #2/3 & #3/4.
Combined with the Rio Gold lines they were dreamy for dry fly and nymph. After a bit more use with various lines and reels for balancing I’ll follow up in detail with a closer look at these ultra long gems.
Another stunning trout to the Retirer Sedge and the rod is truly christened.
Versatility in an 11ft fly rod, I found it useful as a prodder… stop loitering and move up the pool.
Guiding Mike on SADAC water, although very local to him he’d not fished here at W.Amesbury. The weather was slightly better than was forecast, bright & warm… and thankfully void of wind & gusts.
The Retirer Sedge again accounting for many of his fish. Double figures for Mike today with a veritable mixed bag of sizes and species, ickle trout to moderately sized off season grayling.
An afternoon out of the norm. Although I’d seen mayfly active in recent weeks, today was the first upon which I’d actually seen them targeted by confident rising fish.
Mike stealthily presents a may fly imitation
A worthy adversary. The imitation being one of Paul Procter’s Loop wing Mayfly patterns.
Nailed with gusto by a…
Fish after fish, the grayling out numbering the trout three fold… there’s nowt so queer as fish!
The last fish of the afternoon.
Here’s hoping this is the corner turned, muttered in desperation… can you tell?
… darn I’ve just seen a forecast for the rest of this week, I spoke to soon – more wind and rain. Oh Joy! Will this ever settle and give us some level of consistency.
Make the best of it and enjoy it where and when you can.