With a welcome change in both weather and forecast it is perhaps a smile and a warm glow that adorns anglers keen to put behind them some ‘topsy turvy’ conditions that have either made or ruined an otherwise good days fishing.
Today good friend Keith Passant joined us for his first visit to a stretch of the Wylye… with lush green foliage but yet still high water we looked forward to something… anything… that would show interest to some of our meagre offerings.
Whilst I spent the best part of an hour dithering with my recent leader/indicator innovation, Warren and Keith made haste with their setups and went on to wet a line…
Paying particular attention to a fly Keith tied and decided to fish (I daren’t show you its scale)
Needles to say a good fish rose to the far bank opposite Keith. Now this fish is significant in that since April, Warren, Richard and I have tempted this particular fish to the fly but never quite nailed it… Keith had all but two well placed casts with said fly and…
well… nailed it he did… a stunning fish falling to a fly that did nothing other than command surprise.
Before even wetting a line myself for having dithered so long, it was time to play chef… bacon baps for lunch. Not sure if Warren’s enjoying my efforts or is about to ‘chunder’
Desperate to make amends for not having yet fished, it’s to the one handed bacon butty technique
Post lunch of baps, crisps, mars bars and tea… then more tea, we soon got down to the more serious business of fishing.
Warren below in the weir (testing) pool at the bottom of our beat with the new indicator
There’s the take right there…
I wish I could say he nailed the fish but fly fishers don’t lie.. @#&$!
With exacting setups we both focus hard and look for any micro movement… easily seen they are too
Unlike Warren I’m nailing mine… (It’s my blog and I can write what I want so ner ner)
Keith trying all manner of his excellent flies at the top of our stretch
With light fading we fish both dry and nymph to tempt some of the more regular incumbents. Given the weather we were quite surprised there was so little surface activity…
…even though a good mixture of fly were regularly active throughout the early to late afternoon: Cased and free swimming caddis, long horn sedge and a healthy number of mayfly
Let’s hope this vein of weathers continues… enjoy your fishing ~ Jim