Sunday, 6 April 2008

A New Water

The weather forecast was looking bad , we had planed a few
hours out , not wanting to miss a opportunity we decided to
give it a go . Phil found a new water which we could try and
he and Mike were to pick me up at 10am .
A quick call to the fishery early brought a little info and I
decided to tie a few flies , they both arrived as I was finishing
the last one .
After a pleasant trip through some scenic countryside and
past some fishy looking waters we arrived . As we walked
up to the water we were met by the owner he gave us a
quick rundown of prices , showed us the fisherman's cabin
which as well as being a good shelter also had a free supply
of Tea and Coffee , all in all it was a nice welcome .
We were soon all gazing at the water quite a few Trout could
be seen head and tailing , Mike noticed a hot Tub in the owners
garden and you could just about of cast a fly from it into the
water which was basically at the bottom of his garden
( ermmmm sounds R-Reet)
So having booked in we all set about tackling up ,me and Mike
were busy discussing flies and tactics I turned to ask Phil but
he was already some 20 yards away setting up in a nice spot
it brought a smile to our faces , Phil's angling knowledge picked
this out , as well as rising fish , a couple of boats laid up and a
couple of other features meant it was a good pick , he may have
only been fishing the fly a short while but having fished a long
time he has a good all round base to build from, making the
process a lot easier than someone starting from scratch.
The way the fish were feeding made me think a team of
buzzers under a suspender was the way to go , at a guess
a little black number was the ones to try , 1 hour later not a
touch !
Frustrated I turned to a blob second cast and something hit
the fly all to quickly the line slackened . I was buoyed by this
and thought a fish would soon follow ''how wrong I was'' .
Mike had followed the wind to the bottom of the water , like Phil he
has a good depth of angling knowledge , following the wind is
something both fish and then in turn we do, the fish to find food
blown down and us to catch the fish . Mike like us had little luck
the cold easterlythat cut across the water was probably responsible .
I started to fish and while doing so noticed a few fish chasing fry ,
I had a few little pulls and plucks a change to a ''Cats Whisker''
was the thing I needed to do . Mike left me to brew up , we had
decided earlier that first to catch would make the cupper's but
with the threat of dehydration becoming more likely than a fish
we changed our minds .Third cast and ''bang'' my Dad had just
text me from his Hols and as I was reading the trout hit the fly
as it dropped a good scrap and a nice fish around 2lb .
A quick re cast a slow retrieve and I was in again the fish gave a
goodaccount of itself and was of about the same size .
I now went for my brew which was stone cold , goingto the
cabin stopping to chat with Phil on my way I must be a lucky
charm as Phil hooked his first while I was with him , although
in all ikely hood it was more down to his change of tactics
suspending his pattern under a indicator . After brewing up
and on myway back he was into another .
We finished with four fish , on quite a hard but very enjoyable day ,
and we found a good welcome at a nice little water ,not too bad at all

1 comment:

phil-k said...

Very interesting day and it will encourage me to fish smaller lures higher up in the water as the season progresses.


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