The Itchen and start of Malcolm’s 3 day excursion. The river looks stunning in the throws of Autumn.
I get Malcolm to work his way up into ‘Richards Pool’… turbulence and food abound.
Tactics move from klink & dink to deep water nymphing and the application of favourite shot patterns to get down to the bottom huggers.
Wasting little if any time at all, this glimmer of silver falls to a #20 RNPTN from deep within.
Scouring the water throughout the day, poking flies between rugs of abundant weed.
Collecting some stunning fish along the way… plenty of grayling willing to play.
And the odd unfortunate brownie who should have had its mind on other things.
Released & relaxed.
The peach of the day, all fish coming today to size #20 flies… no hideously sized bugs here!
Depth was key today and playing with shot patterns gave the opportunity to alter depth without that of changing a winning fly.
An awesome day one. Day two tomorrow on the Test and the hope for something similar… I know it’s fishing well at the moment and conditions should see us certainly equal or better todays sublime fishing.